COFACE Families Europe – May 2018 newsletter now published

  • Awareness
  • 05/06/2018
  • COFACE Families Europe

COFACE Families Europe has recently published the May 2018 edition of its newsletter.

In this edition, read about the progress of the Audio Visual Media Services Directive (AVMSD). On 26 April 2018, the European Commission, European Parliament and European Council reached a preliminary agreement on the main rules of the AVMSD, which has been under revision for several years. COFACE Families Europe has been following the developments around the AVMSD, responded to the consultation, and cooperated with various stakeholders to ensure that children's interests are properly addressed. As it stands, the preliminary political agreement has made progress on several fronts. One of the main ones is the extension of audiovisual rules to video-sharing platforms, which will have to put in place appropriate measures to protect minors online. Another positive development is the promotion of European works: on-demand catalogues will have to propose at least 30 per cent European content. However, some challenges remain and COFACE Families Europe have identified some shortcomings, especially around advertising promoting unhealthy food and beverages, advertising online remaining unlimited and nearly unregulated, and no attempt at devising future proof regulation, looking into new emerging multimedia services such as virtual or augmented reality.

In addition, following the full implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25 May 2018, COFACE Families Europe reflects on this important first step to ensure data privacy and protection of families online. The GDPR aims, above all, to give control back to European citizens over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU. Guided by its Digitalisation Principles, COFACE Families Europe will continue to monitor how the GDPR will be enforced, and provide guidance on how best to interpret the general provisions of the GDPR to achieve the highest protection and privacy for the personal data of all families, children and parents alike.

Read the full May 2018 edition of the COFACE newsletter for a whole host of other updates on issues affecting families in Europe.

* COFACE Families Europe has been involved for 59 years in building a strong social, family-friendly Europe. It brings forward the voice of millions of families, gathering 58 organisations from all over Europe. COFACE Families Europe advocates for strong social policies that take into consideration family needs and guarantee equal opportunities for all families. Find out more at

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