Scrutiny Information

Scrutiny date: 14/10/2016

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Information on parliamentary scrutiny

The Committee on Culture discussed the proposal at its 14th meeting of 7 October 2016.

And at it's 102nd meeting of 14 October 2016 the Committee on EU Affairs of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the following Position:

The Republic of Slovenia welcomes the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2010/13/EU on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services in view of changing market realities. The Republic of Slovenia supports the Commission’s proposals for the harmonisation of measures in the field of audiovisual media services considering the rapid technological development, the necessary regulation of linear and non-linear services, and the partial regulation of video-sharing platforms, with due account of the national circumstances and specifics of the Member States. In terms of development and significance of the audiovisual media market, the Republic of Slovenia finds it highly important that the EU adopt harmonised bases for:
-    effective measures to ensure market competitiveness and equal conditions,
-    promoting the industry’s development,
-    adequate protection of users, in particular minors, against harmful content, and for properly regulated advertising, and
-    achieving the objectives of cultural and linguistic diversity in Europe.

The Republic of Slovenia in principle supports the measures to protect minors from harmful content, but believes that it should be regulated in a way that will not conflict with Directive 2000/31/EC, that will preserve the openness of the Internet, respect the principle of proportionality, and at the same time take into account the real possibilities of the providers of online platforms, the principle of minimum harmonization with due consideration of legislative solutions at the national level, and equal conditions for audiovisual media services and providers of online audiovisual content.

Therefore, it has reservations as regards the new Article 28a concerning the proposed manner of regulating the protection of minors from content that could harm their physical, mental and moral development, and the protection of all citizens from content that includes incitement to violence or hatred directed at a particular group of persons. It is in fact concerned about the increasing liability for the content and the related active obligation for the providers of information society services, namely video-sharing platforms, to adopt specific measures, which has so far been adequately regulated by the rules and conditions for the exclusion of their liability  under the Directive on electronic commerce 2000/31/EC.

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