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Parliamentary questions
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5 December 2018
Answer given by Ms Gabriel on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004437/2018

The Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM) is implemented by the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) at the European University Institute (EUI) which draws up its reports in full independence. The Commission provides funding to the project but does not itself assess or monitor the state of media pluralism in Member States.

Media freedom and pluralism also underpin the Audiovisual Media Services Directive. However, Treaty Protocol 29 on the system of public broadcasting in the Member States stipulates that while the system of public broadcasting in each Member State is directly related to the need to preserve media pluralism, the organisation of the public service remit to be fulfiled by the public broadcaster falls within the competence of each Member State.

Consequently, while media pluralism is enshrined in Article 11 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights. by virtue of the abovementioned Protocol and Article 51(1) of the Charter — which lays down that the Charter is addressed to Member States only when they are implementing EC law — the case highlighted by the Honourable Member does not appear to fall within the competence of the EU.

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