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This contribution provides an overview of the German R&D project C-PMSE, which aims to develop a research platform for the evaluation and validation of Cognitive Radio (CR) procedures facilitating an improved coexistence of Program Making and Special Event (PMSE) systems in heterogeneous wireless scenarios. The platform will enable realistic coexistence studies with current and upcoming wireless standards and services in the television (TV) bands. Further, objectives of C-PMSE are to develop adequate channel and interference models, to study and verify multi-sensor, multi-location concepts in signal detection, signal classification, reactive and proactive radio resource management, and a local spectrum portfolio management. The fundamental concept is based on the ETSI STF 386: Methods, parameters and test procedures for cognitive interference mitigation techniques for use by PMSE devices. The research is conducted in strong interaction with standardization and regulation. Hence, this contribution briefly discusses the PMSE related regulation activities, trends, and strategies in Europe.