A PDF version of the “Yellow Overview” document can be downloaded here.


The media are facing dual crises: economic and digital.

A working group[1] of journalists, publishers and other media experts have studied the European media landscape, including many past failures at EU level. The Association of European Journalists, present in many countries, asked Christophe Leclercq to chair this group.

A Draft paper was prepared and circulated in advance of the European Parliament Hearings for Commissioners Designate in September 2014. Then it was discussed at the annual AEJ Congress in October, 20 pages, copy here. Fondation EurActiv hosted the working group and decided to speed up the debate, with the #Media4EU event and “Yellow Overview”.

Typically, each EU mandate takes at least one policy initiative regarding press freedom or pluralism: good. Charlie Hebdo reminded us that it is not a given. How about tackling the economic challenges? Just like any other key EU sector, the Juncker Commission could trigger strategic thinking, not necessarily direct intervention.


  • Revenues are in free fall, budgets, jobs and titles are being cut across Europe. In Brussels, for example, the number of EU accredited journalists has declined significantly since 2004.
  • Technology: sector in transformation, but expensive IT & continuous re-training. Many readers rely on social media & searches. While vibrant, these often do not provide context and balance. Some of it feeds off media coverage anyway, and “sucks” most advertising.
  • EU media policy since 2009 has been inconsistent: big subsidies for film, TV & radio, much communication & consultancy spending, but very little for independent media. Some perceive overregulation, state interference.
  • A Single Digital Market is necessary as an overall horizontal policy. But it is insufficient to support the diversity of sustainable media. We also need a vertical policy: a strategy for the media sector. A democratic institution such as the EU requires and deserves this.

RECOMMENDATION: DEVELOP AN EU STRATEGY, implemented during 2014-2019

We recommend that the EU and stakeholders urgently review the following 6 Policy Principles along with 6 matching Practical EU Actions. These could be facilitated by establishing a High-Level Group now to advise on EU media policy during the current mandate.







Further comments welcome in the comment box below, via #MEDIA4EU on Twitter, or by email to

[1] Consultations included individuals from AEJ, API, EBP, EMMA, EJC and Fondation EurActiv (acting as chair and convener) + experts from EU institutions, academia and other media groupings: most listed in the Sept Draft AEJ Report.

Author :


  1. Pingback: Cheap

    I am not selfish but I love myself very much. Self-maintenance is the most important part of my life. I like to work out daily, loves to eat healthy food and also cares my skin. I am very caring for myself as well as the people around me. I usually love food which I makes myself at home rather than going to restaurants, instead I’d prefer spending time on movies, walk in the parks and visit a friend’s place. And I will also love my man the same as I love myself because my man is my choice. Hoping that life experience and my inner passion will allow me to make this choice correctly. I believe, I have the best version of myself and I will attract the right man.
    More about me, I am a professional singer. Yeah! Maybe you don’t believe that but yes I am. I am in love with music for the last fifteen years. You can say that music is my passion. I love performing in front of the crowd. I love it when people appreciate you and motivate you. I perform at different occasions, events, functions and also at stage shows as Bangalore escorts. Well, I’ve been single for a quite long time and I think that maybe this is the time to get mingle and I came on this website. I am looking for a fun partner right now because I don’t want to directly go into a serious relationship with someone after spending a little amount of time. I don’t want to judge anyone in this little amount of time.
    But these are just words, relationship is more than finding the person, it’s also about being the right person with Bangalore escort agency. I am truthful to the one I have chosen to be with, I am ready to give my love from my heart. Everything depends on us, it’s in our hand. I would love to date an interesting man with a kind nature, who is also caring like I do. With such Beautiful Escort it is impossible you don’t enjoy. A perfect companion and great sex partner!
    Very upbeat and fun! I have got a wonderful gift that allows me to tune in to your individual needs without you having to say a word being Bangalore Independent Escorts. I will make you feel very comfortable from very first minute you meet me. Sweet and welcoming will ensure your time together is all about you. I would be a great choice for those who looking for a real escort girl friend experience. You will pleased just too sexy fun with charming flirtatious young escort women who loves to engage in serious and long foreplay before sex starting with relaxing you.
    I am beautiful petite curvy escort and long black hair compliment to my beauty. I am very welcoming, easy going girl who can get along with all sorts of personalities. In my spare time I love reading novels and visiting theatres, dance, travel and meeting new people. If you treat me well, Bangalore escort services will make your time together one a kind and unforgettable!

Leave a Reply