In developing the proposal for the law on Audio-Visual Media Services, the Ministry of Culture, with the support of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Montenegro, the OSCE Mission to Montenegro and the Council of Europe organised a public consultation on the proposed media law.
Head of the Co-operation Section at the EU Delegation to Montenegro, Hermann Spitz said that Montenegro, as candidate country, has to align its legislation with the EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive and that the process needs to be inclusive, co-ordinated and transparent.
“The EU, together with our partners Council of Europe and OSCE, is glad to provide expertise and help Montenegro with the Draft Law on Audio Visual Media Services. The set of three new laws, which are being prepared by Montenegro, as well as the ongoing call for new Council of the Agency for Electronic Media, represent very good opportunities for improving Montenegro’s track record in the media field. This is something that citizens expect and that the EU will continue to monitor very closely,” said Spitz.
The Minister of Culture Aleksandar Bogdanovic recalled that in 2018, a legislative review was initiated to align the media law with international standards supported by experts from the European Commission, Council of Europe and the OSCE, followed by a broad social dialogue of all stakeholders.
“Due to the rapid development of the media industry, the conditions have been created that additional issues of relevance to the free and undisturbed work of electronic media are regulated by law. The draft Law on Audio-Visual Media Services implemented the Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending the Audio-Visual Media Services Directive, was adopted at the end of 2018 in the European Parliament. Also, the draft recommendations were implemented from the JUFREX Analysis of the Media Sector of Montenegro,” said Minister Bogdanovic,
According the Minister, the Government is an open partner in the field of democratic and reform processes based on the EU standard of regulated media environment, as an essential precondition for building an open, multicultural society, with full readiness towards European integration.
Head of the OSCE Mission to Montenegro Maryse Daviet recalled that the two other media round tables happened this year: One in February on the Draft Law on Media and another in March on the Draft Law on RTCG.
“Both round tables gave the public the opportunity to discuss the proposed amendments, as well as to hear the analysis of a number of international media legislation experts. With this third round table we hope to provide you with the same opportunity,” said Daviet.