About us

A unique information source on the audiovisual sector in Europe    

           Villa Schutzenberger

The European Audiovisual Observatory is part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. It is a public service organisation.

The Observatory was created in 1992 in order to collect and distribute information about the audiovisual industries in Europe. By making this information available, the Observatory aims at promoting greater transparency and a clearer understanding of the ways in which the audiovisual industries in Europe function, both from an economic and legal point of view.

The Observatory provides information on the various audiovisual markets in Europe and their financing. It also analyses and reports on the legal issues affecting the different sectors of the audiovisual industry.

The activities of the European Audiovisual Observatory are funded by direct contributions from its member states and the European Union, represented by the European Commission, and partly through revenues from the sale of its products and services.

Fields covered by our work

  • Film
  • Broadcasting
  • Home video
  • On-demand audiovisual services
  • Public policy on the audiovisual sector

Our information is available in the following forms

  • Print and electronic publications
  • Access free on-line databases
  • An electronic newsletter
  • Conference presentations

Our Team

The Observatory's team currently comprises 25 different Europeans coming from 7 different countries. This multi-cultural mix represents one of the Observatory's greatest strengths.


European Platform of Regulatory Authorities - EPRA

EPRA logoWe also house the secretariat of the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA) within our headquarters and as a result are able to benefit from a lively information exchange about the regulation of broadcasting in Europe.


Our Headquarters - The Villa Schutzenberger

The European Audiovisual Observatory's headquarters are situated in the beautiful art nouveau Villa Schutzenberger on Strasbourg's Allée de la Robertsau, the main axis leading to the Council of Europe.

Built in 1900 by the architects Berninger and Krafft, the Villa Schutzenberger is one of the finest examples of art nouveau architecture in Strasbourg. The details of its internal and external architecture have been closely associated to the identity of the Observatory ever since we took up working residence in this magnificent building in 1992. The Villa is made available to the Observatory by kind permission of the City of Strasbourg.

Further information on how to reach our headquarters on our contacts page.

Additional photos of the Villa Schutzenberger can be downloaded here.