The digitisation of broadcasting in the EU has been encouraged by the Commission since 2002 because it has significant advantages over analogue broadcasting. This digitisation can be carried out technically via terrestrial, satellite or cable platforms or through broadband Internet access.
Since 1995, information and communication technologies (ICTs) have driven productivity gains and growth in the EU. The concept of ICTs covers a broad spectrum of technologies, ranging from information technology (IT) through telecommunications, broadcast media, and all types of audio and video processing and transmission to network-based control and monitoring functions. Over the past three decades, technological ‘convergence’ has been blurring the boundaries between telecommunications, broadcasting and IT. Although linear broadcasting continues to be the principal medium of information distribution and entertainment in Europe, more and more audiovisual content is available on demand, while exponential growth in 4G and 5G internet connectivity and the ‘internet of things’ (IoT) gives the internet an increasingly ubiquitous dimension. With a view to addressing the different challenges, the Commission launched the digital single market in 2015 to deliver the main legislative proposals set as priority, such as boosting e-commerce, copyright, audiovisuals, the telecoms review, ePrivacy, harmonisation of digital rights, affordable parcel delivery, harmonised VAT rules and cybersecurity.
The Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) agreed today on the Council’s position on a proposal to facilitate digital transmissions and retransmissions of TV and radio programmes in the internal market.
This position serves as a mandate for the Council to enter into negotiations with the European Parliament.
Update: The draft minutes are now available.
The Council will be invited to agree on a general approach to establish a single digital gateway. Ministers will also take part in a debate on industrial policy with a view to adopting conclusions on a future EU strategy on this topic. In addition, the regular “Competitiveness check-up” part of the session will focus on industrial policy objectives. The Council will examine the way forward for the EU space programmes and will be invited to adopt conclusions on the mid-term review of the Copernicus programme. Finally, A set of draft conclusions titled “From the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 towards the ninth framework programme” will be submitted to the Council for approval.