Τετάρτη, 12 Ιουνίου 2013

Statement by the EC on ERT's closure!

Statement by the European Commission on the closure of

the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation


The European Commission has taken note of the decision by the Greek authorities to close

down the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), a decision taken in full autonomy.

The Commission has not sought the closure of ERT, but nor does the Commission question

the Greek Government’s mandate to manage the public sector. The decision of the Greek

authorities should be seen in the context of the major and necessary efforts that the

authorities are taking to modernise the Greek economy. Those include improving its

efficiency and effectiveness of the public sector.

The Commission understands the difficult situation of ERT staff and expects the announced

dismissals to be carried out in full accordance with the applicable legal framework.

The Commission supports the role of public broadcasting as an integral part of European

democracy. The Treaty makes it clear that the governance and strategic choices on public

service broadcasting lie with Member States. So while the Commission cannot prescribe

Member States how to organise their public service broadcaster, we would like to highlight

the role of public service broadcasters regarding European values in all economic

circumstances, for the sake of media pluralism, media freedom and media quality and for

the expression of cultural diversity. So we welcome the commitment of the Greek

government to launch a media actor that fulfils the important role of public broadcasting

and is financially sustainable.


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