UNIC policy update 22/11/2019


Copyright enforcement

07/11: Strengthening cooperation in the fight against IP crime - EUIPO

The EU’s law enforcement agency Europol and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) have formally signed an agreement to further increase their cooperation in fighting infringements of intellectual property rights, both online and offline.

EU Digital Services Act 

31/10: Council of the European Union Working Paper: eCommerce/Digital Services Act presentation – Council of the EU

2020 EU budget

15/11: EU Budget 2020 conciliation talks suspended – European Parliament

After making every effort to reach a compromise on an adequate EU budget for 2020 during long hours on 15 November, Parliament and Council have suspended the talks without agreement.

EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027

/11: EP position – MFF Table – European Parliament

Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT)

18/11: A Blueprint for EU Media Policy 2019-2024 - ACT

ACT celebrates its 30 years as Europe embarks into a new political cycle. ACT’s Blueprint for media policy 2019-2024 sets out our guiding thoughts for what European policy-makers need to focus on if they wish to maintain media plurality, quality news and cultural diversity in Europe.

European Commission

14/11: Hearing of Commissioner-designate Thierry Breton – European Parliament

The Internal Market and the Industry committees questioned Thierry Breton, candidate for the Internal Market portfolio.

14/11: European Commission launches infringement proceedings against the UK following its failure to name a candidate for EU Commissioner – European Commission

As the Guardian of the Treaties, the European Commission has today sent a letter of formal notice to the United Kingdom for breaching its EU Treaty obligations by not suggesting a candidate for the post of EU Commissioner. The UK authorities have until Friday 22 November at the latest to provide their views.

Council of the EU

18/11: Future of the Single Market on the agenda of the European Economic Area Council – EU2019.FI

The European Economic Area (EEA) Council met in Brussels on 19 November to assess the overall functioning and progress of the EEA agreement and hold an orientation debate on the single market beyond 2019. The EU’s delegation was led by Pekka Haavisto, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland.


21-22 November: Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council, Brussels 

25 November: Third European Commission copyright Stakeholders’ Meeting, Brussels

25-28 November: European Parliament Plenary session, including presentation and (possible) election of the new European Commission, Strasbourg

27-28 November: EUIPO Observatory Working Group meetings, Brussels 

1 December: European Commission comes into office (TBC)

2-3 December: JURI Committee meeting, Brussels

4 December: IMCO Committee meeting, Brussels

4-5 December: CULT Committee meeting, Brussels

4-5 December: ITRE Committee meeting, Brussels

16 December:  Fourth European Commission copyright Stakeholders’ Meeting, Brussels