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.

UNIC policy update 19/10/2020

COVID-19: Creative & cultural sectors (CCS)

06/10: InvestEU - 26 organisations call for support for the cultural and creative sectors (CCS) – UNIC website

26 organisations from across Europe's cultural and creative sectors, including UNIC, have written to European Commissioners Thierry Breton (Internal Market) and Paolo Gentiloni (Economy) to urge the EU to ensure that the CCS will benefit from an appropriate level of support via InvestEU.

COVID – 19 : EU response

12/10: Coronavirus Dashboard: EU Cohesion Policy response to the coronavirus crisis – European Commission

The Commission announces the first provisional results of the implementation of the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative (CRII) and Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative Plus (CRII+).

09/10: COVID-19: Council agrees its position on the Recovery and Resilience Facility – Council of the EU

With a financial envelope of €672.5 billion, the facility will support public investments and reforms and contribute to economic, social and territorial cohesion within the EU. It will help member states address the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic whilst ensuring that their economies undertake the green and digital transitions, becoming more sustainable and resilient.

13/10: State aid: Commission prolongs and expands Temporary Framework to further support companies facing significant turnover losses – European Commission

The European Commission has decided to prolong and extend the scope of the State aid Temporary Framework adopted on 19 March 2020 to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. All sections of the Temporary Framework are prolonged for six months until 30 June 2021, and the section to enable recapitalisation support is prolonged for three months until 30 September 2021.

07/10: European Commission to issue EU SURE bonds of up to €100 billion as social bonds – European Commission

The European Commission announced that it will issue its forthcoming EU SURE bonds of up to €100 billion as social bonds. To that end, the Commission has adopted an independently evaluated Social Bond Framework. This Framework is meant to provide investors in these bonds with confidence that the funds mobilised will serve a truly social objective.

EU Digital Services Act (DSA)

15/10: Parliament to outline its priorities for the future Digital Services Act – European Parliament

With the upcoming Digital Services Act (DSA), the European Union aims to shape the digital economy not only at EU level but also to be a standard-setter for the rest of the world, as it did with data protection. In two separate “legislative initiative” reports, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and the Legal Affairs committees call on the Commission to address and tackle current shortcomings in the online environment in its DSA package, due to be presented by the end of the year.

16/10: Why does the EU want to regulate the platform economy? – European Parliament

The platform economy brings benefits but also risks. Read about the issues the EU wants to solve with new rules and the solutions proposed by MEPs.

07/10: IMCO Report: Improving the functioning of the Single Market – European Parliament
Amendments available here.

05/10: JURI Report: Adapting commercial and civil law rules for commercial entities operating online – European Parliament

Amendments available here.

Events :

19-23 October: European Parliament Plenary, Brussels – vote on DSA reports in IMCO, LIBE and JURI 

19 October: 18th EFARN (European Film Agency Research Network) meeting

19 October: FAPAV/MIA webinar “After the lockdown, restarting legality together” 15.00

20 October – Negotiations/Trilogue on the future Creative Europe Programme 

20-22 October: EUIPO Observatory Working Group meetings

26-27 October: European Parliament CULT Committee meeting

26-27 October: European Parliament IMCO Committee meeting

28 October: European Internet Forum event on geo-blocking

2 December: European Commission legislative proposal for the Digital Services Act (DSA) – TBC

Recent studies :

EP JURI - The impact of algorithms for online content filtering or moderation : "Upload filters" - September 2020

EAO - The European audiovisual industry in the time of COVID-19 - September 2020

20-10-2020

UNIC policy update 29/09/2020

COVID-19 - Cultural and creative sectors

17/09: Next Generation EU support should go to hard-hit European culture, say MEPs – European Parliament

Parliament called for direct EU funding to support European culture and creators, who continue to be severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19 - EU response

25/09: COVID-19: Council approves €87.4 billion in financial support for member states under SURE – Council of the EU

The Council approved €87.4 billion of financial support to 16 member states in the form of EU loans under SURE – a temporary EU instrument to mitigate unemployment risks during the COVID-19 crisis.

24/09: Why is Parliament calling for new EU revenue-raising powers? – European Parliament

With negotiations underway on the EU’s 2021-2027 budget as well as the €750 billion Covid-19 recovery instrument, one of the main sticking points is the issue of own resources.

21/09: Read-out of the meeting between European Commission President von der Leyen, the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in her capacity as rotating Presidency of the Council, 21 September – European Commission

EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)

/09: Guidelines on video-sharing platforms and European works under revised AVMSD – EAO newsletter

On 2 July 2020, the European Commission published two important sets of guidelines pursuant to the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) which extends audiovisual rules to what are termed video-sharing platforms (see IRIS 2019-1/3).

Taxation

25/09: Statement by Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager on the Commission's decision to appeal the General Court's judgment on the Apple tax State aid case in Ireland – European Commission

Events

30 September & 1 October: EUIPO Observatory Plenary meeting
1 October: European Parliament JURI Committee meeting (including vote on Digital Services Act Report)
1 October: European Parliament ITRE Committee meeting
12 & 13 October: UNIC Cinema Days online
19 October: 18th EFARN (European Film Agency Research Network) meeting
20-22 October: EUIPO Observatory Working Group meetings
28 October: European Internet Forum event on geo-blocking
2 December: European Commission legislative proposal for the Digital Services Act (DSA) - TBC 

Recent Studies

EAO - The European audiovisual industry in the time of COVID-19 - September 2020

EAO - Copyright licensing rules in the European Union - August 2020

MUSO - Has the displaced cinema audience become the new piracy audience? – June 2020  

30-09-2020

UNIC policy update 06/08/2020

COVID-19 - EU response

29/07: Readout of the meeting between European Commission President von der Leyen, European Parliament President Sassoli and German Chancellor Merkel (rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union) – European Commission

27/07: Coronavirus: Commission launches call for innovative response and recovery partnerships between EU regions – European Commission

The aim of the call is to help regions catch the opportunities emerging from the crisis, develop resilience and build on green and digital transformation for the recovery of the most affected sectors, such as health and tourism.

23/07: EU long-term budget deal must be improved for Parliament to accept it – European Parliament

The recovery fund is a “historic move”, but long-term EU priorities such as the Green Deal and the Digital Agenda are put at risk, MEPs say.

21/07: European Council conclusions, 17-21 July 2020 – Council of the EU

On 21 July 2020, the European Council adopted conclusions on the recovery plan and multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027.

23/07: "This is historic. We renewed our marriage vows for 30 years. Europe is there, strong, standing tall" . Report by President Charles Michel at the European Parliament on the Special European Council of 17-21 July 2020 – Council of the EU

21/07: EU summit compromise: positive step for recovery, inadequate in the long-term – European Parliament

Commenting on the conclusions of the 17-21 July EU summit, EP negotiators welcome the recovery fund but warn that their agreement to the long-term EU budget cannot be taken for granted.

24/07: Four days, four nights: A look back on the special meeting of the European Council in July 2020 – EU 2020 DE

The first meeting in person of the Heads of State and Government of the EU since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic turned into a negotiating marathon. Instead of running two days as originally planned, the special meeting of the European Council lasted four days and nights, from 17 to 21 July.

22/07: REACT-EU: Council agrees on its partial negotiating position – Council of the EU

The EU is providing additional funding and flexibility in the use of the structural funds to help member states' recovery efforts following the COVID-19 outbreak.

Conference on the future of Europe 

28/07: Senior MEP urges Member States to ensure that delayed Conference on Future of Europe starts in September – The Parliament Magazine

Mairead McGuinness, a Vice-President of Parliament, wants the Council to draw up its position on the planned conference “as soon as possible.”

EU State aid decisions

27/07: State aid: Commission approves € 866 million Czech scheme to support businesses affected by coronavirus outbreak – European Commission 

23/07: State aid: Commission approves €2.6 billion Polish scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak – European Commission 

Recent studies 

EAO - Copyright licensing rules in the European Union - August 2020MUSO - Has the displaced cinema audience become the new piracy audience? – June 2020 

Events

31 August: European Parliament CULT Committee meeting

1 September: European Parliament ITRE Committee meeting

2 September: European Parliament IMCO Committee meeting

2 September: European Parliament JURI Committee meeting

8 September: Digital Services Act consultation deadline

10 September: Copyright Article 17 consultation deadline

14 September: European Parliament Plenary session, Strasbourg

17 September: European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) advisory board video-conference

06-08-2020

UNIC policy update 20/07/2020

EU Summit – Recovery plan & Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-27

15/07: "A deal is essential. Now is the time" - Invitation letter by President Charles Michel to the members of the European Council ahead of their meeting on 17-18 July 2020 – Council of the EU

20/07: Special European Council: “There is much goodwill.” – EU2020DE

The Special European Council has once again been extended, with EU heads of state and government continuing their talks in Brussels on Monday. The focus remains on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the recovery fund to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 - Creative & cultural sectors

17/07: Open letter: A call to invest in all our creative futures - UNIC website

On 14 July, an open letter from by 45 European celebrated cultural figures was published ahead of the crucial EU leaders' meeting on the EU budget and recovery plan taking place from 18-18 July.

EU Summer 2020 Economic Forecast

07/07: Summer 2020 Economic Forecast: An even deeper recession with wider divergences – European Commission

The EU economy will experience a deep recession this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, despite the swift and comprehensive policy response at both EU and national levels. Because the lifting of lockdown measures is proceeding at a more gradual pace than assumed in our Spring Forecast, the impact on economic activity in 2020 will be more significant than anticipated.

Taxation

15/07: Fair and Simple Taxation: Commission proposes new package of measures to contribute to Europe's recovery and growth – European Commission

The European Commission has adopted an ambitious new Tax Package to ensure that EU tax policy supports Europe's economic recovery and long-term growth. The Package is built on the twin pillars of fairness and simplicity. Fair taxation remains a top priority for the European Commission, as a means of protecting public revenues, which will play an important role for the EU's economic recovery in the short-run and prosperity in the long-run.

15/07: The General Court of the European Union annuls the decision taken by the Commission regarding the Irish tax rulings in favour of Apple - CJEU

EU Platform to Business Regulation

10/07: New EU rules and guidance for a fairer online economy – European Commission

The Commission publishes a set of resources to help traders, online platforms and search engines get the most out of the new Platform to Business rules, which apply from this Sunday, 12 July. In addition, three progress reports prepared by the expert group for the Observatory on the Online Platform Economy are published for feedback. The reports will inform the broader work of the Commission on online platforms and in particular on the upcoming Digital Services Act package.

EU State Aid decisionsEU State Aid decisions

08/07: State aid: Commission approves German fund to enable up to €500 billion of liquidity and capital support to enterprises affected by the coronavirus outbreak – European Commission
08/07: State aid: Commission approves €6.2 billion Italian grants scheme to support small businesses and self-employed affected by coronavirus outbreak – European Commission
06/07: State aid: Commission approves Latvian fund to enable €100 million of liquidity and capital support to large enterprises affected by the coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

Events

17-20 July: EU Council Summit (EXTENDED)8 September: Digital Services Act consultation deadline

20-07-2020

UNIC policy update 07/07/2020

COVID-19 - Cultural & creative sectors

22/06: Long-term EU budget: MEPs slam cuts to culture and education – European Parliament

The Culture and Education Committee criticised the cuts to education and cultural programmes made by the Commission in its new proposal for the 2021-2027 budget.

03/07: European Cultural Creators Friendship Group Manifesto – Cultural Creators Friendship Group (CCFG)

The group of 15 deputies, formed in February after the failure of the culture intergroup, published its manifesto on July 1. Adopted on June 3, it includes the promise of legislative proposals to better protect creators.

01/07: Open Letter to the EU Commission and the Member States, demanding support for the Cultural and Creative Sectors, particularly cultural creators, affected by the COVID-19 crisis - Cultural Creators Friendship Group (CCFG)

COVID-19 - EU response

02/07: Statement by President von der Leyen on reaching a swift and ambitious agreement on the European recovery package – European Commission

‘Reaching a swift and ambitious agreement on the European recovery package is the EU's highest priority for the coming weeks’, says in the statement.

30/06: Financing the recovery must not burden the next generation – European Parliament

Ahead of the start of the German Council Presidency and of the 17 July European Council, Budgets Committee Chair Van Overtveldt set out Parliament’s position on the long-term EU budget.

02/07: Investment Plan for Europe exceeds €500 billion investment target ahead of time – European Commission

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group have delivered on their pledge to mobilise €500 billion in investment under the Investment Plan for Europe. Some 1,400 operations have been approved under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), using a budget guarantee from the European Union and own resources from the EIB Group. They are expected to trigger close to €514 billion in additional investment across EU countries and to benefit some 1.4 million small and mid-sized companies.

01/07: Commission launches Youth Employment Support: a bridge to jobs for the next generation – European Commission

The Youth Employment Support package is built around four strands that together provide a bridge to jobs for the next generation: a reinforced youth guarantee, vocational education and training, a renewed impetus for apprenticeship, additional measures to support oyuth employment.

02/07: State aid: Commission prolongs EU State aid rules and adopts targeted adjustments to mitigate impact of coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

The European Commission has prolonged the validity of certain State aid rules which would otherwise expire at the end of 2020. In this context, and to take the effects of the current crisis into due consideration, the Commission, after consulting Member States, has decided to make certain targeted adjustments to the existing rules with a view to mitigate the economic and financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak on companies.

29/06: State aid: Commission expands Temporary Framework to further support micro, small and start-up companies and incentivise private investments – European Commission

The amendment extends the Temporary Framework to enable Member States to provide public support under the Temporary Framework to all micro and small companies, even if they were already in financial difficulty on 31 December 2019.

EU Digital Services Act (DSA)

30/06: Digital Services Act – deepening the internal market and clarifying responsibilities for digital services: Feedback from Google – European Commission

Google welcomes the opportunity to submit feedback to the Commission’s Inception Impact Assessment.

EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)

03/07: Commission takes further steps to promote European audiovisual works and protect vulnerable viewers – European Commission

The Commission adopted guidelines to help Member States implement the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive. The guidelines will offer a practical tool to ensure the promotion of European works in media content, thereby supporting cultural diversity and greater choice for European consumers. They will also help better protect users of video-on-demand and video-sharing platforms, particularly minors, against hate speech and harmful content.

Events:

7 July: Press conference by Commissioner Paolo GENTILONI on the Summer Forecast

8-10 July: European Parliament Plenary sitting, Brussels

8 July: CW! Meeting with Vice-President Vestager’s Cabinet

9 July: TBC new EU Council budgetary proposal

9 July: EUROGROUP video conference

10 July: Video conference of economic and financial affairs ministers

15 July: Postponed CJEU opinion on the YouTube copyright case

15/07: Audiovisual working group (Council)

15/07: AV coalition meeting with Commissioner Breton's cabinet

17-18 July: EU Council Summit

8 September: Digital Services Act consultation deadline

07-07-2020

UNIC policy update 25/06/2020

COVID-19 - Cultural & creative sectors

18/06: Investing in Europe’s next generation by investing in culture – UNIC

As the EU has started discussing the proposed recovery plan, 99 organisations from across Europe’s cultural and creative sectors are uniting their voices to alert EU leaders: our sector needs strong and systemic support measures to recover from this crisis.

08/06: Cinemas, COVID-19 and the EU Recovery Plan – UNIC blog

With the cinema sector one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis, it’s crucial that both European and national decisionmakers put the industry front and centre in terms of support mechanisms and funding opportunities.

COVID-19 - EU response

19/06: Sassoli calls for action on recovery: "Our citizens expect bold action" – European Parliament

Parliament President David Sassoli urged EU leaders to take action on Europe’s recovery in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. Sassoli addressed heads of state and government at the start of a video conference of the European Council on 19 June to discuss the recovery plan and the EU’s next long-term budget.

19/06: COVID-19: Easing rules to encourage banks to lend to companies and households – European Parliament

On 18 June, Plenary approved the “quick fix” to the capital requirement regulation (CRR) to temporarily ensure favourable conditions for banks. This will support credit flows to companies and households and absorb losses, mitigating the economic consequences of the COVID-19 lock-down.

09/06: Q&A : Next Generation EU - Legal Construction – European Commission

08/06: Coronavirus: EU grants €314 million to innovative companies to combat the virus and support recovery – European Commission

The Commission announced that it has awarded nearly €166 million, via the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator Pilot, to 36 companies set to combat the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, over €148 million will be granted to another 36 companies set to contribute to the recovery plan for Europe, bringing the total investment from Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme, to €314 million in this round.

European Parliament Plenary

17/06: Speech by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary on the preparations for the European Council of 19 June 2020, and the negotiations for a new partnership with the United Kingdom – European Commission

EU Digital Services Act (DSA)

05/06: Amendments on JURI DSA Draft Report (1-229 & 230-490) – European Parliament

Conference on the Future of Europe

18/06: Conference on Future of Europe should start “as soon as possible in autumn 2020” – European Parliament

Parliament urges the Council to “promptly come forward with a position on the format and organisation of the Conference” for citizens’ voices to be heard.

Events:

26 June: United for a new Future – Creatives Unite conference

1 July: Start of the German Presidency of the EU

15 July: Postponed CJEU opinion on the YouTube copyright case

Recent studies:

PEC - Digital Culture - Consumer Tracking Study (Wave 4 of 6) - May 2020 
Renaissance numérique - Réguler les plateforms numériques: Pourquoi? Comment? - May 2020

 

25-06-2020

UNIC policy update 12/06/2020

CineEurope

CineEurope online edition will take place on 17 & 18 June - CineEurope

CineEurope’s special online edition will take place on 17 & 18 June. The full programme can be found here. Some of the seminars lined up include an executive roundtable on “The Future of the Global Cinema Sector: Preparing for the New Normal”, a presentation on “Cinema's Strength...And the Way Back” and a very timely session on post-pandemic technologies. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit a virtual Trade Show floor and engage with the companies there.  In addition, European and Hollywood studios and talents will join the convention with special messages and some surprises.  The deadline for registrations is June 15.

COVID-19 - EU Recovery Plan & MFF 2021-2027

03/06: EU budget: Commission takes steps to make €11.5 billion available for crisis repair and recovery in 2020 - European Commission

The Commission has proposed modifications to its budget for 2020 to make €11.5 billion for crisis repair and recovery available already in 2020. Once available, the funds will go to help the regions most in need, support businesses and those in need outside EU borders.

05/06: Digital priorities for future of EU – EU2020HR

Meeting at their second informal video conference, telecommunications ministers held a policy debate on the EU’s digital priorities in the post COVID-19 era.

02/06: Statement by Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič at the press conference on sectoral MFF 2021–2027 proposal by the European Commission – European Commission

02/06: The EU’s long-term budget explained – European Parliament

How is the EU funded and what is the money used for? Read on to understand what the EU long-term budget is and how it is decided.

Accessibility

08/06: Parliament calls for a new ambitious EU Disability Strategy – European Parliament

As the current EU Disability Strategy comes to an end, Parliament is calling on the European Commission for an ambitious post-2020 strategy. Discover its priorities.

Events

15 June: The Commission to propose MFF Contingency Plan

17 & 18 June: CineEurope online

17-19 June: EP Plenary session

19 June: European Council to discuss the Recovery Fund and Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF)

23 June: EAO Advisory Board members take part in a Q&A for the virtual Marché du Film

1 July: start of the German Presidency of the EU

15 July: Postponed CJEU opinion on the YouTube copyright case

15-06-2020

UNIC policy update 29/05/2020

COVID-19 - EU response

19/05: EU Ministers of Culture and Audiovisual discussed the impact of COVID-19 crisis on the cultural and creative sectors – EU2020HR

The videoconference focused on the consequences that the COVID-19 crisis continues to have on the cultural and creative sectors. The ministers shared their plans regarding next steps that should be taken in the context of re-opening of cultural venues and restart of artistic events and productions.

20/05: European Semester Spring Package: Recommendations for a coordinated response to the coronavirus pandemic – European Commission

The Commission has proposed today country-specific recommendations (CSRs) providing economic policy guidance to all EU Member States in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, focused on the most urgent challenges brought about by the pandemic and on relaunching sustainable growth.

Remarks from Vice-President Dombrovskis & Commissioner Gentiloni.

18/05: Covid-19: the EU plan for the economic recovery – European Parliament

The EU is preparing massive investments to support people and businesses as Europe battles a deep economic recession due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

19/05: COVID-19: Council adopts temporary support to mitigate unemployment risks in an emergency (SURE) – Council of the EU

The Council today adopted SURE, a temporary scheme which can provide up to €100 billion of loans under favourable terms to member states. The instrument enables member states to request EU financial support to help finance the sudden and severe increases of national public expenditure, as from 1 February 2020, related to national short-time work schemes and similar measures, including for self-employed persons, or to some health-related measures, in particular at the work place in response to the crisis.

Digital Services Act

/05: The legal framework for e-commerce in the Internal Market – EP Research Service

The study presents an overview of the current state of play in the area of e-commerce. It discusses the existing legislative framework of the Digital Single Market as well as the technology driven changes of market and economy that have taken place over the last twenty years. The analysis identifies areas prone to producing a positive reaction to legislative intervention.

EU Eastern Partnership policy

11/05: Eastern Partnership policy beyond 2020: Council approves conclusions – Council of the EU

The Council approved conclusions on the Eastern Partnership policy beyond 2020, reaffirming its strategic importance, and the joint commitment to building a common area of shared democracy, prosperity and stability.

Events

17 & 18 June: CineEurope Online convention – Registration is open

May/June: EU public consultation on Digital Services Act (postponed)

15 July: Postponed CJEU opinion on the YouTube copyright case

Recent Studies

Renaissance numérique - Réguler les plateforms numériques: Pourquoi? Comment? - May 2020
OECD - Evaluating the impact of COVID-19 containment measures on economic activity - April 2020
EAO - Admissions to European films outside Europe dropped by 15% in 2018 due to lack of European blockbusters in China - March 2020

01-06-2020

UNIC policy update 12/05/2020

COVID-19 - EU response

04/05: COVID-19: Save European culture and values, MEPs tell Commission – European Parliament

In their discussion with Commissioners Mariya Gabriel and Thierry Breton, Culture and Education Committee MEPs stressed that the damage to the cultural and creative sector – especially for small businesses and individual actors – meant “more than just jobs being lost”. Rebuilding the hard-hit cultural and media sectors in post-COVID-19 Europe must be a major objective in the EU’s recovery plan.

04/05:  Long-term EU budget: MEPs demand safety net for beneficiaries – European Parliament

The current health crisis compels us to tackle the risk of the next long-term EU budget not coming into force on 1 January 2021 with even more urgency, MEPs say.

06/05: Sassoli to EU institutions: “Be brave on EU recovery plan” – European Parliament

Statement by President Sassoli on the EU recovery plan, which will be anchored to the next Multiannual EU budget

05/05: Recovery plan and demographic challenges in the spotlight at the meeting of Employment and Social Policy Ministers – EU 2020 HR

EU Employment and Social Policy Ministers discussed the economic recovery plan and the demographic challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic in the videoconference organised by the Croatian Presidency.

05/05: COVID-19: Council greenlights €3 billion assistance package to support neighbouring partners – Council of the EU

The EU ambassadors endorsed a Commission proposal to provide up to 3 billion euros of macro-financial assistance to ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners to help them cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

07/05: Main results of the EU-Western Balkans Zagreb summit – EU 2020 HR

EU leaders agreed on the Zagreb declaration, which focused on the future relations and cooperation to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

04/05: Eurogroup President on Europe's economic recovery – interview with five European papers – Council of the EU

EU Spring Economic Forecast

06/05: Spring 2020 Economic Forecast: A deep and uneven recession, an uncertain recovery – European Commission
Growth projections for the EU and euro area have been revised down by around nine percentage points compared to the Autumn 2019 Economic Forecast.
Remarks from Commissioner Gentiloni available here.

Digital Services Act (DSA)

/05: Reform of the EU liability regime for online intermediaries: Background on the forthcoming digital services act – European Parliament Research Service

/04: Study requested by IMCO: New aspects and challenges in consumer protection – Digital services and artificial intelligence – European Parliament

30/04: Making the Digital Services Act work for consumers: BEUC’s recommendations - BEUC

Events

May: Commission to present Coronavirus recovery plan (delayed)

Mid-May: EU consultation on Digital Services Act postponed

13-15 May: European Parliament Plenary

18 May: Commissioner Breton takes part in European Parliament IMCO meeting

15 July: Postponed CJEU opinion on the YouTube copyright case

12-05-2020

UNIC policy update 29/04/2020

COVID-19 - Cultural & Creative Sectors

UNIC is collecting detailed information on the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on the cinema industry across the 38 territories it represents – please see public version here.

The research includes detailed information on national closure processes, support mechanisms, measures relating to employment, taxation, rent and related costs, campaigns and opening strategies.

21/04: UNIC welcomes the new resolution adopted by the EU Parliament - UNIC

In an extraordinary Plenary held on 16 and 17 April in Brussels, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the EU coordinated action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences. The resolution, among others, makes two direct references to the creative and cultural sectors having suffered from the impact of the crisis.

21/04: EU funds must reach media and creative sector, say MEPs – European Parliament

The European Union must do more to help those struggling sectors to get back on their feet, stress the members of the European Parliament’s Culture and Education Committee, in a letter to Commissioners Thierry Breton and Mariya Gabriel.

17/04: “Creative communities and governments need to act urgently to address the impact of Covid-19” a ResiliArt debate organised by UNESCO and CISAC heard – CISAC

CISAC joined forces with UNESCO to hold an inaugural “ResiliArt” debate on April 15th to mobilise the creative community and governments in responding to the Covid-19 crisis.   A panel of renowned creators, led by CISAC President Jean-Michel Jarre, discussed the devastating impact on culture, the need for unity among creators and the urgency of government strategies in responding.

COVID-19 – EU

21/04: More ambition needed for EU recovery instruments, says majority of MEPs – European Parliament

During the hearing in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, numerous MEPs called for stronger measures to be put forward, arguing that the ones currently on the table consisted mostly of loans which would leave those countries most hit by the Coronavirus heavily indebted and increase economic divergence in the Eurozone.

24/04: Speech of Commissioner Breton at the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy – European Commission

24/04: Von der Leyen announces Global Response and calls for united world front against coronavirus – European Commission

The European Union will spare no effort to help the world come together against coronavirus, said Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, at the joint press conference with a number of world leaders, which the World Health Organization hosted on 24 April.
Statement here. Q&A here.

EU Council Summit

23/04: Conclusions of the President of the European Council following the video conference of the members of the European Council, 23 April 2020 – Council of the EU

EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027

27/04: Q&A on the EU's long-term budget (Multiannual Financial Framework, MFF) – European Parliament

Slovakia

24/04: Commission supports Slovakia’s cultural industries – European Commission

The European Commission has been providing tailor-made strategic advice to Slovakia through the Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP) to support the development of cultural industries and foster their contribution to Slovakia’s economy.

Latvia

Riga Municipality Allocates Money for Riga Film Fund – Film New Europe

The Riga Municipality has allocated 800,000 EUR for the Riga Film Fund in its 2020 budget. The funds will be available for foreign and national coproductions shot in Latvia.

Events:

29-30 April: Commissioner Dombrovskis Participates in the videoconference of the ECB Governing Council
30 April: Commissioner Thierry Breton holds a videoconference with members of the European Digital Rights
6 May: Commission to present Coronavirus recovery plan
Mid-May: EU consultation on Digital Services Act postponed
15 July: Postponed CJEU opinion on the YouTube copyright case

29-04-2020

UNIC policy update 14/04/2020

COVID-19 & AV sector

UNIC is collecting detailed information on the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on the cinema industry across the 38 territories it represents – please see public version here

The research includes detailed information on national closure processes, support mechanisms, measures relating to employment, taxation, rent and related costs. as well as a selection of key box office figures shared by Comscore.

07/04: Global Cinema Federation Calls for Unity and Support – Global Cinema Federation

The Global Cinema Federation is committed to working with national and international institutions and partners through the weeks and months to come to ensure that cinemas survive this testing time and once again become the vibrant home of culture and community that they always have been.

08/04: Joint Film and Audiovisual Sector COVID-19 Statement - UNIC

The film and audiovisual sector in Europe calls for urgent action by EU and Member State decision-makers to safeguard the future of the sector in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, following in the footsteps of initial emergency measures announced at national level, including by film funds and other bodies.

European Commission

06/04: Coronavirus: Commission and European Investment Fund (part of EIB Group) unlock €8 billion in finance for 100,000 small and medium-sized businesses – European Commission

The European Commission has unlocked €1 billion from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) that will serve as a guarantee to the European Investment Fund (EIF), part of the European Investment Bank Group. This will allow the EIF to issue special guarantees to incentivise banks and other lenders to provide liquidity to at least 100,000 European SMEs and small mid-cap companies hit by the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, for an estimated available financing of €8 billion.

09/04: Coronavirus: Commission Statement on consulting Member States on proposal to further expand State aid Temporary Framework to recapitalisation measures – European Commission

The European Commission has sent to Member States for consultation a draft proposal to further extend the scope of the State aid Temporary Framework adopted on 19 March 2020 to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.

09/04: Remarks by Commissioner Gentiloni at the Eurogroup press conference – European Commission

08/04: Coronavirus: Commission invites Member States to prolong restriction on non-essential travel to the EU until 15 May – European Commission

The Commission invited Schengen Member States and Schengen Associated States to prolong the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU until 15 May. The experience of Member States and other countries exposed to the pandemic shows the measures applied to fight the spread of the virus require more than 30 days to be effective.

European Parliament

08/04: Sassoli to EU governments: Rise to the challenge. Find new shared ways to finance our recovery – European Parliament

14/04: MEPs to discuss how to better protect consumers in times of COVID-19 – European Parliament

The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee will discuss EU measures to protect consumers and safeguard their rights with Commissioner Didier Reynders.

Council of the EU

09/04: Report on the comprehensive economic policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic – Council of the EU

The report includes the coordinated actions taken so far at the level of the Member States, the EU and the euro area and additional crisis response instruments to prepare the ground for the recovery.

08/04: COVID-19: Council gives go-ahead to further use of cohesion resources – Council of the EU

EU ambassadors agreed the Council’s position on a second package of measures in less than a month aimed at freeing up more money from EU structural funds for crisis-related operations. Given the unprecedented challenges facing member states, the proposed changes were endorsed without amendment in order to speed up the legislative process.

Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU

08/04: Ministers of Culture and Media discussed measures aimed at assisting the cultural and creative sector – EU 2020 HR

Ministers of culture at a video conference examined the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemia on the cultural and creative sector and discussed possible measures for mitigating negative effects of the crisis.

Events:

14 April: Commissioner Gabriel participates in a videoconference with EPP members of the European Parliament's Culture and Education Committee

14 April: Extraordinary IMCO Committee meeting

15 April: President von der Leyen to present an update on EU’s Coronavirus exit strategy

15 April: Commissioner Gabriel participates in a high-level videoconference with chief scientific advisors, ministers and leaders of international partners on COVID-19

15 April: Commissioner Kyriakides participates in a videoconference of the informal EPSCO Council organised by the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU

16 April: Commissioner Kyriakides participates in a videoconference of the G7 Health Ministerial Coordination Meeting on COVID-19 developments

16 April: High-level videoconference of Foreign Affairs Ministers

16 April: High-level videoconference of Economics & Finance Ministers

16-17 April: European Parliament Plenary 

19 April: Commissioner Kyriakides participates in a teleconference of the G20 Health Ministers

20-21 April: European Parliament JURI Committee meeting, Brussels

Postponed IMCO reports – please see here

23 April: EUROGROUP meeting to discuss EU economic recovery package and exit plan

15 July: Postponed CJEU opinion on the YouTube copyright case

14-04-2020

UNIC policy update 31/03/2020

COVID-19 - Cultural and creative industries/AV sector

24/03: UNIC urges national government support for European cinemas during COVID-19 crisis – UNIC

The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) called on national governments to do all they can in the weeks and months to come to ensure that European cinemas are able to survive and overcome the unprecedented challenges that they face.

27/03: COVID-19 impact on culture: new funds must reach creative sectors immediately – European Parliament

The Chair of EP Committee on Culture and Education warns that the cultural and creative sectors have been ravaged by the impact of stringent public health measures.

26/03: Authors’ organisations joint statement on COVID-19 crisis - FERA

As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages our societies, including the cultural and creative sectors, authors’ organizations stand in solidarity with all those affected by the virus and \support measures taken to contain it.

COVID-19 – EU

28/03: Factsheet: EU Coronavirus response – overview – European Commission

26/03: COVID-19: Parliament approves crucial EU support measures – European Parliament

As part of the EU’s joint response to the COVID-19 outbreak, MEPs almost unanimously adopted three urgent proposals in an extraordinary plenary session.

26/03: Joint statement of the members of the European Council, 26 March 2020 – Council of the EU

Following the informal video conference on 26 March 2020, the members of the European Council adopted a statement on the EU actions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, EU enlargement, the earthquake in Croatia and the situation at the EU's external borders.

27/03: Coronavirus: Commission Statement on consulting Member States on the proposal to extend State aid Temporary Framework – European Commission

The European Commission has sent to Member States for consultation a draft proposal to extend the State aid Temporary Framework adopted on 19 March 2020 to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.

28/03: Statement from Commission President von der Leyen on proposals to fight the economic effects of the coronavirus crisis – European Commission

The European Council tasked the Eurogroup to come up with proposals within the next weeks. The Commission will participate in these discussions and stands ready to assist, if supported by the Eurogroup. This is required since the fiscal space for new instruments is limited as we are in the last year of the MFF.

20/03: Coronavirus: Commission proposes to activate fiscal framework's general escape clause to respond to pandemic – European Commission

The Commission proposes the activation of the general escape clause of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) as part of its strategy to respond quickly, forcefully and in a coordinated manner to the coronavirus pandemic.

State aid

25/03: State aid: Commission approves Italian State guarantee scheme to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

24/03: State aid: Commission approves €20 billion Spanish guarantee schemes for companies and self-employed affected by coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

24/03: State aid: Commission approves German direct grant scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

24/03: State aid: Commission approves German guarantee measure to further support economy in coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

25/03: State aid: Commission approves UK schemes to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

25/03: State aid: Commission approves €1.3 billion Danish scheme to compensate self-employed for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

23/03: State aid: Commission approves state support for €250 million Latvian subsidised loan scheme and loan guarantee scheme for companies affected by coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

21/03: State aid: Commission approves French schemes to support economy in Coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

Events

30 March - 5 April: European Media Literacy Week

2 April: Draft IMCO Report on “Strengthening the Single Market: the future of free movement of services” to translation (MEP Lokkegaard)

3 April: Draft IMCO Report on “Digital Services Act – Improving the functioning of the Single Market” to translation (MEP Saliba)

20-21 April: European Parliament JURI Committee meeting, Brussels

5 May: Deadline for amendments, Draft IMCO Report on “Digital Services Act – Improving the functioning of the Single Market” (MEP Saliba)

5 May: Deadline for amendments, Draft IMCO Report on “Strengthening the Single Market: the future of free movement of services” (MEP Lokkegaard)

14 July:  Committee vote, Draft IMCO Report on “Strengthening the Single Market: the future of free movement of services” (MEP Lokkegaard)

14 July: Committee vote, Draft IMCO Report on “Digital Services Act – Improving the functioning of the Single Market” (MEP Saliba)

15 July: Postponed CJEU opinion on the YouTube copyright case

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