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Digital Agenda: First meeting of EU Media Futures Forum
Brussels, 7 December – European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes has established a group to debate how to improve the policy framework for European media industries, chaired by Christian van Thillo, CEO of De Persgroep. The first of five group debates will take place today focussing on the impacts of the digital revolution on European media industries, and will provide input designed to foster pluralist media sector and quality journalism in spite of recent declining revenues.
Neelie Kroes said: "I want out-of-the box thinking. I want to know what the Commission can do to facilitate media's contribution to our democracy and economic growth. The digital revolution is turning media upside down: how can we use the digital Single Market and other tools to capture the potential of this new dynamic?"
The Commission will be looking for Forum members to foster debate throughout 2012, by bringing ambitious personal thinking to the Forum rather than homogenised industry or company views.
The Forum draws on the knowledge and experience of more than 20 personalities from the publishing, broadcasting, advertising, telecommunications, equipment manufacturers, social media and online industries. Members of the European Parliament and representatives of the Council of Ministers have a standing invitation to participate in this Forum
EU Media Futures Forum topics
The debate on the futures of media industries in Europe will address questions such as:
1) What are the big trends in the media industry in Europe and globally?
2) What is the impact of these trends on business models, competition, pluralism and content creation in Europe?
3) What are the main opportunities and barriers in creating a digital media content market in Europe? What needs to be done to attain or overcome them?
4) How can the European media industries best benefit from the technological developments to enhance their competitiveness globally?
5) What are the conditions for sustainable business models that can deliver quality journalism?
For more information
Digital Agenda website: ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda
The Media Task force website:
The audiovisual and media policies website:
Neelie Kroes' website: http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/kroes/
Follow Neelie Kroes on Twitter: http://twitter.com/neeliekroeseu
Members attending first meeting
Chairman, Christian van Thillo, CEO of De Persgroep
Annet Aris, Adjunct Professor of Strategy, INSEAD
Nicolas Gaudemet, Vice-President Strategy, Customer Research & International Development, Orange Content & Digital Services
Emmanuel Gabla, Member of the Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel, France
Patrick Grueter, Vice-President, Disney
Jesper Hermansen, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Danish Ministry of Culture
Paul Hofheinz, President, The Lisbon Council
Lauri Kivinen, CEO, Yleisradio Oy (YLE)
Rhys Nölke, Vice-President Business Development, RTL Group
Prof. Caroline Pauwels, Director of the Center for Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication, Free University Brussels
James Powell, Executive Vice-President and CTO, Thomson Reuters
Dominik Skoczek, Director, Intellectual Property and Media Department, Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO, WPP Group
Rob de Spa, Director of Content and Editorial Development, Wegener Media
Prof. Ed Steinmueller, Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex
Xavier Vidal-Folch, Deputy Director, El Pais
Marc de Vries, CEO, Hyves
Piotr Walter, Vice-President and Deputy CEO, TVN S.A.
Dr. Andreas Wiele, Member of the Board and President BILD Group and Magazines, Axel Springer
Confirmed as Forum Members but not attending first meeting:
Matt Brittin, Vice-President Northern and Central Europe, Google
Oscar Bronner, Editor-in-chief, Der Standard
Julien Codorniou, Head of Platform Partnerships, Facebook
Ruud Hendriks, Independent consultant
Erkki Ormala, Vice-President Technology Policy, Nokia
Gavin Patterson, CEO, BT Retail
David Ripert, Vice-President Content, Dailymotion