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Council of Europe
Conseil de l'Europe

EEA and Norway Grants
Subventions de l'EEE et de la Norvège
Co-operation activities with Hungary in the Media Field



EEA and Norway Grants


Council of Europe


3 months (1 October 2013 – 31 December 2013)

Total project funds received
  48 952
№ of activities organised   3 activities

To strengthen the legal and institutional guarantees for the effective exercise of the right to freedom of expression and information in Hungary and to provide example and motivation for other member states in this respect.

Target groups

Government, Parliament, regulatory bodies, public-service broadcaster, NGOs, media professionals and journalists

Final beneficiaries

Media professionals, civil society

Original specific objectives  

 - To improve the alignment of the Hungarian media laws and their implementation with Council of Europe standards in the field of freedom of expression;

- To reach a better balance between media regulation and self-regulation in Hungary in line with CoE standards.

Main activities 1 International Conference, 2 roundtables, publications.

The National Media and Infocommunications Authority and the Media Council


Results achieved:

The media legislation in Hungary has been widely criticised by various stakeholders. The Council of Europe has taken the lead in establishing a constructive dialogue with the Hungarian authorities. The basis of this dialogue has been the comprehensive expertise of the media laws by Council of Europe appointed experts, leading to the negotiation of the co-operation Agreement and the organisation of three activities under that Agreement.

Two Roundtables onPublic service media” and on “‘Smart’ media regulation principles” as well as the final Conference on “Current and new challenges in European media regulation” were scoped and organised jointly by the Council of Europe and the Hungarian Media Council in December 2013.

All three events had an excellent and appropriate attendance and received a great feedback from the participants. The Roundtables were attended by senior staff and board members of the various public service media, the Media Authority, the Media Council and the Ministry of Justice. The Conference was attended by some 100 senior policy makers as well as by various representatives from media and civil society organisations. The feedback from each event was highly encouraging, both at the time and subsequently, with the Hungarian participants saying they found the events helpful.


This project benefitted from a detailed expert analysis on two key Media Acts - Act CIV of 9 November 2010 on the freedom of the press and the fundamental rules on media content and Act CLXXXV of 30 December 2010 on media services and on the mass media. The analysis also examined proposed amendments to the two laws submitted to Parliament in May 2012, which seeked to address the findings of the Hungarian Constitutional Court of 19 December 2011.

To read the Expertise by the Council of Europe Experts on Hungarian Media Legislation