Only three countries adopted legislative proposals to implement the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive 2018/1808 ("AVMSD") ahead of the 19 September 2020 deadline for transposition by the Member States. The European Commission's aim with the AVMSD is to create media regulation that is appropriate for the 21st century. The revised Directive has a broader scope than its predecessor and includes, among other things, obligations for video platform service providers.
Despite the COVID-19 crisis, the implementation deadline of the AVMSD was not postponed, as Commissioner Thierry Breton stated in his speech of 4 May 2020. Meanwhile, guidelines to help Member States implement the AVMSD were adopted on 2 July 2020.
Currently, legislative proposals for the implementation of the AVMSD have been adopted in Hungary, which was the first country to do so, followed by Germany and Denmark. Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom have at least published a consultation document, but the legislative proposal has not been adopted yet. The UK has also notified the draft implementing legislation to the EU, although it has not yet been adopted. Italy has not yet published a consultation document.
Key points in the revised Directive
Among the important revisions in the new AVMSD are the following points:
Bird & Bird keeps track of the transposition of the new rules in the Member States where it has offices via the Bird & Bird Implementation Tracker AVMS Directive.
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