No PACE monitoring of Italy ‘at this stage’ over media situation, but new laws must tackle potential conflicts of interest

Strasbourg, 05.10.2007 – The departure of Silvio Berlusconi from office has temporarily remedied the conflict of interest created by his position as both Prime Minister and owner of Mediaset, one half of the “duopoly” which dominates Italian television, but new laws are still needed to prevent such potential abuses of power in the future, according to the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Monitoring Committee.


In an opinion made public today, the committee said Italy should not “at this stage” face the Assembly’s monitoring procedure because of its media situation – as demanded by some parliamentarians – but that the Assembly should closely follow the progress of new laws outlawing conflicts of interest, promoting media pluralism and guaranteeing the independence of Italy’s public service broadcaster RAI.


Eleven of the Council of Europe’s 47 member states are currently subject to the Assembly’s full monitoring procedure.


The PACE’s Bureau will take a final decision on the committee’s recommendation on 22 November.


Monitoring Committee opinion