/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.
/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.
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’.
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.
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20-21 June: European Parliament Vote - Copyright Directive