The European Commission has referred Ireland to the EU Court of Justice over its failure to implement a revised directive on audiovisual media services.

Ireland is facing financial sanctions for failing to transpose the audiovisual media services directive (AVMSD), which governs EU-wide coordination on all audiovisual media.

Reviewed in 2018, it sets out content standards for video-sharing platforms, traditional TV broadcasts and on-demand services with the aim of creating a "safer, fairer and more diverse audiovisual landscape".

"They reinforce the protection of viewers, with a particular regard to the safety of those most vulnerable, such as minors, extend rules regarding illegal and harmful content to video-sharing platforms, and foster cultural diversity," the Commission said.

The AVMSD also introduced additional independence requirements for national media regulators.

Member states had to transpose this directive and communicate measures to the Commission by the 19 September 2020.

Ireland was sent a letter of formal notice in November of 2020 for failing to adopt the measures, followed by further reasoned opinions in 2021.

Czechia, Romania, Slovakia and Spain have also been referred to the court over the same issue.

The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media said the enactment of the Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill, which would transpose the AVMSD into Irish Law, is a commitment of the Programme for Government.

The Government allocated €5.5m in Budget 2022 to support the establishment of a new media regulator, Coimisiún na Meán (the Media Commission), which is a key component to implementing the AVMSD here.

This involves the dissolution of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and its statutory committees on the day the Media Commission is established.

The Department said "intensive work is ongoing" in establishing the Commission.

Minister Catherine Martin intends to progress the media regulation bill through the legislative process and enact it "as soon as is practicable".

The bill was initiated in the Seanad on 25 January, where sessions continue to work through more than 230 proposed amendments.