The European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services formally adopted a statement on the need for regulatory independence at its second full meeting in Brussels. In an agenda setting move for the incoming college of Commissioners the group of 28 heads or high level representatives of the independent national regulatory authorities for audiovisual media services called for “the identification, at European level, of common characteristics that any independent regulator in our sector should be equipped with.” They specifically referred to the mention in the Audiovisual Media Services Directive‘s Article 30 of “independent regulatory bodies” and requested the new commission consider their recommendation in the upcoming REFIT, or review, of this legislation.

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