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Strengthening the European audiovisual media market – for the

development of the European identity

Riga, 9 – 10 March 2015

 Working languages: Latvian, French, English

Day 1

Monday, 9 March

10.00 – 11.00

Registration of participants and morning coffee

11.00 – 11.30

Opening of the conference

H.E. Ināra Mūrniece – Speaker of the Saeima (Latvian Parliament)

Dace Melbārde – Minister for Culture of the Republic of Latvia

11.30 – 11.50

Keynote address

Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga – Chair of the High-Level group on Freedom and Pluralism of the Media in the European Union (2011-2013)

11.50 – 13.20


Plenary session I

Regulatory framework –the scope of the AVMS Directive


Maja Cappello – Head of the Department for Legal Information, European Audiovisual Observatory

Alexander Scheuer – Head of Media Regulation & Policy, Deutsche Telekom

Lorena Boix Alonso – Head of Converging Media and Content Unit, DG Connect, European Commission

Moderator: Andris MellakaulsHead of Information Space Integration Division, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia

13.00 – 14.30


14.30 – 16.00

Plenary session I (continued)

The country of origin principle for audiovisual media services


Ross Biggam – Director General, Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT)

Henrik Toremark – Group Head of Public Affairs, Modern Times Group (MTG)

Egils Levits – Judge, Court of Justice of the European Union

Moderator: Andris Mellakauls – Head of Information Space Integration Division, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia

16:00 – 16:30

Coffee break

16.30 – 18.00

Working groups (no traslation):

Working group I: Independence of regulators (Hall "Jūra")


Emmanuelle Machet – Coordinator of the Secretariat of the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA)

Francesco Sciacchitano – Senior legal expert, AGCOM, Italy

Tim Suter – Managing Director, Perspective Associates

Moderator: Silvia Grundmann – Head of the Media Division, DG Human Rights and Rule of Law, Council of Europe

Working group II: Technical compatibility – one European standard? (Room 122)


Sheila Cassells – Director of the Digital Interoperability Forum (DIF)

Klaus Illgner-Fehns – Managing Director of Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT), Chairman of Hybrid broadcast broadband TV Association (HbbTV)


Antoine Larpin – European Legal & International Affairs Manager, Panasonic

Moderator: Elisabeth Markot – Policy Officer Converging Media and Content, DG Connect, European Commission

Working group III: Access and findability (Hall "Ziedoņa")


Nicola Frank – Head of the European Affairs, European Broadcasting Union (EBU)

Chris Hutchins – Vice-President of European Policy, Liberty Global

Moderator: Lorena Boix Alonso – Head of Converging Media and Content,  DG Connect, European Commission


Informal evening in the Old Town at the Folk Club ALA Basement, Peldu iela 19


Day 2

Tuesday, 10 March

09.00 – 09.30

Plenary session II

Reporting back from the working groups

09.30 – 11.00

Ensuring plurality and values in a converged media environment: Monitoring of national-level freedom and pluralism of the media


Peggy Valcke – Professor in Law, KU Leuven and the European University Institute

Susanne Fengler – Director of the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism and the European Journalism Observatory (EJO)

Steve Gettings – Director of International Affairs, OFCOM and Chair of ERGA sub-group on material jurisdiction

Moderator: Ingvil Conradi Andersen – Senior Adviser, Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media, OSCE

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00

Plenary session II (continued)

Convergence – is graduated regulation still appropriate?

(European works; Advertising; Protection of minors)


Tobias Schmid – Chairman of the Board, Association of Commercial Broadcasters (Germany), Audiovisual Services and Executive Vice-President Governmental Affairs, RTL Group

Toms Meisītis – Director of legal affairs, Lattelecom, Latvia

Siada El Ramly – Director General, European Digital Media Association (EDiMA)

Moderator: Marcel Boulogne – Head of Sector Audiovisual Media Services, Converging Media and Content, DG Connect, European Commission

13.00 – 13.30

Summing up, closing speeches

Giuseppe Abbamonte – Director, Directorate G Media & Data, DG Connect, European Commission

Ainārs Dimants – Chair of the National Electronic Mass Media Council of Latvia



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