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).


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


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