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UNIC policy update 26/03/2018

EU Cinema Policy Update 2018-03-27

Creative Europe Media

15/03: Interim evaluation of EACEA – European Commission

The interim evaluation of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency Citizens will be conducted between 15 March and 12 April. Citizens and stakeholders are in particular invited to provide views on the Commission's understanding of the problem and possible solutions and to share any relevant information that they may have.

15/03: A stronger MEDIA budget to support Europe’s values, creativity & cultural diversity throughout the Union and the world – EFADs Press Release

As the European Institutions reflect on the next Multi Financial-Framework (MFF) and the future of EU programmes, the European Film Agency Directors (EFADs) call on all EU policy makers to reinforce MEDIA and significantly increase its budget from just over 100M€ per year today to €150 million per year in the next MFF to reinforce successful schemes and develop new actions.

 

Geo – Blocking

23/03: Rules against unjustified Geo-blocking enter into force – European Commission

The new rules against unjustified geoblocking entered into force on 22 March 2018 and will be a reality for citizens as of 3 December 2018 – they will be able to find the best deals online when buying goods and services across the EU without being discriminated based on nationality and residence.

22/03: 10 Key Features of the Geo-Blocking Regulation – European Commission

For a better understanding of the Regulation to end unjustified geoblocking adopted on 28 February 2018, here are its 10 key features.

22/03: Geo-blocking – Questions and Answers – European Commission

The Geo-blocking regulation addresses the problem of customers not being able to buy goods and services from traders located in a different Member State for reasons related to their nationality, place of residence or place of establishment. This Q & A aims to give a better understanding of the Geo-blocking regulation.

European Institutions

12/03: MEPs threaten to postpone arrival of Commission budget amid Selmayr row – The Parliament Magazine

MEPs say that the case of Martin Selmayr, whose promotion to head the Commission’s civil service has sparked fury, shows that “promotion of  EU posts must go to the best not to the best connected.”

Digital Taxation

14/03: Moscovici unveils plans for tax crackdown on digital companies – The Parliament Magazine

European economic affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici has outlined upcoming plans for a tax crackdown on digital companies, admitting that the current system is not fit for purpose.

Event

27-28 March: Digitising European Industry Stakeholder Forum 201828 March: Informal meeting of education, youth, culture and sport ministers on culture (EYCS): Media Advisory 17, 18 & 19 April: EUIPO Working Group Meetings 24 April: European Parliament Vote - Copyright Directive 3 May: AAPA/EUIPO - Enforcement Database and Online Digital In