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 


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

Last modified on 07-08-2020