[GR] New rules for the Greek Media Authority

IRIS 2021-4:1/21

Persa Lampropoulou


Part A of Law 4779/2021 reinforces the role of the Greek Media Authority (National Council for Radio and Television - NCRTV) as new powers have been given to it.

In particular, the NCRTV has, according to the law, the power and the overall responsibility:

- to map, license or register and supervise all media service providers established in Greece [Article 3 (6), 33 (1), 34];

- to represent the country, in procedures concerning issues of a) jurisdiction [Article 3 (7)] and b) violation of the provisions of the Directive by media service providers established in other member states targeting Greece, as well as to restrict the provision of such services, according to the provisions of the law [ Article 4 and 5];

- to provide information and receive complaints regarding any accessibility issues, according to Article 7 (4) of the Directive;

- to collect, yearly, the necessary data concerning the accessibility of audiovisual media services to persons with disabilities [Article 10 (1)];

- to collect, every June, the necessary data concerning the promotion of EU works by (linear and nonlinear) media services providers [ Article 17 (1), 20 (2), 21 (2)];

- to collect, yearly, the necessary data for the imposition of the financial contributions to on demand media service providers targeting Greece [Artcle 17 par. 2];

- to register and supervise VSPs established in Greece [Article 31 (5) and 32 (910)];

- to work along with the providers and other stakeholders for the drafting of national codes of conduct and to launch coregulatory schemes [Article 6]; and

- to initiate media literacy campaigns [Article 35].

The Authority also has the relevant enforcing powers [Article 33 (1)].


This article has been published in IRIS Legal Observations of the European Audiovisual Observatory.