Government publishes decision for introduction of barcodes on print media

A joint ministerial decision introducing barcodes on newspapers and magazines was published in the government gazette on Tuesday, signed by the ministries of finance, economy and digital policy.

The decision lists the technical specifications for the implementation of the measure, and the procedure for the distribution, sale and return of all print media, as well as the framework for controlling and imposing fines to those who do not abide by the rule.

It also specifies the way in which newspaper and magazine circulation data are collected and publicized.

The implementation of the project has been included in the 2018 Public Investments Program and totals 15.6 million euros. In the next phase, the government will publish the relevant tender.