European Broadcasting Area

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Map showing the European Broadcasting Area in red

The European Broadcasting Area (EBA) is defined by the International Telecommunication Union as such:

The "European Broadcasting Area" is bounded on the west by the western boundary of Region 1, on the east by the meridian 40° East of Greenwich and on the south by the parallel 30° North so as to include the northern part of Saudi Arabia and that part of those countries bordering the Mediterranean within these limits. In addition, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and those parts of the territories of Iraq, Jordan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey and Ukraine lying outside the above limits are included in the European Broadcasting Area.[1]

The EBA includes territory outside Europe, and excludes some territory that is part of the European continent. For example, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia were defined as outside the EBA borders until 2007.[2] After EBA was expanded by the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07) to include those three countries,[1] the only sovereign undisputed territory belonging to the European continent while remaining outside the EBA borders, is 4% of Kazakhstan. While Kazakhstan is excluded from EBA, it is still eligible to apply for membership of the Council of Europe.[3]

The boundaries of the European Broadcasting Area have their origin in the regions served and linked by telegraphy cables in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The European Broadcasting Area plays a part in the definition of eligibility for active membership in the European Broadcasting Union and thus participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. As of right now, the European Broadcasting Union has 73 members from 56 countries, 35 associates from 21 countries, and 7 approved participants. [4]

List of countries within the EBA[edit]

# Country
1  Albania
2  Algeria
3  Andorra
4  Armenia
5  Austria
6  Azerbaijan
7  Belarus
8  Belgium
9  Bosnia & Herzegovina
10  Bulgaria
11  Croatia
12  Cyprus
13  Czech Republic
14  Denmark
15  Egypt
16  Estonia
17  Finland
18  France
19  Georgia
20  Germany
21  Greece
22  Hungary
23  Iceland
24  Iraq[a]
25  Ireland
26  Israel
27  Italy
28  Jordan
29  Latvia
30  Lebanon
31  Libya
32  Liechtenstein[a]
33  Lithuania
34  Luxembourg
35  Macedonia
36  Malta
37  Moldova
38  Monaco
39  Montenegro
40  Morocco
41  Netherlands
42  Norway
43  Poland
44  Portugal
45  Romania
46  Russia
47  San Marino
48  Saudi Arabia[a]
49  Serbia
50  Slovakia
51  Slovenia
52  Spain
53  Sweden
54   Switzerland
55  Syria[a]
56  Tunisia
57  Turkey
58  Ukraine
59  United Kingdom[b]
60   Vatican City

The following territories also rest inside the EBA borders, but can not join EBU due their status as non-sovereign states:


  1. ^ a b c d Among the 60 EBA countries, only 4 (Liechtenstein, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Syria) were not active EBU members, as of May 2014.[5]
  2. ^ The United Kingdom consists of the countries of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The UK is responsible for the foreign relations and ultimate good governance of the Crown dependencies of Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey, which are otherwise separate. The mainlands of England, Scotland and Wales make up the island of Great Britain (or simply Britain). The two territories: Gibraltar and Akrotiri & Dhekelia have status as British Overseas Territories, and thus also belong within the foreign affairs of United Kingdom.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b ITU-R Radio Regulations (2012-2015), International Telecommunication Union, available from the Spectrum Management Authority of Jamaica. Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia were added to the EBA at the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07).
  2. ^ "ITU-R Radio Regulations - Articles edition of 2004 (valid in 2004-2007)" (PDF). International Telecommunication Union. 2004. 
  3. ^ "Situation in Kazakhstan and its Relations with the Council of Europe". Document 11007: II General information, point 11. Parliamentary Assembly Council of Europe. 7 July 2006. 
  4. ^ (EBU), European Broadcasting Union. "EBU - Members". Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  5. ^ "72 active members in 56 countries". EBU. Retrieved 22 May 2014.