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16 April 2014
E-002132/2014(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Kroes on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-002132/2014

The Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)(1) contains harmonised rules for the protection of minors. It obliges Member States to take appropriate measures to ensure that television broadcasts by broadcasters under their jurisdiction that are likely to impair the physical, mental or moral development of minors, not normally be heard or seen by minors in the area of transmission. Recital 60 of the AVMSD states that ‘Measures taken to protect the physical, mental and moral development of minors and human dignity should be carefully balanced with the fundamental right to freedom of expression as laid down in the Charter on Fundamental Rights of the European Union. …’

The Lithuanian law on the ‘Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information’(2) was notified to the Commission on 29 July 2011. The Commission is in the process of assessing the compatibility of the transposition of the AVMSD into Lithuanian legislation with the EU acquis.

The Commission reiterates its commitment to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation to the full extent of the powers conferred on it by the Treaties and recalls that it already conducts a very active policy in this field(3).

(1)http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:32010L0013:EN:NOT
(2)http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&reference=P7-TA-2009-0019&language=EN
(3)This includes legislation, financial support to national authorities and NGOs, peer learning activities and studies http://ec.europa.eu/justice/discrimination/orientation/index_en.htm

OJ C 365, 15/10/2014
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