A task force will be set up within the European Commission to examine media issues, it was announced March 24.

BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- A task force will be set up within the European Commission to examine media issues, it was announced March 24.

The body will look at the impact of all proposals on the media industry and will cut across the various services of the Commission -- the European Union's executive authority -- from antitrust units to those handling media pluralism to rights of establishment.

The task force will aim to set up a point of contact for representatives of the sector, develop economic analysis on the impact on media industries of any proposals, and try to uphold editorial freedoms.

EU media commissioner Viviane Reding said co-coordinating media affairs should ensure the different services develop a stronger understanding of the wider impact of media legislation. "This task force will benefit the whole commission as well as the media industry whose competitiveness is key to the economic prosperity of the EU," she said in a statement.

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