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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.

European Parliament

17/09: Parliamentary leadership for the Digital Age – Parliament Magazine

MEPs will have to become more digitally literate than ever before if the EU is to maintain its digital leadership, writes Pilar del Castillo.

Digital Services Act

18/09: A Digital Roadmap for the next five years – Parliament Magazine

Europe’s policymakers should focus on encouraging tech firms and start-ups to be based here rather than seek confrontation, writes former ECR MEP Daniel Dalton

EU Terrorist Content Regulation

25/09: MEPs want internet firms to remove content promoting terrorism within an hour – European Parliament

On 24 September, Parliament's civil liberties committee backed the position agreed by the Parliament before May's European elections on new EU rules to tackle the dissemination of online content promoting terrorism and approved the mandate to begin discussions with EU ministers.

European Commission

10/09: How Parliament votes the European Commission into office (infographic) – European Parliament

MEPs will assess whether commissioner candidates can deliver on the challenges facing the EU in a series of public hearings.

27/09: Answers from Commissioners-designate to Parliament’s written questions – European Parliament

The Commissioners-designates’ answers to the written questions, posed by the Parliament’s committees, were received by Parliament.

27/09: Monday's commissioner hearings: Šefčovič, Hogan, Gabriel - European Parliament

Maroš Šefčovič (Slovakia), Phil Hogan (Ireland) and Mariya Gabriel (Bulgaria) are the first candidate commissioners who appeared in hearings at the Parliament on Monday 30 September.

Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU

26/09: High-level conference on gender equality: Finland wants to integrate gender equality more closely with The EU’s economic policy – eu2019.fi

Finland organised a high-level gender equality conference in Helsinki from 30 September to 1 October 2019 in the context of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The aim of the conference was to increase the dialogue between gender equality policy and economic policy and to strengthen gender equality in the EU’s decision-making.

Sustainability

20/09: Circular Plastics Alliance: 100+ signatories commit to use 10 million tons of recycled plastic in new products by 2025 - European Commission  

The declaration lays out how the alliance will reach the target of 10 million tons of recycled plastic used to make new products every year in Europe, by 2025. This target was set by the European Commission in its 2018 Plastics Strategy, as part of its efforts to boost plastics recycling in Europe.

Federation of European Film and TV Directors (FERA)

Members of the Federation of European Film and TV Directors (FERA) from 27 countries gathered in Bucharest, Romania on September 20 to 22nd for its annual General Assembly.

Events

8 October: Commissioner-designate Margrethe Vestager hearing (ITRE/IMCO/ECON), Brussels
30 September: Trilogue, Creative Europe Programme
30 September: Extraordinary JURI Committee meeting, Brussels
1 October: CULT Committee meeting, Brussels
8 October: IMCO Committee meeting, Brussels
15 October: First copyright stakeholder meeting
16 October: CICI lunch w/ Sabine Verheyen & EPP MEPs, Brussels
17 October: ITRE Committee meeting, Brussels
1 November: European Commission comes into office
4 November: UNIC/Europa Distribution/FERA/FIAD Screening, Brussels
5-6 November: Voices of Culture Structured Dialogue on Gender Balance in the Cultural & Creative Sectors Dialogue Meeting with the European Commission, Brussels

European Commission

10/09: The von der Leyen Commission: for a Union that strives for more – European Commission

President-elect Ursula von der Leyen presented her team and the new structure of the next European Commission.The new Commission will reflect the priorities and ambitions set out in the Political Guidelines.

Copyright enforcement

/09: IPR Enforcement Case-Law Collection - The liability and obligations of intermediary service providers in the European Union - EUIPO

This case-law collection provides an overview of the latest developments in this fast evolving area and of the main conclusions of selected cases including decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union and of national courts issued between 2016 and the beginning of 2019.

Competition

5/09: EU competition rules on horizontal agreements between companies – evaluation - European Commission

Feedback period open between 05 September 2019 - 03 October 2019 .

Events

24 September: CULT Committee meeting, European Parliament, Brussels

25 September: IMCO Committee meeting, European Parliament, Brussels

25-26 September: JURI Committee meetings, European Parliament, Brussels

25-26 September : EUIPO Observatory Plenary Meeting, Alicante

25-56 September: JURI Committee meetings, European Parliament

30 September – 8 October: Hearings of candidate Commissioners

30 September: Trilogue, Creative Europe Programme

15 October: First copyright stakeholder meeting

1 November: European Commission comes into office

4 November: UNIC/Europa Distribution/FERA/FIAD Screening, Brussels

5-6 November: Voices of Culture Structured Dialogue on Gender Balance in the Cultural & Creative Sectors Dialogue Meeting with the European Commission, Brussels

Recent Studies

European Parliament - Research for CULT Committee - Culture and creative sectors in the
European Union – Key future developments, challenges and opportunities
 - September 2019

Chapman University, Carnegie Mellon University - The Effect of Piracy Website Blocking on Consumer Behavior - August 2019

EAO - The circulation of European films outside Europe - Key figures 2017 - August 2019

EAO - European films and TV content get 27% of TVOD prominence - July 2019

EAO - The theatrical – TVOD window: A sample analysis - June 2019

Call for application

04/07: Call for proposals: Preparatory Action "Cinemas as Innovation Hubs for Local Communities" – European Commission

The Commission is launching a 2M € call for proposals to create innovative cultural hubs around cinema theatres, notably in areas where there is limited cinema and cultural infrastructure.

EU Geo-Blocking Regulation

27/06: Digital Single Market: Survey shows Europeans are well aware of rules against unjustified geo-blocking – European Commission

Seven months after new rules against unjustified geo-blocking began to apply, general consumer awareness of the new rules against restrictions for online shopping and cross-border sales is already high.

EU Top Jobs

03/07: EU Top jobs: Class of 2019 biographies – The Parliament Magazine

The European Council discussed and agreed on nominations for the EU's top jobs at the Special European Council on 30 June, 1 and 2 July 2019 in Brussels. The European Council elected Charles Michel as the new President of the European Council and proposed Ursula von der Leyen as candidate for the President of the European Commission.

European Parliament

03/07: The new European Parliament Vice-Presidents – European Parliament

All 14 European Parliament Vice-Presidents were elected in three rounds of voting for a two-and-a-half-year term. Eleven Vice-Presidents were elected in the first ballot, two in the second and the remaining one by a relative majority in the third.

04/07: Full members of the Culture and Education Committee announced – European Parliament

MEPs approved the size of all Parliament’s committees and subcommittees. The Committee on Culture and Education will consist of 31 MEPs.

04/07: EP Quaestors elected, Parliament Bureau complete – European Parliament

The five new Quaestors for the first two and a half years of the 9th legislative term were elected by acclamation in Strasbourg.

02/07: Parliament starts new term with seven political groups – European Parliament

Ever since the results of the European elections have been in, newly-elected MEPs have been organising themselves into political groups, which bring together representatives from different EU countries based on their political affinities. MEPs have formed seven political group.

Creative Europe Media

/07: Creative Europe MEDIA publishes an overview of good gender practices – EAO Newsletter

During the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, the European Commission, represented by Creative Europe MEDIA, launched the first edition of “Women on the Move” day, unveiling a brochure summarising gender-equality good practices followed by the EU’s audiovisual industry and policymakers.

Events

10 July: CULT, JURI, ITRE, IMCO Committees’ constitutive meetings, Brussels
15-18 July: Second European Parliament Plenary, Strasbourg
16 July: European Parliament vote on Commission Presidency, Strasbourg
10-11 September: Finnish Presidency conference - Creation, innovation and promotion – competitiveness of European audiovisual industry, Helsinki
25-26 September: EUIPO Observatory PLenary Meeting, Alicante
September/October: Hearings of candidate Commissioners
October/November: Election of new European Commission
1 November: European Commission comes into office

Single Market

27/05: Council calls for an ambitious approach for a competitive single market - Council of the EU

The Council adopted conclusions on "A new level of ambition for a competitive single market". These conclusions are the Council's response to recent calls from the European Council for an integrated, forward-looking approach to the single market, which should connect all relevant policies and remove remaining unjustified barriers and avoiding creating new ones, in particular on freedom to provide services and on digitalisation.

2020 EU Budget

05/06: EU budget 2020: Commission focuses its proposal on jobs, growth and security – European Commission

The Commission has today proposed an EU budget of €168.3 billion for 2020 for a more competitive European economy, and for solidarity and security in the EU and beyond.

05/06: Draft EU Budget 2020 – Questions and Answers – European Commission

The goal of the proposed 2020 EU budget is to contribute to a more competitive European economy, and to ensure solidarity and security in the EU and beyond. It is designed to optimise funding for existing programmes as well as new initiatives and to boost the European added value in line with the Juncker Commission's priorities. See other questions and answers at the above link.

European Commission

06/06: Manfred Weber hits back at criticism of his suitability to be next European Commission president – The Parliament Magazine

Weber’s comments come against a backdrop of growing calls from senior political figures for an alternative candidate for the EU’s top job.

Council of the EU

07/06: Post-2020 digital policy − Council adopts conclusions – Council of the EU

Today the Council adopted conclusions on the future of a highly digitised Europe beyond 2020: 'Boosting digital and economic competitiveness across the Union and digital cohesion'.

EU Elections 2019

31/05 : A new European order - Setting the political agenda for the next 5 years – Europe Analytica

The run-up to the 2019 European elections has been long and filled with projections, campaigning, debates and rallies - some more successful than others. After European citizens cast their votes between 23 and 26 May, it is now the time to take stock of the results and analyse their impact on the Parliament and the European Union as a whole.

Events

17-20 June: CineEurope 2019, Barcelona
17 June: European film Forum @ CineEurope (Barcelona)
17 June: EAO conference - "Cinema windows across Europe," Rome
19-20 June: Conference on New Challenges regarding Copyright in the Digital Single Market, Bucharest
20-21 June: European Council Summit
21 June: Provisional deadline for Commission Presidency 
24 June: Composition of European Parliament political groups
1 July: Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU
2-4 July: First European Parliament Plenary, Strasbourg
15-18 July: Second European Parliament Plenary, Strasbourg
10-11 September: Finnish Presidency conference - Creation, innovation and promotion – competitiveness of European audiovisual industry, Helsinki 
September/October: Hearings of candidate Commissioners 
October/November: Election of new European Commission
1 November: European Commission comes into office

EU Copyright Directive

20/05: How to Implement Article 17 DSMD? Have Your Say! - Kluwer Copyright Blog

A pilot debate organised on June 13 to discuss Article 17 (ex-13) of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive (DSMD) and its implementation.

20/05: Open Letter: Copyright Working Group Must Include NGO Voices - Civil Liberties Union for Europe

The open letter signed by Liberties and more than 40 other human and digital rights organizations calls for their inclusion in the implementation process of the EU Copyright Directive.

EU Online Broadcasting Directive

17/05: Creativity Works! reiterates the importance of territorial exclusivity for the creation, financing, production and distribution of creative content - Creativity Works!

Following the final adoption of the Online Broadcasting Directive, Creativity Works! issued a statement to reiterate and stress the importance of the territoriality of copyright and exclusive licensing to the creative sectors in Europe and to protect these principles going forward.

Audiovisual Policy - Council conclusions

22/05: Draft Council conclusions on improving the cross-border circulation of European audiovisual works, with an emphasis on co-productions - Council of the European Union

The Audiovisual Working Party has prepared the draft conclusions with a view to their adoption at the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council.

EU Single-use Plastics Directive

21/05: Council adopts ban on single-use plastics - Council of the European Union

The EU is cracking down on plastic pollution. The Council adopted a directive which introduces new restrictions on certain single-use plastic products. The formal adoption of the new rules by the Council is the final step in the procedure.

EU Elections

27/05: Voter turnout in EU elections up 10 per cent on previous vote - The Parliament Magazine

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has sounded a note of caution over the larger-than-expected turnout in the European elections.

27/05: 2019 European election results - European Parliament

The election results including seats per political group and country are presented.

Culture

20/05: Joint Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Tibor Navracsics on the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development - European Commission

Events

7 June: European Film Forum @ Transilvania International Film Festival (Cluj-Napoca)
12-13 June: International Forum on IP Enforcement, Paris 
13 June: IPKat/BLACA – 'The EU DSM Directive: End of the Story?', London
13 June: European Copyright Roundtable: 'How to implement Article 17 DSMD?'
17-20 June: CineEurope 2019, Barcelona
19-20 June: Conference on New Challenges regarding Copyright in the Digital Single Market, Bucharest
20-21 June: European Council Summit
24 June: Composition of European Parliament political groups
1 July: Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU
2-4 July : First European Parliament Plenary, Strasbourg
15-18 July : Second European Parliament Plenary, Strasbourg
- Possible election of European Commission President
21-24 October: Election of new European Commission

EU Broadcasting Directive

/05: Directive on copyright and online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmes – EAO Newsletter

The stated purpose of the Directive under the new Article 1 is to lay down rules to enhance cross-border access to a greater number of television and radio programmes by facilitating the clearance of rights for the provision of online services that are ancillary to the broadcast of certain types of television and radio programmes and for the retransmission of television and radio programmes. 

Competition

/05: Court prohibits arbitrary changes to pay-TV programme package – EAO Newsletter

In a recently published judgment of 17 January 2019 (Case no. 12 O 1982/2018), the Landgericht München (Munich district court) decided that customers were unreasonably disadvantaged by a unilateral, groundless change to programme packages sold by pay-TV provider Sky Deutschland.

EU Elections

03/05: European Elections 2019 Campaign Tracker – European Parliament

To help media keep track of the European election campaigns, the EP Press service provides a daily newsfeed on country-specific electoral facts, events and debates in all member states.

02/05: European elections: unprecedented viewing figures for Parliament’s campaign film – European Parliament

With over 75 million views in a week, the film "Choose Your Future", part of an EP awareness campaign based on the feeling of togetherness, has had an exceptional impact.

Events:

18 May: European Audiovisual Observatory event, Cannes Film Festival

18 May: Creative Europe MEDIA, Cannes Film Festival:
– “European  Authors’ Remuneration – Where do We Stand?” Panel discussion (10 am)
– EAO presentation on the newly launched online platform LUMIERE VOD (5 pm)

19 May: Europa Cinemas conference, Cannes Film Festival

19 May: CNC, Cannes Film Festival
– The CNC Rendezvous (11.30 am)
– SACD-CNC round-table: What does the future hold for cinema in a world dominated by platforms? (3.30 pm)

20 May: Creative Europe MEDIA, Cannes Film Festival:
– “Copyright Conundrum”: Chat with Giuseppe Abbamonte, Director Media Policy, EC (10 am)
– "Audiovisual Markets: Trends & Investments”: Panel discussion (11.15 am)
– “A Europe of Talents – Empowering Creativity” European Film Forum (3 pm)

21 May: Creative Europe MEDIA, Cannes Film Festival
– Presentation by NutAlone, digital platform for European indie films (10 am) 
– CannesXR (5 pm)
22-23 May: Council of the EU - Education, Youth, Culture & Sports Council 
23-26 May: EU Elections 2019
7 June: European Film Forum
12-13 June: International Forum on IP Enforcement, Paris 
17-20 June: CineEurope 2019, Barcelona
19-20 June: Conference on New Challenges regarding Copyright in the Digital Single Market, Bucharest

1 November: Deadline for appointment of new European Commission

EU Copyright Directive

15/04: Statements on EU Copyright Directive: The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Poland, Italy & Finland; Estonia; Germany – Council of the EU  

The objectives of this Directive were to enhance the good functioning of the internal market and to stimulate innovation, creativity, investment and production of new content, also in the digital environment. The signatories support these objectives.

15/04: EU adjusts copyright rules to the digital age – Council of the EU

The EU is amending its legal framework on copyright to make it fit-for-purpose in today's digital environment. The Council today adopted a directive that modernises existing EU copyright law to pave the way towards a true digital single market. The new rules ensure adequate protection for authors and artists, while opening up new possibilities for accessing and sharing copyright-protected content online throughout the European Union.

EU Broadcasting Directive

15/04: EU set to enhance cross-border access to online content – Council of the EU

The EU is taking steps to increase the number of TV and radio programmes available online for European consumers. The Council adopted a directive which will facilitate the licensing of copyright-protected material contained in such programmes so that they can be made available throughout the EU.

 EU Terrorist Content Regulation

17/04: Terrorist content online should be removed within one hour, says EP – European Parliament

Internet companies should remove terrorist content within one hour after receiving an order from the authorities, to combat radicalisation and contribute to public security.

Culture

16/04: CULT Activity Report 2014-2019 – CULT Committee

European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education has published its activity report for the past five years.

Creative Europe MEDIA/European Audiovisual Observatory

16/04: LUMIERE VOD: launch of the first directory of European films to increase transparency concerning the VOD markets - EAO

Launched by the European Commission with the European Audiovisual Observatory who is managing the project, this new directory of European films will help professionals, the public authorities and citizens to find information about European films and their availability on-line in video-on-demand (VOD) services throughout the European Union.

16/04: Factsheets on LUMIERE VOD: the first online directory of European films – European Commission

The European Commission launched a new Directory of European films that aims to help professionals, public authorities and citizens to find out information about European films more easily and to know about their availability online.

Horizon Europe

17/04: Statement by Commissioner Moedas on the European Parliament's vote on Horizon Europe – European Commission

The European Parliament endorsed the provisional agreement reached by the co-legislators on Horizon Europe, the EU research and innovation programme for the next budget period from 2021 to 2027.

Council of the EU

16/04: The Informal Meeting of the Ministers of Culture in Bucharest – romania2019.eu

Within the framework of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the informal meeting of the EU Ministers of Culture took place on 16 April 2019, at the Palace of Parliament, in Bucharest.

InvestEU

18/04: ‘InvestEU’ programme: big boost for jobs, growth and investment – European Parliament

MEPs have approved a provisional and partial deal with EU ministers on a new EU programme to support investment and access to finance during 2021-2027.

Events

18 May: European Audiovisual Observatory event, Cannes Film Festival
19 May: Europa Cinemas conference, Cannes Film Festival 
23-26 May: EU Elections 2019
17-20 June: CineEurope 2019, Barcelona

EU Copyright Directive

27/03: European Parliament approves new copyright rules for the internet – European Parliament

Creatives and news publishers will be empowered to negotiate with internet giants thanks to new copyright rules which also contain safeguards on freedom of expression.

26/03: Texts adopted (provisional edition): Copyright in the Digital Single Market – European Parliament

Full text of the European Parliament legislative resolution of 26 March 2019 on the proposal for a

directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright in the Digital Single Market.

27/03: Questions and Answers on issues about the digital copyright directive – European Parliament

This Q and A provides answers to some of the more regularly raised issues regarding the directive on copyright in the digital single market. 

26/03: Copyright reform: the Commission welcomes European Parliament's vote in favour of modernised rules fit for digital age – European Commission

The European Parliament voted in favour of the new Copyright Directive designed to bring tangible benefits to citizens, all creative sectors, the press, researchers, educators, and cultural heritage institutions.

Creative Europe Programme 2021-2027

28/03: Creative Europe: Parliament votes for mobility of artists and circulation of works – European Parliament

MEPs voted on Thursday to double the budget of the 2021-2027 Creative Europe programme and to enhance international circulation of works, supporting better mobility for artists. 

28/03: Cultural and creative sectors contribute to youth employment and to social cohesion, says S&D MEP Silvia Costa – S&D Group

The European Parliament backed the report drafted by S&D MEP Silvia Costa to strengthen the Creative Europe programme for the period 2021 to 2027.

EU Broadcasting Directive

28/03: More online radio and news broadcasts across borders – European Parliament

Plenary approved on Thursday the new rules facilitating online broadcasting of current affairs and radio programmes across the EU. 

28/03: Commission welcomes European Parliament's vote on new rules facilitating access to online TV and radio content across borders – European Commission

Following the European Parliament's approval of modernised copyright rules earlier this week, today the Parliament endorsed another crucial piece of legislation to make the copyright rules fit for the digital age. The Commission welcomes the positive vote for the Directive that will simplify cross-border distribution and retransmission of television and radio programmes. 

28/03: Questions and answers: Directive on television and radio programmes – European Commission

This Q and A provides answers to some of the more regularly raised issues regarding the directive on television and radio programmes.

EU Single-use Plastics Directive

27/03: Parliament seals ban on throwaway plastics by 2021 – European Parliament

Parliament approved a new law banning single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws and cotton buds sticks. 

27/03: Circular Economy: Commission welcomes European Parliament adoption of new rules on single–use plastics to reduce marine litter – European Commission

The European Parliament agreed on the ambitious measures proposed by the Commission to tackle marine litter coming from the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on European beaches, as well as abandoned fishing gear and oxo-degradable plastics.

Group positions & responses: EPP GroupS&D GroupECR Group

EU Elections 2019

29/03: Projections of seats of next Parliament – European Parliament

In collaboration with Kantar Public, Parliament’s Public Opinion Monitoring Unit is allocating projected seats calculated on the basis of voting intentions polls from each member state to Parliament´s currently existing political groups.

Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU 

27/03: Ensuring young people’s access to culture and supporting creativity – important priorities for the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council – Romania2019.eu

The conference placed an emphasis on the importance of encouraging young people’s creativity at European level, as a prerequisite for facilitating their insertion on the labour market, and also for enhancing social inclusion, active citizenship and civic responsibility. 

European Audiovisual Observatory

28/03: European Audiovisual Observatory announces this year’s Cannes conference! - EAO

The conference will look at how today’s European films are financed. Who are the new financial players? How does public policy channel money into film funds and financing mechanisms? How is the structure of film financing in Europe changing?

InvestEU

27/03: InvestEU: EU ambassadors confirm common understanding reached with Parliament – Council of the EU

EU ambassadors confirmed the common understanding reached by the Romanian Presidency and the European Parliament on InvestEU, which will bring together under one programme 14 different financial instruments currently available to support investment in the EU.

Events

8-12 April: EUIPO Working Group meetings, Alicante

24 April (TBC): EU Terrorist Content Regulation Committee Vote (LIBE)

23-26 May: EU Elections

17-20 June: CineEurope 2019, Barcelona – Register here!

Recent Studies

EUIPO – Trends in Trade in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods – March 2019European Audiovisual Observatory – Mapping of national rules for the promotion of European works in Europe – February 2019Göteborg 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

EU Copyright Directive

26/02: Copyright: MEPs back provisional agreement – European Parliament

The Legal Affairs Committee approved the reform of EU copyright rules provisionally agreed with EU Ministers.

Antitrust

07/03: Antitrust: Commission accepts commitments by Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and Sky on cross-border pay-TV services – European Commission

The European Commission has made commitments offered by Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and Sky legally binding under EU antitrust rules. These commitments address the Commission's concerns regarding certain clauses in these studios' film licensing contracts for pay-TV with Sky UK.

Circulation & Promotion of European Films

26/02: European movies on the move: ten actions for better circulation across Europe – European Commission

The Open Method of Coordination (OMC) group of experts on circulation of films has published a paper featuring good practices and recommendations to enhance the circulation of European films across the EU.

Gender Balance

08/03: Public Consultation – Gender equality in the EU – European Commission

The Commission is launching a public consultation to gather opinions from all interested groups about the current situation regarding gender equality in the EU and the priorities for the next 5 years.

07/03: Statement by the European Commission on the occasion of International Women's Day 2019 – European Commission

“Women remain underrepresented in politics. In the upcoming European elections, we would like to see more women across the EU not only voting, but standing and succeeding as candidates. The Commission also calls for more women to be represented in the highest level of all EU institutions, including as Commissioners”, states the European Commission Statement.

2019 European Elections

05/03: Party leaders to join ECR group after EU elections – The Parliament Magazine

Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, who leads French party Debout la France, and Thierry Baudet, who leads Dutch party Forum for Democracy, both signed declarations with ECR co-leader, Ryszard Legutko.

Moldova

/03: New Audiovisual Code – EAO Newsletter  

The new law replaces an earlier Audiovisual Code from 2006 (see IRIS 2006-9/27). It brings national legislation more into line with the AVMS Directive, especially in the fields of the protection of minors, the protection of consumers (commercial communications), incitement to hatred, events of major importance, the right of reply, material scope, jurisdictional issues, non-linear audiovisual media services, and the promotion of European works.

Studies & Data

/03: EFARN Film Research Library: Studies & data from the European film agencies – EFARN

Events

14 March: EAO Advisory Committee Meeting 
25-28 March: EU Single Use Plastics Directive - European Parliament plenary sitting
27 March: EU SatCab Directive - European Parliament plenary vote (TBC)
27 March: 28 Shades of AVMSD - A Changing and Challenging Digital Market 
27/28 March: EU Copyright Directive - European Parliament plenary vote (TBC)
8-12 April: EUIPO Working Group meetings
23-26 May: EU Elections

EU Copyright Directive

13/02: Agreement reached on digital copyright rules – European Parliament

Creatives and news publishers will be empowered to negotiate with internet giants thanks to a deal reached on copyright rules which also contains safeguards on freedom of expression.

13/02: EU copyright rules adjusted to the digital age – European Council

The EU is amending its copyright legal framework to make it fit-for-purpose in today's digital environment. Representatives of the Romanian presidency of the Council  reached a provisional agreement with the European Parliament on a draft directive that introduces changes to existing EU copyright rules as part of creating a true EU digital single market.

13/02: Digital Single Market: EU negotiators reach a breakthrough to modernise copyright rules – European Commission

The European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the Commission found a political agreement to make the copyright rules fit for digital era in Europe and bring tangible benefits to all creative sectors, the press, researchers, educators, cultural heritage institutions, and citizen.

EU Platform-to-Business Regulation

14/02: Online platforms required by law to be more transparent with EU businesses – European Parliament

EU lawmakers agreed on a set of measures to halt unfair practices in the digital market. More than a million EU enterprises trade via platforms to reach their customers.

14/02: Questions and answers – EU negotiators agree to set up new European rules to improve fairness of online platforms’ trading practices – European Commission

EU Elections 2019

18/02: First seat projections for the next European Parliament – European Parliament

Parliament released the first seat projections, based on a cross-section of national polls, for the composition of the next (9th) European Parliament.

Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU 

12/02: Romanian EU Council Presidency: Presenting a united front – The Parliament Magazine

The Romanian EU Council Presidency comes at a time of multiple challenges for Europe, writes Claudia Ţapardel.

Events

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

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

Events

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

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.

Events

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

EU Broadcasting Directive

13/12: Digital Single Market: EU negotiators agree to facilitate access to online TV and radio content across borders – European Commission

The negotiators of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council, have reached a political agreement on the proposed copyright legislation on TV and radio programmes.

EU Budget

12/12: EU budget 2019 approved: focus on the young, innovation and migration – European Parliament

After Council formally approved the conciliation agreement with Parliament on the 2019 budget on 7 December, Parliament approved the budget on Wednesday by 451 votes to 142, with 78 abstentions. It was then signed into law by President Antonio Tajani.

Digital Taxation

13/12: MEPs agree on new rules to tax digital companies’ revenues – European Parliament

The plenary proposed widening the scope of the directives on taxing digital businesses operating in the EU.

Copyright Enforcement

07/12: Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List – EUIPO

The European Commission has published its long-awaited Counterfeit and Piracy Watch-List.

EU Elections

07/12: European Parliament aims to reverse voter apathy with new election awareness campaign – The Parliament Magazine

The European Parliament has launched a new campaign designed to boost voter turnout in the elections next May.

Gender Balance

10/12: EU actions progress -Women in Digital – European Commission

This factsheet gives an overview of all key issues related to the trend in participation of women in the digital sector and the EU actions in progress to address them.

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

Events

14/15 January: Trilogue - EU Copyright Directive

EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)

28/11 : EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) published in official EU Journal – Official Journal of the European Union

Creativity Works!

22/11: ‘Technology is not culture’: how platforms can help shape a healthy ecosystem online – Creativity Works!

Online platforms are an integral part of today’s digital economy. They increase the speed at which information is shared and introduce consumers to a wide variety of digital goods and services. But their dominant rise casts concern about the largely unregulated role they play in disseminating creators’ content and raises questions about what steps should be taken to safeguard a fair and competitive online ecosystem. The topic was debated at an event in the European Parliament hosted by MEP Christian Ehler.

EU Copyright Directive

29/11: Authors’ Group comments ahead of the Council IP Working Group - FERA

Ahead of the IP Working Party meeting held on November 30, the Authors’ Group called attention to several aspects of the compromise solution on the proposed Copyright Directive Chapter 3 “Fair remuneration in contracts of authors and performers”, which are of critical importance to the EU creative community.

EU Copyright Directive

14/11: EU Council poised to insist on mandatory upload filters – MEP Julia Reda

The closed-door trilogue efforts to finalise the EU Copyright Directive continue. The Presidency of the Council, currently held by Austria, has now circulated among the EU member state governments a new proposal for a compromise between the differing drafts currently on the table for the controversial Articles 11 and 13.

Competition

06/11: Mergers: Commission approves Disney's acquisition of parts of Fox, subject to conditions – European Commission

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of parts of Fox by Disney, both US based global media companies. The decision is conditional on full compliance with commitments offered by Disney.

09/11: Antitrust: Commission seeks feedback on commitments offered by Disney in pay-TV investigation – European Commission

The European Commission is inviting comments from interested parties on commitments offered by Disney to address competition concerns relating to contractual clauses preventing the cross-border provision of pay-TV.

Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)

06/11: Less hate speech and more European content on video streaming services: Council adopts new EU rules – Council of the European Union

As a result of updates by the EU to its rules for audiovisual media services, traditional television and new services such as on-demand broadcasting will compete on a level playing field. Video sharing platforms will also for the first time be subject to rules ensuring that viewers, and in particular minors, will be better protected from violent or harmful content or hate speech.

EU Budget

14/11: Long-term EU budget : MEPs lay down funding priorities for post-2020 budget – European Parliament

In a vote on Wednesday, MEPs confirmed their position on the next EU long-term budget, including a precise breakdown of the amounts for each EU programme.

European Elections

08/11: Manfred Weber elected as EPP candidate for the President of the European Commission - EPP Group

The Congress of the European People’s Party (EPP) today elected  Manfred WEBER as the EPP’s candidate for President of the European Commission, ahead of the May 2019 European Parliament elections.

07/11: Progressives unite behind Frans Timmermans – S&D Group

After Frans Timmermans was endorsed as the PES Common Candidate by fellow Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič, the president of the S&D Group Udo Bullmann hosted an exchange with Frans Timmermans at the S&D Group meeting yesterday, with the participation of Maros Šefčovič and PES president Sergei Stanishev. The meeting was a clear sign that progressives are up and ready for the 2019 campaign.

Lux Film Prize

14/11: Winner of the Lux Film Prize: “This is about a woman who wants to save the world” (video) – European Parliament

Woman at War has won this year’s Lux Film Prize. In an interview, director Benedikt Erlingsson talked about climate change and the challenges it poses to democracy.

Events

27 November: Trilogue - EU Copyright Directive
27-30 November: EUIPO Working Group Meetings, Warsaw
3-4 December: Trilogue - EU Copyright Directive
14 December: UNIC Paris Meeting

Creative Europe MEDIA

26/10: CULT Committee draft report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Creative Europe programme (2021 to 2027) – European Parliament

EU Budget

24/10: EU Budget 2019: focus on the young, on migration and innovation – European Parliament

In their budgetary resolution, MEPs reaffirm their priorities: “sustainable growth, innovation, competitiveness, security, tackling root causes of refugees and migration flows, managing refugee and migration flows, the fight against climate change and the transition to sustainable energy, and a particular focus on young people.”

European Commission

23/10: Commission Work Programme 2019: Delivering on promises and preparing for the future – European Commission  

The European Commission presented its Work Programme for 2019, setting out three main priorities for the year ahead: reaching swift agreement on the legislative proposals already presented to deliver on its ten political priorities; adopting a limited number of new initiatives to address outstanding challenges; and presenting several initiatives with a future perspective for a Union at 27 reinforcing the foundations for a strong, united and sovereign Europe.

E-commerce

23/10: European Commission and European Parliament take stock of the progress made in breaking down barriers to e-commerce in the EU – European Commission

Vice-President Ansip and Commissioners Bieńkowska, Jourová and Gabriel met in Strasbourg with members of the European Parliament to take stock of the progress made in breaking down the barriers to e-commerce in the EU and discuss next opportunities and challenges.

Recent Studies

European Parliament - Research for CULT Committee – Audiovisual Sector and Brexit: the Regulatory Environment - October 2018

EAO - 12% of all films released in the EU are at least 10 years old. New study explores the volume of catalogue films in the EU in cinemas, TV and VOD - October 2018

EAO - One third of all audiovisual media services established in the EU exist as locally adapted versions - October 2018

Events

12 November: EU DG COMP decision on Disney/Fox merger
20 November: UNIC Screening - Werk Ohne Autor, Brussels
27 November: Trilogue - EU Copyright Directive
27-30 November: EUIPO Working Group Meetings, Warsaw
3-4 December: Trilogue - EU Copyright Directive

EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive 

18/10: Draft Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2010/13/EU on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services (Audiovisual Media Services Directive) in view of changing market realities (first reading) – EU Council

EU Broadcasting Regulation

05/10: Updating broadcasting rules for digital; spreading and promoting European culture – Andrus Ansip Blog

“So it is not about free access, or about destroying business models for film producers or musicians. But it is about getting access to cultural content without pulling the rug out from under Europe's creative sector and culture” stated Commissioner Ansip.

Copyright Enforcement 

18/10: The owner of an internet connection used for copyright infringements through filesharing cannot be exonerated from liability simply by naming a family member who might have had access to that connection - CJEU

Directory of European Films

18/10: Digital single market: a directory of European films to facilitate on-line access – European Commission

On the occasion of the Marché international du film classique [International Classic Film Market] in Lyon, Mariya Gabriel, the Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, will today present the prototype of a directory of European films, a key action of the Digital4Culture strategy which is also part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. 

Lux Film Prize

15/10: Discover the Lux Film Prize finalists in a cinema near you – European Parliament

Three films featuring three strong female characters facing difficult dilemmas: the Lux Film days are bringing them to a cinema near you. 

Croatia

/10: Croatia – New law on audiovisual activities – EAO Newsletter

The Croatian Parliament has recently adopted the new Law on Audiovisual Activities (Zakon o audiovizualnim djelatnostima). This Law concerns the promotion of the production of audiovisual works. 

Events

25 October: Trilogue - EU Copyright Directive27 November: Trilogue - EU Copyright Directive3-4 December: Trilogue - EU Copyright Directive

Digital Single Market

26/09: European digital single market – a priority of Council Presidency conference – EU2018AT

At the High Level Conference on Digital and E-Government which took place on 26 September 2018 in Vienna, ministers and high‑level expert officials had a constructive exchange on elementary e-government and digitalisation issues.

EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive 

26/09: Audiovisual media: MEPs vote on new rules fit for a digital age – European Parliament

New rules on audiovisual media aim to better protect viewers, encourage innovation and promote European content. MEPs approved them on 2 October.

Creative Europe Programme

27/09: FNE TV: MEP Silvia Costa, EU Parliament Culture & Education Committee and Rapporteur for Creative Europe 2021-2027 – Film New Europe

FNE asked Silvia Costa about the most important differences between Creative Europe 2021-2027 and the previous programme and the importance of the LUX Prix for European culture.

EU Budget

26/09: DRAFT INTERIM REPORT on the proposal for a Council regulation on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 – European Parliament

26/09: EU Budget 2019: MEPs increase funding on youth, migration and research – European Parliament

Budget MEPs increased Erasmus+ funds and restored budgets for infrastructure investments, as well as Horizon 2020, the EU research programme.

European Union Intellectual Property Office

01/10: Christian Archambeau takes over as Executive Director of EUIPO – EUIPO

Mr Christian Archambeau has now taken up his duties as Executive Director of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) after his appointment was confirmed by the European Council.

European Audiovisual Observatory

26/09: How are audiovisual media services licenced in Europe today? – European Audiovisual Observatory

European Audiovisual Observatory has published a new mapping report of the licensing systems for audiovisual media services in today’s European Union.

Events 

8-9 October: Challenging (the) Content – Content made in Europe in the digital economy - Vienna

8-11 October: NATO Fall Summit

10 October: CICI Lunch - European Parliament, Brussels

10 October: Attaché meeting - EU Copyright Directive

15 & 16 October: UNIC Cinema Days - Brussels

17 October: Attaché meeting - EU Copyright Directive

25 October: Trilogue - EU Copyright Directive

Copyright Directive

13/09: Parliament approves controversial EU copyright reform – The Parliament Magazine

MEPs have approved controversial EU copyright reform, which includes a proposal for a publishers’ neighbouring right.

12/09: Parliament adopts its position on digital copyright rules – European Parliament

Parliament adopted its revised negotiating position on copyright rules on Wednesday, adding safeguards to protect small firms and freedom of expression.

12/09: UNIC welcomes the European Parliament vote on the Copyright Directive – UNIC

Following the plenary vote in the European Parliament on the Directive for Copyright in the Digital Single Market on 12 September, UNIC would like to welcome the outcome and thank the Parliament for supporting Europe's cultural and creative sectors.

Film Festivals

17/09: Full theatrical release vital for audiences says UNIC – UNIC

UNIC added its own voice to those seeking to ensure that films selected for competition at leading film festivals receive a full theatrical release.

11/09: Venice Festival winner invisible to cinemas audience worldwide – CICAE

 The International Confederation of Art Cinemas has recently called for a ban on movies produced or distributed by Netflix that were part of the official competition of the Venice International Film Festival. The award night of the prestigious festival proved that the cry out was well founded.

Creative Europe Media

20/09: Joint statement supporting the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme – UNIC Website

Alongside organisations working across the European audiovisual sector and in light of ongoing discussions surrounding the future of the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme and the next Multi-annual Financial Framework 2021/2027, UNIC would like to re-iterate its utmost support for Creative Europe MEDIA and its proportionate share of the overall Creative Europe budget.

CICAE

14/09: New General Delegate appointed at CICAE - CICAE

The International Confederation of Art House Cinemas (CICAE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Boglárka Nagy as the new General Delegate of the association. 

Events

4 October: European Creative Industries Summit (ECIS) 2018 - Vienna8-9 October: Challenging (the) Content – Content made in Europe in the digital economy - Vienna8-11 October: NATO Fall Summit10 October: CICI Lunch - European Parliament, Brussels 15 & 16 October: UNIC Cinema Days - Brussels 

EU Copyright Directive

25/08: Copyright Plenary Vote: Big Tech Tactics Revealed – Creativity Works!

Following the July Plenary vote, and the intense disinformation campaign produced by Big Tech, journalists and policymakers alike have uncovered disturbing truths.

27/08: Europe’s creative & cultural actors unite to call for an online environment that works for EU creativity – europeforcreativity.org

“We prefer to invest our time and/or money in creation, jobs, growth and a plural and diverse cultural landscape. That is what we believe Europe is about. Real people that create real things and really want this reform to ensure the online world plugs the value gap”, mentions the statement.

04/09: MEPs in last-minute meeting ahead of crunch EU copyright vote – The Parliament Magazine

MEPs were meeting on Tuesday in a last-minute effort to agree a compromise that will be acceptable to a majority of deputies ahead of a key vote next week on the reforming EU copyright rules.

10/09: Intense lobbying continues ahead of EU copyright vote – The Parliament Magazine

World famous artist Wyclef Jean has joined others in urging MEPs to this week vote against a proposed reform of the EU copyright laws which has returned to the plenary following Parliament’s decision not to enter the interinstitutional negotiations.

 

EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive 

03/09: MEPs to vote on EU audiovisual media services reform next month – The Parliament Magazine

A vote in plenary in Strasbourg, the first after the summer recess, to endorse the new rules is likely to take place in the week starting 10 September.

 

European Elections 2019

24/08: 2019 European elections 'could be the most decisive yet' on future of EU – The Parliament Magazine

The next European elections could see a “flattening out” of the centre and further fragmentation of party support, according to a new report.

 

Recent Studies

EAO - The origin of films in VOD catalogues - August 2018IVIR Amsterdam - Global Online Piracy Study - July 2018EU OMC - The role of public policies in developing entrepreneurial and innovation potential of the cultural and creative sectors - April 2018

Events

12 September: European Parliament Plenary Vote - EU Copyright Directive
24-27 September: FNCF Congress 2018 - Deauville 26 & 27 September: EUIPO Plenary Meeting 2018 - Alicante 
4 October: European Creative Industries Summit (ECIS) 2018 - Vienna
8-9 October: Challenging (the) Content – Content made in Europe in the digital economy - Vienna
8-11 October: NATO Fall Summit
10 October: CICI Lunch - European Parliament, Brussels 
15 & 16 October: UNIC Cinema Days - Brussels 

EU Copyright Directive

19/07: Authors urge MEPs to find a common line and adopt the Copyright Directive without further delay - FERA

The Authors’ Group mentions that ‘throwing the Directive away by postponing its adoption would be a failure to deliver any concrete improvement to the situation of European authors and be an appalling missed opportunity to strengthen the creative community and Europe’s cultural wealth in the digital era.’

Cult Committee

17/07: Draft CULT Report on the New European Agenda for Culture - European Parliament website

The rapporteur stresses, among other things, the need to protect creators in the digital landscape and to this end welcomes the proposal for the Copyright Directive. He calls on the European Commission and Member States to ensure that digital platforms that play an active role in distributing, promoting and monetising copyright protected content have a clear obligation to obtain licenses from right holders and to fairly remunerate artists, authors, news publishers, producers, journalists and creators for the digital use of their work.

Video Sharing Platforms 

12/07: Video Sharing Platforms – who’s making the rules and how do they apply? – European Audiovisual Observatory 

How does European legislation sheriff the wild wild west of content sharing platforms such as YouTube? And what of Facebook? How does European law define their role and responsibilities? High time for the European Audiovisual Observatory’s new report: The legal framework for video-sharing platforms.

Event:

12 September: European Parliament Plenary Vote - EU Copyright Directive
24-27 September: FNCF Congress 2018 - Deauville
26 & 27 September: EUIPO Plenary Meeting 2018 - Alicante
15 & 16 October: UNIC Cinema Days - Brussels

EU Copyright Directive

27/06: Europe’s cultural and creative sectors call on MEPs to uphold the mandate on copyright in plenary – UNIC Website

“We represent 4.5% of EU GDP and 12 million European jobs. We are the heart and soul of Europe’s plurality and rich identities. On July 5 we ask for you to back the mandate adopted by JURI on 20 June which is the result of long and intense negotiations” highlights the main message of the Europe’s creative and cultural sectors to the MEPs.

29/06: CW! asks MEPs to uphold JURI mandate on Copyright Directive – Creativity Works!

Creativity Works! has joined 93 organisations from Europe’s creative and cultural sectors that are asking Members of the European Parliament to support the Legal Affairs (JURI) mandate on the Copyright Directive report during the Plenary vote on 5 July.

20/06: Copyright: MEPs update rules for the digital age – European Parliament

Plans to update of EU copyright rules for today’s online world and ensure fair pay for artists and journalists were backed by the Legal Affairs Committee.

20/06: Joint Press Release: The European Parliament’s report on the Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market: a first good step for audiovisual authors – SAAFERA & FSE

The Federation of European Film Directors (FERA), the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE) and the Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA) welcome the vote of the Legal Affairs’ Committee in favour of a new Article -14a establishing a principle of fair and proportionate remuneration for authors and performers.

Copyright Enforcement

26/06: Press Release: AAPA Launches Anti-Piracy Award – Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance

At this year’s Europol Intellectual Property Crime conference, the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA) announced the winner of it first award for a successful initiative to tackle audiovisual piracy. The winner was Grupo de Antipirateria of the Policia Nacionale (Spain), led by Inspector Marlene Álvarez Vicente. The award recognised the Grupo de Antipirateria’s successful operations in large scale illegal streaming cases, many of which affected AAPA members.

Digital Single Market

/07: European Commission Communication on completing a trusted Digital Single Market for all – EAO Newsletter

 In the Communication, the Commission provides an overview of the legislative proposals it has made over the last three years, reviews the progress of their adoption and implementation, and calls on its co-legislators - the European Parliament and the Council - to accelerate their work in order to meet the European Council’s goal of concluding the DSM Strategy by the end of 2018.

Council of the European Union

01/07: Austria takes over presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 July 2018 – Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU

On the first of July, Austria took over the presidency of the Council of the European Union for the next six months.

Competition

15/06: Mergers: Commission clears Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Sky under EU merger rules – European Commission

The European Commission has approved unconditionally under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Sky by Comcast, a US based global media, technology and entertainment company. The Commission concluded the transaction would raise no competition concerns in Europe.

Gender Balance

19/06: Working report on gender representation in the audiovisual media sector – European Commission

A short working report, outlining the national measures and initiatives to support the place and image of women in audiovisual media, both on- and off-screen, has been published.

Events

5 July: Vote in Plenary - EU Copyright Directive16 July: Creative Europe MEDIA Stakeholder Meeting 24-27 September: FNCF Congress 2018 - Deauville 26 & 27 September: EUIPO Plenary Meeting 2018 - Alicante 15 & 16 October: UNIC Cinema Days - Brussels 

UNIC

12/06: UNIC Annual Report  -   Access the report in full here 

UNIC is delighted to announce the publication of its 2018 Annual Report, examining key cinema trends across the 37 territories represented by the association.

18/06: UNIC launched the second edition of Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme – UNIC

The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), the European Cinema trade grouping, launched the second edition of its Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme, a 12-month mentoring programme for women in cinema exhibition.

Global Cinema Federation

11/06: Global Cinema Federation releases position papers - GCF

The Global Cinema Federation (GCF) today released five position papers on key areas of concern and interest to cinema operators worldwide.

EU Copyright Directive

11/06: Publishers back controversial EU copyright proposals – The Parliament Magazine

Publishers strongly support the directive, saying it is an attempt to reshape copyright for the internet, in particular rebalancing the relationship between copyright holders and online platforms.

18/06: Getting closer to the finishing line? – SAA Blog

MEPs have been exceptionally and forcefully lobbied from all directions on this file. We therefore appreciate the time and effort MEPs, from across the political spectrum, have taken to listen to us and support our call. We trust them to vote this week for the best option for directors and screenwriters to obtain fair and proportionate remuneration for the exploitation of their works online.

19/06: Copyright: Realities & Myths - ACT

An overview of Article 13 - what's it about?

Digital Single Market

05/06: Mariya Gabriel: The future of Europe and of the world is inevitably digital – The Parliament Magazine

This Commission is entering the final year of its mandate. Where do you believe progress needs to be made to achieve a genuine digital single market? Three years after its launch, the digital single market is becoming a reality. In total, 29 legislative proposals have been presented by the Commission.

07/06: Digital Single Market: Updated audiovisual rules – European Commission

The media landscape has shifted dramatically in less than a decade. Instead of sitting in front of the family TV, millions of Europeans, especially young people, watch content online, on demand and on different mobile devices.

Creative Europe Programme

30/05: EU Budget: Reinforcing Europe’s cultural and creative sectors – European Commission

For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the European Commission is proposing to increase funding for Creative Europe, the programme supporting European cultural and creative sectors and audiovisual works, to €1.85 billion.

30/05: Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council establishing the Creative Europe programme (2021 to 2027) – European Commission

The aim of this initiative is to build on the Creative Europe Programme's achievements and scale up

efforts with a view to meeting the objectives set in relation to more recent policy developments.

30/05: Factsheet: Investing in people – Creative Europe 2021-2027 – European Commission

The Creative Europe programme includes a MEDIA strand to support the European audiovisual industry, a CULTURE strand to promote other European cultural and creative sectors, and a CROSS-SECTORAL strand to support actions spanning across the audiovisual and other cultural and creative sectors.

EU Copyright Directive

01/06: Performers and audiovisual authors plea to the European Parliament – SAA Blog
Joint press release available here.

On 29 May, performers and audiovisual authors from across Europe gathered in Strasbourg to explain in their own words why an unwaivable right to remuneration is urgently needed for them as creators, when their works are being watched on on-demand platforms. The meeting was a last plea to the European Parliament before the vote on the new Copyright Directive on 21 June.

EU Budget

23/05: EU Budget: Commission proposes a budget focused on continuity and delivery – for growth, solidarity, security – European Commission

The Commission proposed the 2019 draft EU Budget of €166 billion in commitments, corresponding to a 3% increase over 2018, investing in a stronger and more resilient European economy and promoting solidarity and security on both sides of the EU's borders.

European Film Forum

28/05: European Film Forum at Annecy – Building Brands: The Road to Success – European Commission

The next European Film Forum will take place during the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. It will look into opportunities for animation studios to build effective marketing and brand strategies.

Events:

11-14 June: CineEurope 2018

11 June: European Film Forum Barcelona

14 June: European Film Forum Annecy 

20-21 June: European Parliament Vote - Copyright Directive

Public Consultation

/05: Public consultation on measures to further improve the effectiveness of the fight against illegal content online - EUSurvey

Through the present public consultation the Commission seeks to gather views from all relevant stakeholders. The questionnaire is targeted to the general public, hosting service providers such as online platforms, organisations reporting the presence of illegal content online, competent authorities and law enforcement bodies, and academia, civil societies and other organisations.

Digital Single Market

15/05: EU Leaders’ meeting in Sofia: Completing a trusted Digital Single Market for the benefit of all – European Commission

Ahead of the entry into application of the General Data Protection Regulation, the European Commission presented a set of concrete actions that European leaders can take to protect citizens' privacy and make the EU's Digital Single Market a reality before the end of 2018.

EU Copyright Directive

17/05: Bulgarian Presidency of the Council’s new compromise text on the Copyright Directive – Council of the EU

The proposed Directive is one of the Commission’s initiatives under the Digital Single Market Strategy and aims to further harmonise the Union law applicable to copyright and related rights in the framework of the internal market, taking into account in particular digital and cross-border uses of protected content.

14/05: Joint press release: Audiovisual organisations unveil new international legal study supporting fair remuneration of audiovisual authors - SAA

Organisations representing authors in the audiovisual sector welcomed a new global study calling for legal reforms to help screenwriters and directors earn royalties for the use of their works.

Copyright Enforcement 

/05: Committee of Ministers – Recommendation on the roles and responsibilities of Internet intermediaries – EAO Newsletter

In order to provide guidance to all relevant actors faced with the complex task of protecting human rights in the digital environment, the Recommendation sets out a number of recommendations for member states, including that member states implement the “Guidelines for States on actions to be taken vis-à-vis Internet intermediaries with due regard to their roles and responsibilities” (which are annexed to the Recommendation) when devising and implementing legislative frameworks relating to Internet intermediaries.

Creative Europe MEDIA

22/05: An online directory of European films – European Commission

Commissioner Gabriel’s project of a creating an online directory of European films has received large support by the audiovisual sector last week in Cannes. Further to a roundtable organised in the context of the Cannes festival on 15 May 2018 on this subject, a number of organisations signed a manifesto supporting the project.

EU Budget

02/05: A financial commitment to secure Europe’s digital future into the next decade – Andrus Ansip Blog

“I am very pleased that my fellow European commissioners supported digital in the European Commission's proposals for the EU's multi-annual budget, starting from 2021. Here, digital has a strong and separate presence: you can see its footprint everywhere, spread over many different programmes” stated Commissioner Ansip.

21/05: MFF post-2020: Towards a two-speed Europe? – The Parliament Magazine

The Commission’s recently unveiled proposal for the next EU long-term budget contains few surprises. As it had been rumoured in the financial press and hinted at by Brussels diplomats, the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework will be less about cohesion and more about other ‘priorities’, including ‘values’.

European Commission

22/05: Fact Sheet - Building a stronger Europe: new initiatives to further boost role of youth, education and culture policies – European Commission

The initiatives adopted by the Commission today will advance work towards building a European Education Area by 2025, set out how to better harness the potential of culture in driving economic and social development and boost young people's participation and resilience.

Events

CineEurope, 11 – 14 June, Barcelona – please register here

20-21 June: European Parliament Vote - Copyright Directive 

Audiovisual Media Services Directive 

30/04: UNIC Statement on the Audiovisual Media Services Directive – UNIC

The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), the European trade grouping representing cinema exhibitors and their national associations in 37 territories across the EU and beyond, welcomes the preliminary political agreement on the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD).

27/04: AVMSD: EFADs welcome an ambitious and positive step forward for the diversity of European cultures - EFADs

In particular, EFADs strongly appreciate the obligation for on-demand services to secure at least a 30% share of European works in their catalogues and ensure prominence of these works.

27/04: SAA welcomes the reformed Audiovisual Media Services Directive: promoting and investing in European audiovisual works – SAA

The Society of Audiovisual Authors welcomes the agreement between the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission on the reform of EU rules governing audiovisual media services. It thanks policy makers for their willingness to lay down new rules to adapt the European framework to the emergence of digital platforms.

26/04: Audiovisual media: Agreement reached on new media services directive – European Parliament

EP negotiators and the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU agreed on substantial rules for audiovisual media services, including digital platforms.

26/04: Audiovisual media services: breakthrough in EU negotiations for modern and fairer rules – European Commission

The European Parliament, Council and Commission have reached a preliminary political agreement on the main elements of revised rules to apply to audiovisual media across Europe.

Copyright Enforcements

13/04: Creativity Works! letter regarding EU Copyright Directive – Creativity Works!

Creativity Works! calls on Member States to refrain from restricting rightholders’ exclusive rights in favour of certain online platforms; discussions on Copyright Directive must continue to resolve fundamental issues

EU Budget

03/05: EU budget post-2020: Commission praised for alternative sources of income – The Parliament Magazine

Most MEPs have welcomed a Commission plan to raise national contributions to 1.11 per cent of gross national income and introduce new sources of revenue for the next long-term EU budget.

Creative Europe Media

/05: MEDIA events at the 71st Cannes Film Festival – European Commission

This year in Cannes, the EU's Creative Europe MEDIA organises a series of debates and showcases from Thursday 10 May until Wednesday 16 May, on various topics such as collaboration strategies to increase audiences, financing, co-production, distribution and talent development.

Recent studies

EU OMC - The role of public policies in developing entrepreneurial and innovation potential of the cultural and creative sectors - April 2018EUIPO - Test Case: Legal Online Offers of Film - April 2018

Events

12 May: European Audiovisual Observatory Conference - Cannes 12 May: UNIC Cocktail - Cannes 13 May: Europa Cinemas Conference - Cannes 14 May: European Film Forum - Cannes 15 May: Creative Europe MEDIA Stakeholders' Meeting - Cannes 15 May: UNIC Meeting - Cannes20-21 June: European Parliament Vote - Copyright Directive 

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