Each of the Observatory's members is represented within the Observatory's governing body, the Executive Council, with one vote per member. The Executive Council meets twice a year: once in the country holding the annually rotating Presidency of the Observatory and once in Strasbourg. The purpose of these meetings is to adopt the Observatory's annual action plans and Mid-term Strategy (which form the basis of all our work) and to approve the budget needed to finance the work involved. The Observatory's budget comes from contributions from our members and is also partly financed by the sales of our products and services. The full list of member organisations and their representatives can be found on the Members page.
41 member states plus the European Union
BA-Bosnia and Herzegovina
GR - Greece
The European Audiovisual Observatory's information is used by media professionals in Europe and indeed beyond. In order that the information we supply correspond to the information needs of these professionals, the Observatory is advised in its choices by a committee of media professionals: the Advisory Committee. This body is composed of representatives from the major European professional organisations representing most sectors of the audiovisual industry. Film makers, distributors, cinema owners, private and public broadcasters, ISPs and journalists, for example, are all represented within the Advisory Committee. This body comments on the Observatory's Action Plan and, most importantly, gives us grass roots feedback on the kind of information media professionals in Europe really need. We incorporate their feedback into our strategic choices on the information we produce. The full list of Advisory Committee members can be found on the Advisory Committee page.
The Observatory's budget is composed of contributions made from our 41 member states and the European Union. It is given a final green light by our Financial Committee. This body brings together the Permanent Representatives ("Ambassadors") from each of our member states to the Council of Europe. They meet once a year in autumn in order to green light the final budget for the following year.
Bureau of the Executive Council
The Observatory's Bureau is, in effect, its management board elected by and from within the Executive Council. It prepares the Executive Council meetings and monitors the Observatory's work. The Bureau is composed of the Chairperson of the Executive Council and of a maximum of eight members, among which are the former Chairperson, the future Chairperson, the European Union and a maximum of five elected members. The Council of Europe has Observer status within the Bureau.
Board of External Auditors
The accounts of the Observatory are subject to an external audit by the Board of External Auditors consisting of three members selected for their qualifications in the control of finance and appointed by the Executive Council for a three-year mandate.
The practical and logistical aspects of the Observatory's work are carried out by its Secretariat at our Strasbourg headquarters. The Secretariat brings together the Administration headed by the Executive Director and the two content-producing Departments: the Department for Market Information and the Department for Legal Information. Three support units make it possible to bring our content to our target groups: the Production, Marketing and Distribution Unit, the Information, Press and Public Relations Unit and the Information Technology Unit. Our secretariat currently brings together 25 Europeans from 7 different countries.
- 14 March 2019: Advisory Committee (Strasbourg)
- 7 May 2019: Bureau (Paris)
- 18 June 2019: Executive Council (Rome)
- October 2019: Bureau (Paris)
- 7 November 2019 (tentative date): Executive Council (Strasbourg)
- 22 November 2019 (tentative date): Financial Committee (Strasbourg)
Statutory texts concerning the creation and mission of the European Audiovisual Observatory:
2016 Czech Republic
2012 Bosnia & Herzegovina
2011 The Netherlands
2009 The European Union
2005 Slovak Republic
2002 "The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"
1995 United Kingdom
Legal Observations of the European Audiovisual Observatory
Online access to the tables & graphs of the Observatory's Yearbook
Database on the transposition of the AVMS Directive into national legislation
Database on legal information relevant to the audiovisual sector in Europe
Database on admissions to films released in Europe
Database on TV and on-demand audiovisual services and companies in Europe