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UNIC policy update 03/10/2019

EU Cinema Policy Update 2019-10-03

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