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EU Conditional Access expert group

December 10, 2008

The European Commission is to set a high-level expert group to advise it on the detail of the revised Conditional Access Directive, with members drawn from all twenty-seven member states.

The announcement was made by Jean Bergevin, head of electronic services in DG3 part of the Information and Society Directorate, speaking at the Aepoc board meeting in Brussels. The process of recruiting members to the group will begin in January next year and ultimately it will advise the Commission on the content of the revised CA Directive.

Davide Rossi, Director General of Aepoc, the industry group dedicated to counter-piracy in digital media, said they were delighted at this clear sign the issue of digital media piracy was now front and centre of media policy making. "Setting up the group is recognition that the protection of pay television revenues is vital to maintaining investment levels in creative content production," he said.

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