UNIC policy update 24/01/2019


    EU Copyright Directive

    13/01: Working Paper: Working Party on Intellectual Property (Copyright) – Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU

    The working paper included compromise suggestion on Article 13 and proposal for a new Article on exclusion of software developers.

    11/01: Q & A on the draft digital copyright directive – European Parliament

    This Q and A provides answers to some of the issues regularly raised regarding the European Parliament’s position during the ongoing process to hammer out the digital copyright directive.

    EU Broadcasting Directive

    17/01: Analysis of the final compromise text with a view to agreement – Council of the EU & Council of the EU

    Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL laying down rules on the exercise of copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting and retransmission of television and radio programmes.

    European Audiovisual Observatory

    18/01: Independent producers’ coordinator takes over European Audiovisual Observatory’s Advisory Committee Chair – EAO

    The Advisory Committee of the European Audiovisual Observatory has a new Chair. Elena Lai, Secretary General of the European Coordination of Independent TV Producers (CEPI), has been elected to head up the Observatory’s Advisory Committee.

    16/01: Italy takes over the Presidency of the European Audiovisual Observatory for 2019 - EAO

    The Strasbourg-based Observatory, part of the Council of Europe, has been providing facts and figures on the film, television and video industries in Europe since 1992. Each January a different Observatory member country takes over the yearly rotating Presidency. In 2019 Italy took over the  the Presidency from France.

    EU Film Contest

    17/01: Launch of the 3rd edition of the EU Film Contest – Creative Europe MEDIA

    Love European Films? Test your knowledge and join the competition! There are 10 trips to the Cannes Film Festival in May 2019 to win, travel and hotel included. This will be your chance to get a glimpse into the European audiovisual sector and meet film professionals.

    Presidency of the Council of the EU

    18/01: MEPs voice concern over Romanian EU Council presidency – The Parliament Magazine

    Romania assumed the EU Council presidency on 1 January, the first time it has been at the helm of the EU since it joined the bloc in 2007.But its government has repeatedly faced criticism from MEPs and others about the rule of law, a crackdown on civil society and alleged civil rights abuses in the country.


    11 February: European Film Forum @ The Berlinale
    14 February: EUIPO conference - IP in Education
    20 February: European Parliament vote on Future of Creative Europe MEDIA Programme
    8-12 April: EUIPO Working Group meetings

    Recent Studies

    EAO - Brexit: The impact on the audiovisual sector - December 2018

    EAO - YouTube and Facebook together net over 50% of the online video advertising market - December 2018