AEPOC has approved a special action plan designed to focus on anti-piracy initiatives in Central and East Europe. In a statement following its recent meeting at the Eutelsat headquarters in Paris, the organisation said that while their respective governments might not have given anti-piracy measures attention in the past, the growth of digital TV services meant that it should now be top priority.
The Budapest agenda, proposed in June by AEPOC president Jean Grenier, is aimed at building dialogue with relevant stakeholders including operators, local governments and local law enforcement as well as the public. Its major goal is to achieve an acceptable level of legal tools and law enforcement efforts in CEE comparable with the average level found in Western Europe.
All the Eastern European member countries of the European Union have already adopted the CA directive.
AEPOC gave a welcome to the recent Commission report on conditional access, and welcomed the fact it picked up on one of the organisations targets, the adoption of penalties for the possession of pirate systems by private individuals.