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Follow up: the European Initiative for Media Pluralism

Submitted by on February 4, 2012 – 16:28No Comment

On Jan­u­ary 26, the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion pre­sented its new web­site for the imple­men­ta­tion of Euro­pean Cit­i­zen Ini­tia­tives. Two months before the launch­ing of first ini­tia­tives, this ‘warm­ing up Con­férence’ aimed at intro­duc­ing reg­is­ter­ing process and explain­ing how to col­lect signatures.

The numer­ous articles/comments that fol­lowed the Con­fer­ence con­firm the wide inter­est but also the wor­ries rose by the new tool. In spite of its demo­c­ra­tic promises, numer­ous voices ques­tion its implementation’s con­di­tions. First, the fact that there is no homo­gene­ity in national require­ments for data nec­es­sary to sign up will cer­tainly com­pli­cate the col­lect at the Euro­pean level. Then, bureau­cratic and heavy processes risk to led to dis­crim­i­na­tion, by priv­i­leg­ing biggest civil soci­ety organ­i­sa­tions that have finan­cial means and human resources to run the cam­paign. In this con­text, can social media off­set this ‘inequal­ity before the ICE’?

Be that as it may, the first ini­tia­tives will soon allow us to exper­i­ment and eval­u­ate those con­di­tions. Behind the cold goal of 1 mil­lion state­ments of sup­port, the aim is also to open pub­lic debates, make them get into ter­ri­to­ries, schools, cafés, homes… will fol­low up the dif­fer­ent cam­paigns and is espe­cially com­mit­ted in the Euro­pean Ini­tia­tive for Media Plu­ral­ism, which will pro­pose the imple­men­ta­tion of the Euro­pean Commission’s Media Plu­ral­ism Mon­i­tor, aban­doned in its draw­ers, and a more effec­tive antitrust leg­is­la­tion at EU level gov­ern­ing con­cen­tra­tion in media and publicity.

The first step of its prepa­ra­tion, in 2011, included a wide range of con­sul­ta­tions and allowed com­mit­ted organ­i­sa­tions to define their aims – auda­cious enough but real­is­tic. The sec­ond step involved some experts to shrewdly exam­ine the pro­posal in order to make sure the Com­mis­sion won’t invalid it, hid­ing behind its incompetence.

The campaign’s web­site is already online. For the moment, you will essen­tially find infor­ma­tion about its prepa­ra­tion process but we will inform you about its evolution.

Related posts:

  1. Towards a Euro­pean Ini­tia­tive for Media Plu­ral­ism — March 31st, 2011
  2. Cit­i­zen ini­tia­tive for Media Plu­ral­ism: from Brus­sels to Bologna
  3. 26 April 2012: Launch of the Euro­pean Ini­tia­tive for Media Pluralism
  4. Defend­ing media plu­ral­ism by mon­i­tor­ing threats in the Mem­ber States
  5. Should media plu­ral­ism be legally guaranteed?

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