EIF meets the EU Media Futures Forum

EIF Cocktail Reception


The EU Media Futures Forum was established by Vice-President Kroes in December 2011 to reflect on the impact of the digital revolution on European media industries, the resulting risks and opportunities for these industries for consumers and citizens, and the emerging new business models – against a background of economic uncertainty and reduced revenue for traditional media.

It is a multi-stakeholder group chaired by Christian van Thillo, CEO of De Persgroep, with more than 20 personalities from across the media industry value-chain (publishing, broadcasting, advertising, telecommunications, equipment manufacturers, social media and online industries). 

The aim of this Forum is to foster debates on the futures of EU media and issue recommendations on how best to incentivize quality content and journalism while seizing the benefits of the digital revolution.

They presented their final report and recommendations for the European media industry to thrive in the digital world in September 2012. It is the first time that representatives from across the media industry value-chain, often competing with each other, agree on recommendations for their future. Their report is available here.

This EIF Reception will give EIF members and the Forum’s members the opportunity to meet and discuss this report with an open debate.

DRAFT AGENDA - 19/03/2013

Welcome and introductory remarks:

Pilar del Castillo MEP and EIF Chair 

Eight solutions to the bottlenecks encountered by the media content sector

Presentation of the EU Media Futures Forum's recommendations by Forum members facing concrete obstacles to thriving in the digital world:

Erkki Ormala (Nokia) introductory remarks and on the solution "Increasing access and use of legal content and services from anywhere in the EU and on any device"

Rob de Spa (Wegener Media) on the solution "Treat like as like"

Rhys Noelke (RTL) on the solution "Avoid new barriers to entry"

Thierry Geerts (Google) on the solution "rewarding creation and creators of content"

Exchange of views with participants

Other attending members of the EU Media Futures Forum:

Nicolas Gaudemet (Orange)

Patrick Grüter (Disney)

Jesper Hermansen (Danish government)

Paul Hofheinz (The Lisbon council)

Caroline Pauwels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Diana Wallis (former MEP)

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