The PEGI Committees


The PEGI Management Board is the core of the PEGI organisation. The Managing Director is responsible for running the day-to-day activities of PEGI, following guidance from the Management Board. The Board is made up of representatives of the users of PEGI (games publishers and developers), the gatekeepers of PEGI (the game console manufacturers) and the promoters of PEGI (national trade associations) plus representatives from the PEGI Council and the PEGI Experts Group. This board structure ensures there is proper oversight while maintaining PEGI’s self-regulatory strength.


With PEGI in use in more than 35 countries it is vital that the system keeps in tune with social, political and legal developments in the entire region. The Council is responsible for making recommendations so that national as well as European developments are communicated and reflected in the PEGI system and its Code of Conduct. The Council gives the countries that use PEGI a voice. Of equal importance is that the authorities in the PEGI countries stay abreast of and are involved in PEGI. The Council ensures this two-way flow of information: members of the Council are primarily recruited from the authorities in the PEGI countries, working as civil servants, media specialists, psychologists, and legal advisers versed in the protection of minors in Europe.

Members of the PEGI Council in 2021:

Naam Organisation Country
Antonio Xavier (chair) Classification Expert Portugal
Beate Våje Norwegian Media Authority  Norway
Axenia Boneva Bulgarian Ministry of Culture Bulgaria
Ger Connolly Irish Film Censor's Office Ireland
Ian Rice VSC Rating Board United Kingdom
Paul Lorenz Autorité Luxemburgeoise Indépendante de l’Audiovisuel Luxemburg
Daniela Esposito EU Commission, DG CNECT EU
Yvonne Haldimann Bundesamt für Sozialversicherungen - Jugendschutz Switzerland
Johan Karlsson Swedish Media Council Sweden
Anna Holm Pingel Danish Media Council Denmark
Tommi Tossavainen Finnish National Audiovisual Institute (KAVI) Finland
Herbert Rosenstingl Youth Policy Unit, Austrian Federal Chancellery Austria
Carole Bienaimé-Besse Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel France
Raphaël Huybrechts Flemish Department For Culture, Youth and Media Belgium


With the Council’s focus on country representation, PEGI also maintains a network of technical experts that have been an important source of advice for PEGI over the years. The PEGI Experts Group involves specialists and academics in the fields of media, psychology, classification, legal matters, technology, the online world, etc. They advise PEGI by considering technological and content-related development as recommended by the PEGI Council, the PEGI Management Board or through circumstances brought to light by the complaints procedure.

Members of the PEGI Experts Group in 2021:

Name Organisation Country
Emma Ham-Riche Mothers' Union UK
Jeroen Jansz Erasmus University Rotterdam Netherlands
Aphra Kerr Maynooth University  Ireland
Chris Madgwick Rockstar Games UK
Spyros Pappas Pappas & Associates Greece
Richard Sheridan Nintendo UK
Anne Mette Thorhauge University of Copenhagen Denmark


The Complaints Board comprises a pool of independent experts in the protection of minors from different European countries. Should a complaint be received from a consumer or publisher regarding a rating given to a game and no satisfactory settlement can be reached by the PEGI administrator through discussion, explanation or negotiation the complainant may formally request the Complaints Board to mediate. Three board members will then convene, hear the complaint and decide on a ruling. Publishers using the PEGI system are bound by the decision of the Complaints Board. Consequently, they are obliged to carry out any corrective actions required and, in cases of non-compliance, are subject to sanctions as laid out by the code.

Members of the PEGI Complaints Board in 2021:

Name Organisation Country
Jeroen Jansz (chair) Erasmus University Rotterdam The Netherlands
Ger Connolly Irish Film Classification Office Ireland
Olivier Gerard Union Nationale des Associations Familiales (UNAF) France
Lars Gjerlufsen Den Rytmiske Højskole Denmark
Hanna Happo Finnish National Audiovisual Institute (KAVI) Finland
Spyros Pappas Pappas & Associates Greece
Antonio Xavier Age classification expert Portugal


Since PEGI is a voluntary system it runs in conjunction with, and is subordinate to, existing national laws, whether they prohibit certain content or establish mandatory rating systems. The Legal Committee’s role is to advise PEGI of any changes to national legislation within participating countries that could have an impact on the voluntary age rating system.


The Enforcement Committee is charged with the enforcement of the provisions of the PEGI Code of Conduct, including any conclusions of the Complaints Board. The Enforcement Committee is made up of ten members, five of which are publishers, and five of which are chosen from the PEGI Council.