FNE and UNIC Present EU Cinema Policy News

FNE has teamed up with the Brussels based team of the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) to bring you regular updates on EU cinema policies that impact all industry professionals across Europe.

Each two weeks the UNIC team of experts will update FNE readers with a selection of information on the most important developments in cinema policy in the areas of the Digital Single Market, copyright, new research on audience development, policy meetings and events and other vital information that the leaders of the European cinema need to keep abreast of to do their jobs.

These are issues that have an impact on all of us and will determine the future direction of our industry and indeed even its survival.

UNIC policy update 17/02/2021

COVID-19: EU response

12/02: Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Sassoli and Portuguese Prime Minister Costa on the Recovery and Resilience Facility – European Commission

11/02: EU recovery package: Council adopts Recovery and Resilience Facility – Council of the EU

The Council adopted a regulation establishing the Recovery and Resilience Facility, which lies at the heart of the EU’s recovery plan. It will make €672.5 billion in grants and loans available for public investment and reforms in the 27 member states to help them address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, to foster the green and digital transitions and to build resilient and inclusive societies.

11/02: Remarks by Commissioner Gentiloni at the press conference on the Winter 2021 Economic Forecast – European Commission

10/02: MEPs call on ECB to prepare for looming economic difficulties – European Parliament

MEPs urge the European Central Bank to consider different policy measures to those currently in place to stimulate the EU economy, which faces darkening prospects.

10/02: Questions and answers: The Recovery and Resilience Facility – European Commission

04/02: Covid-19 recovery: how the main EU instrument will work – European Parliament

The €672.5 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility is the key tool in the EU's Covid-19 recovery plan to support reforms in response to the crisis.

Copyright enforcement

11/02: Participants in the virtual conference on "The Intellectual Property Metamorphosis in the Age of Digital Transition" – 2021 Portugal EU

With four panels and numerous participants, the aim of the encounter was to debate the topics directly related to industrial property.

EU Digital Services Act (DSA) & Digital Markets Act (DMA)

10/02: Regulate social media platforms to defend democracy, MEPs say – European Parliament

In a debate with Secretary of State for European Affairs Ana Paula Zacarias from the Portuguese Presidency of the Council, and Commission Vice-President Věra Jourová, almost all speakers criticised the vast power of social media platforms and their worrying impact on politics and freedom of speech.

/02: Proposal for a Regulation on contestable and fair markets in the digital sector (Digital Markets Act) – EAO Newsletter

The European Commission published the eagerly-awaited Proposal for a Regulation on contestable and fair markets in the digital sector (Digital Markets Act) (DMA). The DMA builds upon the Platform-to-Business Regulation 2019 and its purpose is to target very large online platforms which act as gatekeepers between business users and end users, and which have a major impact and substantial control on the access to certain digital markets.

/02: Proposal for a Regulation on a Single Market For Digital Services (Digital Services Act, DSA) – EAO Newsletter

The European Commission published the much-anticipated Proposal for a Regulation on a Single Market For Digital Services (Digital Services Act, DSA). The proposed DSA introduces a harmonised set of new rules for digital services, including social media, online market places, and other online platforms that operate in the European Union.

Streaming Platforms

15/02: EU Filmmakers Call on Global Streamers to Commit to Fair Negotiating Conditions On Remuneration – FERA

As global streamers are on the rise in the European audiovisual online distribution and production markets, European filmmakers look forward to new opportunities for creative endeavors. The ongoing implementation of key European Directives touching to media regulation (AVMS Directive 2018/1808) and authors’ rights (Copyright Directive 2019/790) should ensure that these collaborations develop in fair and sustainable conditions for European audiovisual creation.

Bulgaria

/02: Local media law harmonised with the Audiovisual Media Services Directive - EAO Newsletter

On 22 December 2020, a new Act for amendment and supplement to Закон за радиото и телевизията (the Radio and Television Act - RTA) was promulgated in Държавен вестник (State Gazette) and entered into force on the same day. By way of this Act, Bulgaria has transposed Directive (EU) 2018/1808 (AVMSD/Directive) shortly after the infringement procedure opened by the Commission against Bulgaria and other countries.

Romania

01/02: EIB Group and Deutsche Leasing Romania strengthen support for business impacted by COVID-19 – European Commission

The first cooperation between the EIB Group and Deutsche Leasing Romania will help to strengthen investment by Romanian companies active in sectors affected by COVID-19.

Recent studies

The European Authors’ Society -  Launch of Rebuilding Europe – EYxGESAC study – February 2021

Events:

19 February: G7 leaders' videoconference

 24 – 25 February: CULT Meeting

 25 February: Video conference of the members of the European Council

 8 – 11 March: European Parliament Plenary

17-02-2021

UNIC policy update 03/02/2021

COVID -19: Cultural and Creative Sectors

22/01:  A welcome budgetary increase for Creative Europe/Media, an essential programme for the recovery and sustainability of the European film and Audiovisual sector in COVID-19 times - UNIC

Our eco-system has been rightfully recognised as one of the hardest hit by the pandemic and health & safety precautionary measures implemented by national governments. It is therefore crucial that the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe Programme has the means to support the film and audiovisual sector in getting back on its feet, for the sake of its authors, talents, companies, workers, audiences and European citizens alike.

27/01: COVID-19 crisis will have ‘massive and lasting’ impact on Europe’s culture sector, says report – The Parliament Magazine

The study on the state of the cultural and creative industries (CCIs) in Europe also says that the industry can be “one of the drivers to help boost and revamp” the EU economy.

28/01: UNIC calls for ongoing support for European cinemas to overcome the challenges of COVID - 19 - UNIC

The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), the body representing European cinema trade associations and operators, has released preliminary 2020 box office estimates for the territories covered by the organisation.

COVID-19: EU response

28/01: State aid: Commission prolongs and further expands Temporary Framework to support economy in context of coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

The European Commission has decided to prolong until 31 December 2021 the State aid Temporary Framework adopted on 19 March 2020 to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The Commission has also decided to expand the scope of the Temporary Framework by increasing the ceilings set out in it and by allowing the conversion of certain repayable instruments into direct grants until the end of next year.

27/01: European Commission successfully places first EU SURE bond in 2021 - European Commission 

The European Commission has issued a €14 billion social bond under the EU SURE instrument to help protect jobs and people in work. The issuing consisted of two bonds, with €10 billion due for repayment in June 2028 and €4 billion due for repayment in November 2050.

25/01: Recovery and Resilience Facility: Commission updates guidance for recovery and resilience plans - European Commission 

Following the political agreement on the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) reached in December, the Commission has presented updated guidance to Member States on the preparation and presentation of recovery and resilience plans.

19/01: MEPs adopt Technical Support Instrument to speed up post-COVID-19 recovery – European Parliament

The Technical Support Instrument will help EU countries prepare the recovery plans needed to access funding from the Recovery and Resilience Facility.

Portuguese Presidency

28/01: Presentation of Portuguese priorities in CULT Committee – European Parliament

On 26 January 2021 during its morning remote meeting session the CULT Committee Members welcomed the Presentation of the priorities of the upcoming Portuguese Presidency.

Poland

1/02: Polish Film Institute to Spend 26.5 m EUR on COVID-19 Aid for Cinema Industry – Film New Europe

The Polish Film Institute will start accepting applications for their next batch of aid for producers, distributors, and studio/small cinemas on 1 February 2021.

Events:

8 -11 February: European Parliament Plenary

11 February: High Level Conference on topic “The changing face of Intellectual Property in the Digital Transition era” – INPI

11 February: EAO Online conference on the Digital Services Act package

15 February: Eurogroup meeting

24 & 25 February: CULT Meeting

03-02-2021

UNIC policy update 20/01/2021

COVID-19: EU response

07/01: Coronavirus response and recovery: EU support for regions to work together in innovative pilot projects – European Commission

The Commission has announced the winners of a new EU-funded initiative for interregional partnerships in four areas: coronavirus-related innovative solutions, circular economy in health, sustainable and digital tourism, and hydrogen technologies in carbon–intensive regions.

Creative Europe

12/01: Erasmus+, Creative Europe, European Solidarity Corps: Commitee confirms trilogue deals – European Parliament

The Culture and Education committee on Monday confirmed the provisional agreements with Council on Erasmus+, Creative Europe and European Solidarity Corps programmes for 2021-2027.

15/01: Creative Europe: 30 years of support to European films and cultural and creative media works – European Commission

The MEDIA strand of the EU programme Creative Europe, designed to support European film and audiovisual industries, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021. To mark this, the European Commission is launching a campaign to celebrate the 30 years of support, as well as the launch of the new MEDIA programme of Creative Europe, running from 2021 to 2027.

Portuguese Presidency

18/01: Portuguese Presidency Priorities 2021 – The Parliament Magazine

Sharing their views on what to expect as Lisbon takes the EU’s helm are Portuguese MEPs Pedro Silva Pereira, Maria Da Graça Carvalho, Maria-Manuel Leitão Marques, Carlos Zorrinho, Sara Cerdas, Nuno Melo, Francisco Guerreiro and Sandra Pereira.

Council of the EU

05/01: Remarks by President Charles Michel at the press conference with Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa in Lisbon – Council of the EU

09/01: The Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU kicks off with visit by President of the European Council – 2021 Portugal EU

On 5 January, the Prime Minister, António Costa, welcomed to Lisbon the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, for the first official meeting of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. At the meeting, the two leaders discussed the priorities in the PPEU Programme and the calendar of dossiers to be handled by the Portuguese Presidency until June.

Events

18 – 21 January: European Parliament Plenary

21 January: EU Council meeting on coronavirus coordination efforts

25 & 26 January: European Parliament CULT Committee meeting

20-01-2021

UNIC policy update 18/12/2020

COVID-19: EU response

09/12: EU financing for 2021-2027: Political agreement on the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), the Next Generation EU (NGEU) recovery instrument and new own resources – European Parliament

The briefing provides a graphic presentation of the political agreement reached on 10 November 2020 between the Parliament and the Council Presidency, enabling the EU to finance the extraordinary needs in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. It highlights the improvements that the European Parliament achieved in particular.

11/12: European Council in Brussels: Agreement on the budget and climate protection – EU 2020 DE

At the last European Council meeting during Germany’s Presidency of the Council, the heads of state or government of the 27 EU member states have taken important decisions. Together, they set an ambitious new climate target and agreed on the multiannual financial framework and the recovery fund.

8/12: InvestEU Fund agreed: Boosting strategic, sustainable and innovative investments – European Parliament

EP and Council negotiators struck a deal on the new InvestEU programme, which supports investments and guarantees simplified access to financing.

04/12: EU Budget 2021 deal: supporting the recovery – European Parliament

MEPs have fought for and obtained better support for key EU programmes creating jobs, tackling the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and boosting climate action.

Geo-blocking

09/12: The Court of Justice annuls a Commission decision making binding the commitments offered by a company in order to preserve competition on the markets - CJEU

30/11: European Commission Geo-blocking review in line with latest studies supporting territoriality – UNIC website

Europe's film/AV sector welcomes the Commission's review of unjustified geo-blocking, in line with the latest studies supporting territoriality, and calls for an AV action plan that boosts European cooperation on financing and distribution, including through co-productions, to increase circulation of content.

Media and Audiovisual Action Plan

3/11: Digital Decade: Commission launches Action Plan to support recovery and transformation of the media and audiovisual sectors – European Commission

The Commission adopted an Action Plan to support the recovery and transformation of the media and audiovisual sector. These sectors, particularly hit by the coronavirus crisis, are essential for democracy, Europe's cultural diversity and digital autonomy. The Action Plan focuses on three areas of activity and 10 concrete actions, to help the media sector recover from the crisis by facilitating and broadening access to finance, transform by stimulating investments to embrace the twin digital and green transitions while ensuring the sector's future resilience and empower European citizens and companies.

COVID-19: Cultural and creative sectors (CCS)

01/12: Videoconference of EU culture and audiovisual ministers: “Creative Europe” to be strengthened – EU 2020 DE

Given the COVID-19 crisis, culture and the media are facing massive challenges. The plan to top up the Creative Europe assistance programme is an encouraging sign, declared Minister of State Monika Grütters. She chaired a meeting of EU ministers responsible for the cultural sector.

LUX Audience Award

13/12: LUX Award: three films shortlisted for the European Audience Film Award – European Parliament

During the virtual European Film Awards ceremony in Berlin, Another Round, Corpus Christi, and Collective were shortlisted for the LUX Audience Award.

Events

January 2021: Creative Europe MEDIA stakeholder dialogue (TBC)

11 January: European Parliament CULT Committee meeting

11 January: European Parliament IMCO Committee meeting

25 & 26 January: European Parliament CULT Committee meeting

18-12-2020

UNIC policy update 01/12/2020

COVID -19: EU Response

25/11: MEPs call on EU leaders to end MFF deadlock without giving in on rule of law – European Parliament

EP group leaders and the Commission advise Hungary and Poland to take the EU to Court on rule of law, instead of penalising EU citizens by blocking the budget.

25/11: Streamlining public procurement within the EU for more efficient public spending – Council of the EU

The Council adopted a set of conclusions centred on how efficient public procurement rules and practices, combined with increased public spending, can accelerate the economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and lead to a sustainable and more resilient EU economy.

Copyright enforcement

24/11: EUIPO IP Perception study 2020 – EUIPO Observatory

To what degree are intellectual property rights respected, and in what form? The EUIPO tracks this through a series of wide-ranging and in-depth surveys, published at regular intervals, which – taken together – provide a full picture of the evolution of citizen perception of intellectual property rights in the EU.

EU Geo-blocking Regulation

30/11: Commission publishes its short-term review of the Geo-blocking Regulation – European Commission

The European Commission published the conclusions of its first short-term review of the 2018 Geo-blocking Regulation, which prohibits unjustified geographical restrictions in the sale of goods and services within the EU. This review includes the Commission report and the accompanying Staff Working Document (SWD).

EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)

23/11: Audiovisual Media: Commission opens infringement procedures against 23 Member States for failing to transpose the Directive on audiovisual content – European Commission

The European Commission launched infringement procedures against 23 Member States and the United Kingdom for failing to enact the new rules governing EU-wide coordination of all audiovisual media, both traditional TV broadcasts and on-demand services, and video-sharing platforms. These new EU rules aim to create a regulatory framework fit for the digital age, leading to a safer, fairer and more diverse audiovisual landscape.

Action Plan on Intellectual Property

26/11: Creativity Works! welcomes the IP Action Plan – Creativity Works!

Creativity Works!, a leading European coalition of the creative and cultural sectors, welcomes the 25 November Action Plan on Intellectual Property as a way of “making the most of the EU’s innovative potential”.

25/11: Commission adopts Action Plan on Intellectual Property to strengthen EU's economic resilience and recovery – European Commission

The Commission published a new Action Plan on Intellectual Property to help companies, especially small and medium-sized companies (SMEs), to make the most of their inventions and creations and ensure they can benefit our economy and society.

Accessibility

10/11: Open for feedback: Accessible web & digital content for people with disabilities – review of EU rules – European Commission

The Web accessibility directive aims to make public-sector websites and mobile applications in the EU more accessible to the public, particularly people with disabilities.

Events

1 December: Council of the EU - Culture and AV Ministers meeting

1 December: European Parliament ITRE Committee meeting

1 December: European Parliament JURI/FEMM Committee meeting

2 December: European Parliament CULT Committee meeting

2 December: European Parliament IMCO Committee meeting

2 December: European Commission Media and Audiovisual Action Plan – TBC

3 December: European Parliament JURI Committee meeting

4 December: European Parliament Cultural Creators Friendship Group (CCFG) event

7 December: European Parliament JURI Committee meeting

9 December: European Commission proposal for the Digital Services Act package

10 December: European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) elections for the Advisory Board & workshop on inclusion and diversity

10-11 December: European Council Meeting

10 December: Know Your Business Customer: Protecting European consumers and businesses from online harms, webinar

14 December: Creative Europe trilogue

02-12-2020

UNIC policy update 18/11/2020

EU MFF budget 2021-27

12/11: EU budget 2021: supporting a sustainable recovery from the pandemic – European Parliament

Next year’s budget - the first of the 2021-2027 financing period - should “promote fair, inclusive and sustainable growth, high-quality job-creation and its long-term goal of socioeconomic convergence”, MEPs state in their draft resolution following the vote.

10/11: Compromise on long-term EU budget: EP obtains €16 billion more for key programmes – European Parliament

EP budget negotiators and the Council Presidency have reached a compromise outlining a political agreement on future EU financing.

11/11: Long-term EU budget deal: a “win-win” result to face the challenges ahead – European Parliament

MEPs hailed the Parliament’s unity in the budget negotiations, which resulted in a deal reached on Tuesday that will bring additional funding for future jobs, competitiveness, and better climate protection - benefiting citizens, young people, researchers and health workers in times of crisis.

COVID-19: EU response

09/11: COVID-19: first go-ahead given to the new Recovery and Resilience Facility – European Parliament

MEPs adopted the Recovery and Resilience Facility, an instrument designed to help EU countries tackling the effects and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

12/11: Political agreement on EU budget and Next Generation EU recovery fund: What happens now? – EU 2020 DE

On 10 November, the negotiators for the Council of the European Union, under the German Presidency, and the European Parliament reached agreement on a comprehensive recovery fund to fight the effects of the COVID‑19 pandemic as well as on the MFF 2021‑2027.

Copyright enforcement

10/11: Future EU intellectual property policy: Council adopts conclusions – Council of the EU

The Council adopted a set of conclusions on key elements of a future EU intellectual property policy. These conclusions should be seen as the Council's input to ongoing work within the Commission on an EU intellectual property action plan, expected to be presented shortly.

Competition

12/11: MEPs hail Commission’s decision to charge Amazon with breaching EU antitrust rules – The Parliament Magazine

This comes after EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager said the company had misused data of third-party merchants that rely on Amazon’s online marketplace to favour its own products.

Events:

19 November: European Parliament CULT Committee meeting

19 November: European Parliament IMCO Committee meeting

19 November: European Council videoconference

20 November: UNIC takes part in an EFADs roundtable

20 November: Trilogues – EU budget

23 November: European Film Forum “The New Playbook: Resilience, Foresight, Transformation”, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

1 December: European Parliament ITRE Committee meeting

2 December: European Commission legislative proposal for the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Media and Audiovisual Action Plan - TBC

10 December: European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) elections for the Advisory Board

18-11-2020

UNIC policy update 04/11/2020

International Union of Cinemas (UNIC)

27/10: 2020 UNIC Annual Report now available! – UNIC website

The report details key cinema trends across the 38 territories UNIC represents, alongside the usual update on cinema-going last year and policy developments at EU level, as well as some information on UNIC and the work we do here in Brussels.

COVID-19: Creative & cultural sectors (CCS)

3/11: European Cinema Body demands further public funding support for cinemas during COVID-19 – UNIC website

Following recent decisions requiring the closure of cinemas across a number of European countries in response to ‘spikes’ in COVID-19, European trade body the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) has today renewed its call to national governments, the European Commission and the European Parliament to provide further public funding support to the sector to ensure that cinemas are able to survive the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis.

30/10: Inclusion of culture in the Recovery & Resilience Facility - Letters from the cultural & creative sectors – UNIC website

10 organisations have written to the European Commission and National Governments to call for culture to be an integral part of their national recovery and resilience plans and for the cultural and creative sectors to receive at least 2% of the Recovery and Resilience Facility budget, as called for by the European Parliament in its recent Resolution on the “Cultural Recovery of Europe”.

COVID-19: EU response

30/10: Remarks by President Charles Michel after the video conference of the members of the European Council on 29 October 2020 – European Council

29/10: InvestEU Fund: boost for sustainable, innovative and social investment – European Parliament

InvestEU aims to be a fund that provides support to EU investors by integrating and simplifying the financing, offered under a single budgetary guarantee scheme.

29/10: Covid-19: 10 things the EU is doing for economic recovery – European Parliament

Find out what the EU is doing to help Europe get back on its feet following the devastating economic effects brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

29/10: Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Michel, following the EU Leaders' videoconference on COVID-19 – European Commission

28/10: 2021 EU budget must focus on supporting a sustainable recovery from the pandemic – European Parliament

The main focus of the 2021 budget should be to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and support the recovery, building on the Green Deal and digital transformation.

28/10: EU budget talks: Council rejects Parliament’s breakthrough proposal – European Parliament

EP negotiators made a breakthrough proposal on the critical issue of how to count the costs of common debt in the next long-term EU budget. Council has rejected it blindly.

Copyright enforcement

/10: Report and study on the memorandum of understanding on online advertising and intellectual property rights – EAO newsletter

/10: CJEU: Opinion on copyright infringements through framing – EAO newsletter

EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)

/10: (SI) Slovenia’s draft AVMS law introduces obligations to invest in European works – EAO newsletter

Events

3 November: Video conference of the Eurogroup

4 November: Video conference of economics and finance ministers

9 November: AV coalition meeting with German Presidency

20 November: EFADs roundtable

2 December: European Commission legislative proposal for the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Media and Audiovisual Action Plan - TBC

10 December: EAO elections for the Advisory Board

Recent studies

EAO - The number of European films making it from cinema to VOD is 2.6 times higher than the number of US films – November 2

05-11-2020

UNIC policy update 19/10/2020

COVID-19: Creative & cultural sectors (CCS)

06/10: InvestEU - 26 organisations call for support for the cultural and creative sectors (CCS) – UNIC website

26 organisations from across Europe's cultural and creative sectors, including UNIC, have written to European Commissioners Thierry Breton (Internal Market) and Paolo Gentiloni (Economy) to urge the EU to ensure that the CCS will benefit from an appropriate level of support via InvestEU.

COVID – 19 : EU response

12/10: Coronavirus Dashboard: EU Cohesion Policy response to the coronavirus crisis – European Commission

The Commission announces the first provisional results of the implementation of the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative (CRII) and Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative Plus (CRII+).

09/10: COVID-19: Council agrees its position on the Recovery and Resilience Facility – Council of the EU

With a financial envelope of €672.5 billion, the facility will support public investments and reforms and contribute to economic, social and territorial cohesion within the EU. It will help member states address the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic whilst ensuring that their economies undertake the green and digital transitions, becoming more sustainable and resilient.

13/10: State aid: Commission prolongs and expands Temporary Framework to further support companies facing significant turnover losses – European Commission

The European Commission has decided to prolong and extend the scope of the State aid Temporary Framework adopted on 19 March 2020 to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. All sections of the Temporary Framework are prolonged for six months until 30 June 2021, and the section to enable recapitalisation support is prolonged for three months until 30 September 2021.

07/10: European Commission to issue EU SURE bonds of up to €100 billion as social bonds – European Commission

The European Commission announced that it will issue its forthcoming EU SURE bonds of up to €100 billion as social bonds. To that end, the Commission has adopted an independently evaluated Social Bond Framework. This Framework is meant to provide investors in these bonds with confidence that the funds mobilised will serve a truly social objective.

EU Digital Services Act (DSA)

15/10: Parliament to outline its priorities for the future Digital Services Act – European Parliament

With the upcoming Digital Services Act (DSA), the European Union aims to shape the digital economy not only at EU level but also to be a standard-setter for the rest of the world, as it did with data protection. In two separate “legislative initiative” reports, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and the Legal Affairs committees call on the Commission to address and tackle current shortcomings in the online environment in its DSA package, due to be presented by the end of the year.

16/10: Why does the EU want to regulate the platform economy? – European Parliament

The platform economy brings benefits but also risks. Read about the issues the EU wants to solve with new rules and the solutions proposed by MEPs.

07/10: IMCO Report: Improving the functioning of the Single Market – European Parliament
Amendments available here.

05/10: JURI Report: Adapting commercial and civil law rules for commercial entities operating online – European Parliament

Amendments available here.

Events :

19-23 October: European Parliament Plenary, Brussels – vote on DSA reports in IMCO, LIBE and JURI 

19 October: 18th EFARN (European Film Agency Research Network) meeting

19 October: FAPAV/MIA webinar “After the lockdown, restarting legality together” 15.00

20 October – Negotiations/Trilogue on the future Creative Europe Programme 

20-22 October: EUIPO Observatory Working Group meetings

26-27 October: European Parliament CULT Committee meeting

26-27 October: European Parliament IMCO Committee meeting

28 October: European Internet Forum event on geo-blocking

2 December: European Commission legislative proposal for the Digital Services Act (DSA) – TBC

Recent studies :

EP JURI - The impact of algorithms for online content filtering or moderation : "Upload filters" - September 2020

EAO - The European audiovisual industry in the time of COVID-19 - September 2020

20-10-2020

UNIC policy update 29/09/2020

COVID-19 - Cultural and creative sectors

17/09: Next Generation EU support should go to hard-hit European culture, say MEPs – European Parliament

Parliament called for direct EU funding to support European culture and creators, who continue to be severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19 - EU response

25/09: COVID-19: Council approves €87.4 billion in financial support for member states under SURE – Council of the EU

The Council approved €87.4 billion of financial support to 16 member states in the form of EU loans under SURE – a temporary EU instrument to mitigate unemployment risks during the COVID-19 crisis.

24/09: Why is Parliament calling for new EU revenue-raising powers? – European Parliament

With negotiations underway on the EU’s 2021-2027 budget as well as the €750 billion Covid-19 recovery instrument, one of the main sticking points is the issue of own resources.

21/09: Read-out of the meeting between European Commission President von der Leyen, the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in her capacity as rotating Presidency of the Council, 21 September – European Commission

EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)

/09: Guidelines on video-sharing platforms and European works under revised AVMSD – EAO newsletter

On 2 July 2020, the European Commission published two important sets of guidelines pursuant to the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) which extends audiovisual rules to what are termed video-sharing platforms (see IRIS 2019-1/3).

Taxation

25/09: Statement by Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager on the Commission's decision to appeal the General Court's judgment on the Apple tax State aid case in Ireland – European Commission

Events

30 September & 1 October: EUIPO Observatory Plenary meeting
1 October: European Parliament JURI Committee meeting (including vote on Digital Services Act Report)
1 October: European Parliament ITRE Committee meeting
12 & 13 October: UNIC Cinema Days online
19 October: 18th EFARN (European Film Agency Research Network) meeting
20-22 October: EUIPO Observatory Working Group meetings
28 October: European Internet Forum event on geo-blocking
2 December: European Commission legislative proposal for the Digital Services Act (DSA) - TBC 

Recent Studies

EAO - The European audiovisual industry in the time of COVID-19 - September 2020

EAO - Copyright licensing rules in the European Union - August 2020

MUSO - Has the displaced cinema audience become the new piracy audience? – June 2020  

30-09-2020

UNIC policy update 06/08/2020

COVID-19 - EU response

29/07: Readout of the meeting between European Commission President von der Leyen, European Parliament President Sassoli and German Chancellor Merkel (rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union) – European Commission

27/07: Coronavirus: Commission launches call for innovative response and recovery partnerships between EU regions – European Commission

The aim of the call is to help regions catch the opportunities emerging from the crisis, develop resilience and build on green and digital transformation for the recovery of the most affected sectors, such as health and tourism.

23/07: EU long-term budget deal must be improved for Parliament to accept it – European Parliament

The recovery fund is a “historic move”, but long-term EU priorities such as the Green Deal and the Digital Agenda are put at risk, MEPs say.

21/07: European Council conclusions, 17-21 July 2020 – Council of the EU

On 21 July 2020, the European Council adopted conclusions on the recovery plan and multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027.

23/07: "This is historic. We renewed our marriage vows for 30 years. Europe is there, strong, standing tall" . Report by President Charles Michel at the European Parliament on the Special European Council of 17-21 July 2020 – Council of the EU

21/07: EU summit compromise: positive step for recovery, inadequate in the long-term – European Parliament

Commenting on the conclusions of the 17-21 July EU summit, EP negotiators welcome the recovery fund but warn that their agreement to the long-term EU budget cannot be taken for granted.

24/07: Four days, four nights: A look back on the special meeting of the European Council in July 2020 – EU 2020 DE

The first meeting in person of the Heads of State and Government of the EU since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic turned into a negotiating marathon. Instead of running two days as originally planned, the special meeting of the European Council lasted four days and nights, from 17 to 21 July.

22/07: REACT-EU: Council agrees on its partial negotiating position – Council of the EU

The EU is providing additional funding and flexibility in the use of the structural funds to help member states' recovery efforts following the COVID-19 outbreak.

Conference on the future of Europe 

28/07: Senior MEP urges Member States to ensure that delayed Conference on Future of Europe starts in September – The Parliament Magazine

Mairead McGuinness, a Vice-President of Parliament, wants the Council to draw up its position on the planned conference “as soon as possible.”

EU State aid decisions

27/07: State aid: Commission approves € 866 million Czech scheme to support businesses affected by coronavirus outbreak – European Commission 

23/07: State aid: Commission approves €2.6 billion Polish scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak – European Commission 

Recent studies 

EAO - Copyright licensing rules in the European Union - August 2020MUSO - Has the displaced cinema audience become the new piracy audience? – June 2020 

Events

31 August: European Parliament CULT Committee meeting

1 September: European Parliament ITRE Committee meeting

2 September: European Parliament IMCO Committee meeting

2 September: European Parliament JURI Committee meeting

8 September: Digital Services Act consultation deadline

10 September: Copyright Article 17 consultation deadline

14 September: European Parliament Plenary session, Strasbourg

17 September: European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) advisory board video-conference

06-08-2020

UNIC policy update 20/07/2020

EU Summit – Recovery plan & Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-27

15/07: "A deal is essential. Now is the time" - Invitation letter by President Charles Michel to the members of the European Council ahead of their meeting on 17-18 July 2020 – Council of the EU

20/07: Special European Council: “There is much goodwill.” – EU2020DE

The Special European Council has once again been extended, with EU heads of state and government continuing their talks in Brussels on Monday. The focus remains on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the recovery fund to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 - Creative & cultural sectors

17/07: Open letter: A call to invest in all our creative futures - UNIC website

On 14 July, an open letter from by 45 European celebrated cultural figures was published ahead of the crucial EU leaders' meeting on the EU budget and recovery plan taking place from 18-18 July.

EU Summer 2020 Economic Forecast

07/07: Summer 2020 Economic Forecast: An even deeper recession with wider divergences – European Commission

The EU economy will experience a deep recession this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, despite the swift and comprehensive policy response at both EU and national levels. Because the lifting of lockdown measures is proceeding at a more gradual pace than assumed in our Spring Forecast, the impact on economic activity in 2020 will be more significant than anticipated.

Taxation

15/07: Fair and Simple Taxation: Commission proposes new package of measures to contribute to Europe's recovery and growth – European Commission

The European Commission has adopted an ambitious new Tax Package to ensure that EU tax policy supports Europe's economic recovery and long-term growth. The Package is built on the twin pillars of fairness and simplicity. Fair taxation remains a top priority for the European Commission, as a means of protecting public revenues, which will play an important role for the EU's economic recovery in the short-run and prosperity in the long-run.

15/07: The General Court of the European Union annuls the decision taken by the Commission regarding the Irish tax rulings in favour of Apple - CJEU

EU Platform to Business Regulation

10/07: New EU rules and guidance for a fairer online economy – European Commission

The Commission publishes a set of resources to help traders, online platforms and search engines get the most out of the new Platform to Business rules, which apply from this Sunday, 12 July. In addition, three progress reports prepared by the expert group for the Observatory on the Online Platform Economy are published for feedback. The reports will inform the broader work of the Commission on online platforms and in particular on the upcoming Digital Services Act package.

EU State Aid decisionsEU State Aid decisions

08/07: State aid: Commission approves German fund to enable up to €500 billion of liquidity and capital support to enterprises affected by the coronavirus outbreak – European Commission
08/07: State aid: Commission approves €6.2 billion Italian grants scheme to support small businesses and self-employed affected by coronavirus outbreak – European Commission
06/07: State aid: Commission approves Latvian fund to enable €100 million of liquidity and capital support to large enterprises affected by the coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

Events

17-20 July: EU Council Summit (EXTENDED)8 September: Digital Services Act consultation deadline

20-07-2020

UNIC policy update 07/07/2020

COVID-19 - Cultural & creative sectors

22/06: Long-term EU budget: MEPs slam cuts to culture and education – European Parliament

The Culture and Education Committee criticised the cuts to education and cultural programmes made by the Commission in its new proposal for the 2021-2027 budget.

03/07: European Cultural Creators Friendship Group Manifesto – Cultural Creators Friendship Group (CCFG)

The group of 15 deputies, formed in February after the failure of the culture intergroup, published its manifesto on July 1. Adopted on June 3, it includes the promise of legislative proposals to better protect creators.

01/07: Open Letter to the EU Commission and the Member States, demanding support for the Cultural and Creative Sectors, particularly cultural creators, affected by the COVID-19 crisis - Cultural Creators Friendship Group (CCFG)

COVID-19 - EU response

02/07: Statement by President von der Leyen on reaching a swift and ambitious agreement on the European recovery package – European Commission

‘Reaching a swift and ambitious agreement on the European recovery package is the EU's highest priority for the coming weeks’, says in the statement.

30/06: Financing the recovery must not burden the next generation – European Parliament

Ahead of the start of the German Council Presidency and of the 17 July European Council, Budgets Committee Chair Van Overtveldt set out Parliament’s position on the long-term EU budget.

02/07: Investment Plan for Europe exceeds €500 billion investment target ahead of time – European Commission

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group have delivered on their pledge to mobilise €500 billion in investment under the Investment Plan for Europe. Some 1,400 operations have been approved under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), using a budget guarantee from the European Union and own resources from the EIB Group. They are expected to trigger close to €514 billion in additional investment across EU countries and to benefit some 1.4 million small and mid-sized companies.

01/07: Commission launches Youth Employment Support: a bridge to jobs for the next generation – European Commission

The Youth Employment Support package is built around four strands that together provide a bridge to jobs for the next generation: a reinforced youth guarantee, vocational education and training, a renewed impetus for apprenticeship, additional measures to support oyuth employment.

02/07: State aid: Commission prolongs EU State aid rules and adopts targeted adjustments to mitigate impact of coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

The European Commission has prolonged the validity of certain State aid rules which would otherwise expire at the end of 2020. In this context, and to take the effects of the current crisis into due consideration, the Commission, after consulting Member States, has decided to make certain targeted adjustments to the existing rules with a view to mitigate the economic and financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak on companies.

29/06: State aid: Commission expands Temporary Framework to further support micro, small and start-up companies and incentivise private investments – European Commission

The amendment extends the Temporary Framework to enable Member States to provide public support under the Temporary Framework to all micro and small companies, even if they were already in financial difficulty on 31 December 2019.

EU Digital Services Act (DSA)

30/06: Digital Services Act – deepening the internal market and clarifying responsibilities for digital services: Feedback from Google – European Commission

Google welcomes the opportunity to submit feedback to the Commission’s Inception Impact Assessment.

EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)

03/07: Commission takes further steps to promote European audiovisual works and protect vulnerable viewers – European Commission

The Commission adopted guidelines to help Member States implement the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive. The guidelines will offer a practical tool to ensure the promotion of European works in media content, thereby supporting cultural diversity and greater choice for European consumers. They will also help better protect users of video-on-demand and video-sharing platforms, particularly minors, against hate speech and harmful content.

Events:

7 July: Press conference by Commissioner Paolo GENTILONI on the Summer Forecast

8-10 July: European Parliament Plenary sitting, Brussels

8 July: CW! Meeting with Vice-President Vestager’s Cabinet

9 July: TBC new EU Council budgetary proposal

9 July: EUROGROUP video conference

10 July: Video conference of economic and financial affairs ministers

15 July: Postponed CJEU opinion on the YouTube copyright case

15/07: Audiovisual working group (Council)

15/07: AV coalition meeting with Commissioner Breton's cabinet

17-18 July: EU Council Summit

8 September: Digital Services Act consultation deadline

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