European Magazine Media Association (Belgium)

The European Magazine Media Association, which had been named the European Magazine Media Association from 1993 through 2011, originated in 1988 as the Federation of Associations of Periodical Publishers in the European Economic Community. A nonprofit industry group based in Belgium, EMMA represents approximately 15,000 international and national media associations, national publishing associations and individual magazine publishers who collectively produce over 50,000 magazine titles across Europe. The organization's mission is to protect the interests of its members through active participation at governance entities such as the European Parliament and to promote economic growth for European magazine publishers. A special concern for EMMA has been maintaining the ideal of freedom of the press in the face of continual tensions between conflicting national laws, regulations and court decisions in a fractious European Union.

In addition to paying close attention to legal issues and to developing market opportunities, the organization sponsors research programs, encourages diversity of viewpoints and promotes self-governance models for national industry groups. Member publications encompass traditional print venues as well as digital-media expressions in all business, scientific and general-interest fields. EMMA advocates strong legal protections for the intellectual property of its members, which occasionally gives rise to controversies over the proper scope of copyright laws and regulations, and opposes taxation of publications as being detrimental to the cause of universal literacy.

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