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01 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 15499)  

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Title Meeting on the European Convention on Transfrontier Television and draft Law on Prevention of Media Concentration  
Description - Original Location: Belgrade, Serbia (S&M) 
Status Completed 
Date 11/12/2008 
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 1.1 - R.1 The compliance of new and/or amended existing laws and regulations on freedom of expression and freedom of the media with Council of Europe/EU standards.
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 1 Authorities are assisted to meet CoE standards when revising or developing regulatory frameworks concerning media and new communication services.

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Organisation of meetings - Round Table 
Directorate (Service) Human Rights and Legal Affairs (Cooperation - Legal and Human Rights Capacity Building Department)
CoE Contact DERVISAGIC, Lejla   email
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1 http://www.coe.int/media  
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Activity Synopsis (ID# 15499) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) Presentations of the European Convention on Transfrontier Television and the draft Law on unlawful concentration and publicity of the ownership of public media to the members of Parliament 
Output/Results Since the ECTT is still not ratified by Serbia and the draft law is not finalized and adopted, there were no possibilities to organize events relevant for the implementation of these regulations.
However, it was extremely important to inform and familiarize relevant state authorities, in this particular case, MPs and staff of the Serbian Parliament, with provisions of this documents and general importance and ratio of both the Convention and the Law.

It is expected that the ECTT will be adopted by the Parliament in next few months. Also, since the Law on unlawful concentration and publicity of the ownership of media is of significant importance for regulation in media field, the Ministry of Culture has suggested to organize workshop in form of hearing in the National Assembly, more particularly to the member of the Committee for Culture and Media and Committee for European Integrations, to present Draft law to members of the Parliament, to present intention and solutions offered by this document. In that way MP's have received information related to the draft law on media concentration and will be able to participate in discussion which will precede to adoption of the proposed law.
Working group has finalized the draft law and the Ministry of Culture will, in accordance with relevant national procedure, deliver that document to the National Assembly in the very near future.

National experts have presented all three parts of the draft law: transparency of ownership, criteria to declare media concentration and responsibility of state authorities to prevent media concentration. Members of the working group have explained that they first did a research of European regulation and experiences of other, especially neighbouring countries. It was underlined, that one of the greatest outcomes of this law is that, once its adopted, will be possible to get information on number of media outlets, present in Serbia, which is not a case now. Beside regulation of media concentration itself, transparency of ownership will disabled possible manipulations both in printed and electronic media.

Presentation of the ECTT was done by the Minister, Mr Nebojsa Bradic. The Committee for Culture and Media will forward this Convention to the general debate for the spring session of the Parliament.

MPs were very keen to pose questions to experts, mostly related to the draft Law and how this Law might effect current media situation, both in terms of concentration and transparent ownership.

Conclusions/Follow Up As conclusion, members of Parliament agreed that presentation of draft laws to the specialized committees of National assembly should become practice because it enables better understanding of draft laws which are waiting for adoption.
Participants Members of Parliament 
CoE Secretariat Vladan Joksimovic, Council of Europe Office in Belgrade 
Total No. Participants 30 
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