European Commission Invites Applications to Media Ownership Monitor Call

The European Commission has launched a Call for Proposals for an organisation to carry out a Pilot Project for a Media Ownership Monitor.

The Media Ownership Monitor project will create a tool to better inform policy and regulatory interventions that support media freedom and pluralism in Europe, by clearly delineating where ownership lies, making potential issues more visible and thereby helping to improve the understanding of the media market. Concretely, the Monitor will provide a country-based database containing information on media ownership, assess systematically relevant legal frameworks and identify possible risks to media ownership transparency.

Applicants will have to detail the criteria for the selection of those European Union countries, and such list of countries will have to be agreed with the Commission.

The call is open to non-profit organisations (private or public), international organisations, universities, educational institutions and research centres working in the field of media freedom and pluralism.

The estimated total budget earmarked for the co-financing of the project is €1 million. The EU co-financing is limited to a maximum co-funding rate of 90% of the total eligible costs.

The Commission expects to fund one proposal.

Applications must be submitted by 9 February 2021 (23:00 CET).

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