The European Parliament and Council have adopted the European Commission’s 2005 proposal revising the "Television Without Frontiers" Directive to address significant technological and market developments in audiovisual services. This was after a shorter than expected legislative process of only 18 months. The original Directive dates from 1989 and was amended in 1997. The 2005 proposal has three objectives: to reduce the regulatory burden, to modernise rules on television advertising and to grant new rights to citizens, including disabled people. The new Directive will cover all audiovisual services and remain fully based on the country of origin principle.
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