Spain urged to implement EU digital and media laws

Spain is among 19 countries the EU is urging to implement EU digital and media laws as legal action is launched.

The European Commission is taking legal action against 19 Member States, including Spain, for failing to deliver the benefits of EU digital legislation in the area of audio-visual media and telecommunications.

“These Member States are required to transpose into their national laws two new sets of rules, without further delay: the Audio-Visual Media Services Directive and the European Electronic Communications Code, and inform the Commission about this transposition. Both Directives are crucial for the EU’s digital transition, after having been commonly agreed by Member States, and had to be transposed by end-2020,” the Commission said.

The deadline for transposing the European Electronic Communications Code into national legislation was December 21, 2020. The Commission sent letters of formal notice to 24 Member States on February 4, 2021. Only Bulgaria and Denmark notified the full transposition by the end of August, joining Greece, Hungary, and Finland who had already transposed before.

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Deirdre Tynan

Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.


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