The Media Services Act, which includes new comprehensive legislation in the area of audiovisual media services, came into effect on August 1, 2022.
The most significant change brought about by the new legislation is the inclusion of video-sharing platforms in the regulatory framework for audiovisual media services. As a result, the new legislation regulates the rights and obligations of broadcasters, on-demand audiovisual media service providers, retransmission operators, multiplex providers, as well as the rights and obligations of video-sharing platform providers and content service providers that do not belong to the aforesaid entities. The Act also regulates the rights and obligations of signal distributors.
The area of information pluralism and transparency of property and personnel relationships has also undergone a significant change, with the aim to simplify this area for greater clarity. A novelty in the new legislation is the obligation of all media providers to register in the Register of Public Sector Partners, regardless of whether or not they trade with the state. Making information on ultimate beneficial owners of media available in a public register should bring greater transparency to media ownership.