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17 October 2011
Question for written answer E-009281/2011
to the Commission
Rule 117
Rui Tavares (Verts/ALE) , Helga Trüpel (Verts/ALE) , Niccolò Rinaldi (ALDE) , Miguel Portas (GUE/NGL) , Patrick Le Hyaric (GUE/NGL) and Alexander Alvaro (ALDE)

 Subject: Implementation of a media pluralism monitoring tool
 Answer in writing 

In the context of its ‘three-step approach for advancing the debate on media pluralism within the European Union’, the European Commission, in 2007, asked for a study whose objective was to develop a monitoring tool for assessing risks for media pluralism in the EU Member States and to identify threats to such pluralism based on a set of indicators covering pertinent legal, economic and socio-cultural considerations. This study was carried out by a consortium of three academic institutes and was launched in 2009. Since then, nothing has been done to implement this media pluralism monitoring tool in EU Member States. The European Parliament has presented a PILOT project to enable the implementation of the MPM tool for assessing media freedom across the EU.

However, the European Commission’s evaluation of this preliminary proposal was a D, which means that the Commission considers that the pilot project ‘can not be implemented or similar actions have already been carried out in the past’.

Could the Commission tell us how much was spent on this study?

If the Commission considers that media pluralism is a competency of Member States, why did it ask for this study?

Does the Commission consider that, even though the EU has spent resources on this study and on the development of this tool, it will never be implemented?

Does the Commission agree that there is an increasing need for a tool that would be implemented by an independent entity to monitor media pluralism in EU Member States, especially when we consider recent cases which reveal that there is a real problem with media pluralism in the majority of EU Member States?

 OJ C 154 E, 31/05/2012
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