UNIC policy update 7/02/2019


    EU Copyright Directive

    22/01: Statement by Vice-President Ansip on copyright reform - European Commission

    “This reform will bring much needed and direct advantages for teachers to improve their courses; for cultural heritage institutions to digitise their collections, for Europeans to conduct text & data mining, essential for our emerging AI capacities. All these points are largely agreed between negotiators. But not agreeing now would mean losing these fundamentally necessary copyright reforms”, stated VP Ansip.

    EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive

    /01: Obligations on on-demand audiovisual media services providers to financially contribute to the production of European works An analysis of European Member States' practices (Study) – VUB

    The revised directive aims to strengthen European culture by requiring providers of on-demand audiovisual media services to ensure at least 30% of European works in their on-demand catalogues and a good visibility for that content.

    Digital Single Market

    29/01: Council and Parliament agree on new rules for contracts for the sales of goods and digital content – European Council

    The Council and Parliament negotiators agreed on a package comprising a directive on contracts for the supply of digital content and services (Digital content directive - DCD), and a directive on contracts the sales of goods (Sales of goods directive - SGD). This provisional political agreement will now have to be confirmed by the two institutions.

    29/01: Cross-border e-commerce: Commission welcomes agreement on proposal to facilitate sales of goods and supply of digital content and services in the EU – European Commission

    Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, and Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality welcomed the agreement mentioning that: “today's agreement will boost consumers' confidence and therefore also business. Ultimately, an increased supply of both digital content and goods across Europe will bring more choice at competitive prices to consumers, and this is what the Digital Single Market is all about. We hope to see the same level of commitment from the European Parliament and the Council on two other EU priority files, namely the proposed modernised copyright rules to make them fit for the digital world and the proposed Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications”.

    Digital regulation & taxation

    29/01: International community makes important progress on the tax challenges of digitalisation - OECD

    Countries and jurisdictions participating in the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) will step up efforts toward reaching a global solution to the growing debate over how to best tax multinational enterprises in a rapidly digitalising economy.

    Recent Studies

    Göteborg Film Festival - 6th Nostradamus Report – “Relevance in a New Reality” - February 2019 

    Institute for Information Law (IViR) - Film Financing and the Digital Single Market: its Future, the Role of Territoriality and New Models of Financing - January 2019

    EAO - The legal framework for international co-productions - January 2019 

    Hadopi - The unlawful ecosystem of dematerialised cultural goods - January 2019


    8 February: COREPER – Copyright Directive 

    w/o 11 February: Possible Trilogue - Copyright Directive (TBC)

    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

    19-20 March: EP Creative Week

    25 March: EU SatCab Directive - European Parliament plenary sitting

    25-28 March: EU Single Use Plastics Directive - European Parliament plenary sitting

    8-12 April: EUIPO Working Group meetings