Death of a Convention: Competition between the Council of Europe and European Union in the Regulation of Broadcasting

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    This article considers a dispute between the European Union and Council of Europe regarding their respective roles in the broadcasting field, so as to explain and assess its relevance for the development at the international level of media law and policy. The dispute is a long-running one and dates back to the adoption of the first EEC Directive and Council Convention on this subject in 1989. It is argued that the expansion of the scope of EU broadcasting law and the consolidation of the European Commission's role in external affairs left little room for the Council to continue to exercise influence over the regulation of the electronic media in the way it has done for some time. The exact nature of the dispute between the institutions, and the response of a vocal member state, is ascertained through consideration of published minutes and internal correspondence, set in the context of doctrinal and political developments. The article concludes with analysis of possible future actions for the Council.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)133-155
    JournalJournal of Media Law
    Journal publication date01 Jul 2013
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 01 Jul 2013

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