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06 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 15495)  

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Title Workshop on the implementation of the Law on media concentration 
Description - Original Location: Belgrade, Serbia (S&M) 
Status Completed 
Date 23/04/2008 
Location Belgrade, Serbia
Countries CoE Members: Serbia
  Joint Programme Activity - Media-Serb II
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP Media-Serb II - Support to promote freedom of expression and information and freedom of media in accordance with CoE/EU standards    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2006/DGHL/JP/1648   Media-Serb 2 - To support the establishment of a regulatory framework for freedom of expression and for the media
Expected Result 1.2 - R.2 Public authorities are informed and trained on European standards on freedom of expression and information.
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Human Rights
Line of Action ⇒ I.3 – Human Rights in public policy
Programme ☆ I.3.5  Media, information society and data protection
Project 2008/DGHL/1416 Legislative assistance, training, awareness raising
Expected Result 2 Authorities are informed of and trained in the implementation of CoE standards on freedom of expression and information, as well as on issues related to the regulation of the media and communication services, in particular during elections.

Working Method

Organisation of meetings - Round Table 
Directorate Human Rights and Legal Affairs 
CoE Contact DERVISAGIC, Lejla   email
Web Pages
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1 http://www.coe.int/media  
Last Modified 10/12/2008 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 15495) (Hide Synopsis)

Output/Results The general purpose of this activity was to present the draft law and comments made by the CoE experts and to enable exchange of views between legislators and to introduce the CoE expert.

The CoE expert, Mr Ad van Loon, presented his expert opinion which consist of five parts:

- An introduction which outlines the European legal and policy frameworks for national rules pursuing transparency of ownership relations in the media sectors;
- An introduction which outlines the European legal and policy frameworks for national (ownership) rules pursuing media pluralism and diversity of media content;
- Analysis of the extent to which those European legal and policy frameworks are binding for Serbia;
- Detailed comments on particular provisions of the draft Law;

A Draft law was discussed article by article to help WG to preparea final version of the Draft law.

CoE experts agreed that the proposed draft law offers positive improvements in relation to the existing legislation and that it was prepared with the aim of promoting media pluralism and media transparency through generally accepted European standards. However, additional improvement is needed.

Activity was organized in co-operation with the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Serbia, under the EAR/CoE joint project Support to Freedom of Expression and Information in Sebia.
Conclusions/Follow Up After this RT, working group will make some changes and prepare final version which will be sent to the National Assembly for adoption. Representatives of the working group and the Ministry of Culture expect that draft law will be adopted until the end of 2008. On the other side, further developments very much depend on the political will and post election process in Serbia.
A follow-up meeting on the importance of the Law on Prevention of Media Concentration is planned in December 2008.
Participants The participants (20) were made up of media and legal professionals and representatives of relevant international and non-governmental organizations.

Participants were satisfied with the presented expert opinions and were taking part in lively discussion.
All the participants agreed that the adoption of the Law on media concentration is of significant importance for Serbia and they expect it to help regulation in the field of media practice in line with EU standards.
Consultants/Experts Expert opinion was prepared by:

Dr. Sandra Bašić-Hrvatin, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, former chairperson of the Slovene Broadcasting Council.

Ad van Loon, Managing Director, X-Media Strategies; former Adminstrator at the Media Division of the Council of Europe and former Legal Advisor of the European Audiovisual Observatory, who was only present at the meeting.
CoE Secretariat Mr. Vladan Joksimovic, HR Adviser, CoE Belgrade Office – moderator 
Total No. Participants 27 
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