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29 March 2020

Activity Details (ID# 33577)  

 
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Title International Conference “DIGITAL BROADCASTING IN EUROPE: LEGAL, REGULATORY AND TECHNICAL ASPECTS'' 
Description On October 27 within the framework of the programme of Ukraine’s Chairmanship in the Committee of Ministers, the Media JP together with the National Broadcasting Council of Ukraine organized an international conference “Digital broadcasting in Europe: legal, regulatory and technical aspects”. The event aimed at sharing good practices in implementing the process of switchover to digital broadcasting in European countries, getting a view of the state of affairs in Ukraine to date, identifying the most sensitive challenges of the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting and discussing potential solutions. Among the 130 participants were representatives of the regulatory authorities from 8 European countries, representatives of the European Broadcasting Union and European Audiovisual Observatory, representatives of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Ukrainian MPs, representatives of national, local and regional broadcasters, civil society and researchers. 36 journalists attended and reported on the event. 
Status Completed 
Date 26/10/2011 - 27/10/2011 
Location Kyiv, Ukraine
Countries CoE Members: Ukraine
  Bilateral
  Joint Programme Activity - Ukr-Media
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP Ukr-Media - Promoting European Standards in the Ukrainian Media Environment    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2008/DGHL/JP/2113   Promotion of European Standards in the Ukrainian Media Environment
Expected Result 1.2 - The legal framework and institutional capacity of a Public Service Broadcaster is developed and draft Digital Broadcasting Strategy for Ukraine produced
 PoA
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Democracy
Line of Action ⇒ III.3 – Promoting Democratic Governance and Stability
Programme ☆ III.3.2  Good governance, Internet and Media

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Organisation of meetings - Conference 
Directorate Human Rights and Legal Affairs 
CoE Contact ,   email
Partners National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine. - National Institution
Last Modified 09/12/2011 


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Objective(s) The event aimed at sharing good practices in implementing the process of switchover to digital broadcasting in European countries, getting a view of the state of affairs in Ukraine to date, identifying the most sensitive challenges of the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting and discussing potential solutions. 
Output/Results The Conference brought together representatives of European regulatory and state authorities, of the media industry, of NGOs and other experts, to discuss possible approaches to the digital switch-over.

Digital broadcasting plays a key role in a modern democratic society, in particular in transmitting cultural, economic, social and political ideas and values.

In its Declaration on the allocation and management of the digital dividend and the public interest adopted on 20 February 2008, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe declared that member states should acknowledge the public nature of the digital dividend resulting from the switchover and the need to manage it efficiently in the public interest.

Having discussed the general and the specific issues with regard to the transition to digital broadcasting, the participants identified a number of challenges and looked for approaches to deal with them.

 
Conclusions/Follow Up At the end of the conference, the participants agreed on the following conclusions and recommendations:
• Council of Europe member states, including Ukraine, need to pay special attention to the promotion of pluralism, cultural and linguistic diversity and access of the public to audiovisual services in the allocation and management of the digital dividend. They should also consider the benefit that the digital dividend may bring to society in terms of an increased number of diversified audiovisual services. After the initial investment, digital dividend [should be allocated] for the benefit of the society as well as business
• Cooperation between the Ukrainian and European partners in serving the public interests and as well as meeting the needs of the broadcasters in the digital switch-over process is essential;
• The switchover to digital broadcasting is among the key areas to be considered in the process of adoption and implementation of a public-service broadcasting law in Ukraine in line with European standards;

• Involvement of all stakeholders in solving the problems during the transition to digital broadcasting in Ukraine should be encouraged; further dialogue between the regulator and the broadcasting sector regarding the most economic way to organize the simulcast period should be organized, based on best European practices;

• A transparent and inclusive approach in developing and implementing of a strategy for the transition from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting should be further promoted;

• Further alignment of the Ukrainian legislation and regulatory practices with the European standards should be pursued in close cooperation with the Council of Europe;

• Fair, transparent and non-discriminatory access to services related to digital broadcasting, particularly in the redistribution of the frequency spectrum, should be guaranteed.

• Any state should support vulnerable groups.

• Incumbant local and regional broadcasters should be given sufficient consideration in the digitalization process.

The transition to digital broadcasting in Ukraine expected to finish by 2015 provides a unique opportunity for practically complete coverage with broadcasting services for the citizens. Ukraine should make full use of this opportunity using the experience of other European countries and in cooperation with the Council of Europe and the European Union.
 
Participants Representatives of the regulatory authorities from 8 European countries, representatives of the European Broadcasting Union and European Audiovisual Observatory, representatives of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Ukrainian MPs, representatives of national, local and regional broadcasters, civil society and researchers, journalists 
Consultants/Experts  
CoE Secretariat Ms. Martina Silvestri 
Total No. Participants 130 
Last Modified

09/12/2011 




 
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