Long-awaited by the audiovisual sector, the Spanish government has finally agreed to implement the State Council for Audiovisual Media (CEMA).

The body will act as an independent authority with regulatory power over the audiovisual activity on a state scale. The new agreement follows a commitment by the Spanish government to carry out the Royal Decree required to name the members of the body and also its regulatory frames of reference.

According to the government the CEMA "means a guarantee on independence and neutrality allowing free competition, transparency and pluralism in the audiovisual sector". It will also seek to ensure the integration of the Spanish audiovisual regulatory frame with that of other European countries