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 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

01-04-2020

UNIC policy update 17/03/2020

Coronavirus

10/03: Coronavirus: MEPs call for solidarity among EU member states – European Parliament

Parliament discussed the COVID-19 outbreak with the Commission and the Croatian presidency last week, underlining the need to slow down the spread across Europe.

13/03: COVID-19: Commission sets out European coordinated response to counter the economic impact of the Coronavirus* - European Commission

The Commission presented an immediate response to mitigate the socio-economic impact of  the COVID-19 outbreak, centred on a European coordinated response.

13/03: European Coordinated Response on Coronavirus: Questions and Answers – European Commission

12/03: State aid: Commission approves €12 million Danish scheme to compensate damages caused by cancellations of large public events due to COVID-19 outbreak – European Commission

The European Commission has found a DKK 91 million (€12 million) Danish aid scheme to compensate organisers for the damage suffered due to the cancellation of large events with more than 1,000 participants due to the COVID-19 outbreak to be in line with EU State aid rules.

13/03: Parliament mobilised to channel EU funds to those affected by Coronavirus pandemic – European Parliament

The Regional Development Committee is ready to find the most efficient way possible to allow the Corona Response Investment Initiative to be adopted and swiftly implemented.

13/03: Corona virus: Consequences for Creative Europe programme and related activities – European Commission

Important notification regarding the Creative Europe Programme and the measures to contain the Corona virus.

EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027

11/03: Long-term budget: EU needs proper funding to tackle crises, say MEPs – European Parliament

The EU should have the financial means to tackle challenges such as coronavirus or migration, said MEPs in a plenary debate on the EU long-term budget.

Recent Studies:

EAO - Admissions to European films outside Europe dropped by 15% in 2018 due to lack of European blockbusters in China - March 2020

UK IPO - Online Copyright Infringement Tracker - February 2020

EAO - Artificial Intelligence in the audiovisual industry - February 2020

EAO - Territoriality and financing of audiovisual works: latest developments - February 2020

O&O - The impact of potential changes to European geo-blocking regulation on sport - January 2020

18-03-2020

UNIC policy update 13/02/2020

EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027

07/02: Long-term EU budget: The Union’s ambitions must be matched with sufficient reliable funding – European Parliament

EP negotiators for the post-2020 EU budget discussed their priorities with European Council President Charles Michel, ahead of a crucial plenary debate on the budget next week.

08/02: Plenković with Michel: Croatia wants the MFF negotiations concluded during our Presidency – EU2020HR

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said he would do everything so that in the European Union's next seven-year budget Croatia was given appropriate cohesion funds, which he added were the driver of development and investment.

Geo-blocking

28/01: O&O report highlights important risks of a ban on geo-blocking for sport content – Sports Rights Owners Coalition (SROC)

Oliver & Ohlbaum Associates Ltd (“O&O”) have published a report on ‘The impact of potential changes to geo-blocking regulation on sport’, highlighting the risks of extending a ban on geo-blocking for sports content.

Antitrust

30/01: Antitrust: Commission fines NBCUniversal €14.3 million for restricting sales of film merchandise products – European Commission

The European Commission has fined several companies belonging to Comcast Corporation, including NBCUniversal LLC, (“NBCUniversal”) €14 327 000 for restricting traders from selling licensed merchandise within the European Economic Area (EEA) to territories and customers beyond those allocated to them. These restrictions concerned merchandise products featuring the Minions, Jurassic World and other images and characters from NBCUniversal's films.

European Commission

29/01: European Commission 2020 Work Programme: An ambitious roadmap for a Union that strives for more – European Commission

The European Commission adopted its 2020 Work Programme. It sets out the actions the Commission will take in 2020 to turn the Political Guidelines of President von der Leyen into tangible benefits for European citizens, businesses and society.

European Parliament

31/01: "A new dawn for Europe" - Op-ed article by EU Presidents – European Parliament

"A new dawn for Europe" - Op-ed article by Presidents David Sassoli, Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen

31/01: Redistribution of seats in the European Parliament after Brexit – European Parliament

As of 1 February, the number and distribution of seats in the Parliament changes following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

05/02: Our Inclusive Digital Europe : Leaving Nobody Behind, Offering Opportunity For Everyone – S&D Group

Position paper

/02: Renew Europe paper on Artificial Intelligence – Renew Europe Group

Position paper

Events

17-18 February: European Parliament ITRE Committee meeting, Brussels

17-18 February: European Parliament JURI Committee meeting, Brussels

17-18 February: European Parliament IMCO Committee meeting, Brussels

18 February: UNIC conference at the European Parliament, Brussels

19 February: Extraordinary ITRE & IMCO Committee meeting with Commissioner Breton on new initiatives in the digital sector, Brussels

19 February: European Commission communication on the Digital Single Market
 
19-20 February: European Parliament CULT Committee meeting, Brussels

20 February: European Council meeting on the long-term EU Budget 2021-2027, Brussels

24 March: Digital Services Act conference: A new rulebook for the digital economy?, Brussels

Studies

O&O - The impact of potential changes to European geo-blocking regulation on sport - January 2020

Göteborg Film Festival - Nostradamus Report 2020 - January 2020

13-02-2020

UNIC policy update 31/01/2020

EU Copyright Directive

/01: “Stakeholder dialogue” meetings on Article 17 of the DSM Directive – EAO Newsletter

In October and November 2019, the European Commission organised three “stakeholder dialogue” meetings, as required under Article 17(10) of the recently-enacted Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. These meetings were aimed at discussing best practices for cooperation between online content-sharing service providers and rightsholders.

EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027

25/01: Invitation letter by President Charles Michel to the members of the European Council ahead of their meeting on 20 February 2020 – Council of the EU

Digital taxation

21/01: Croatian presidency ready to prepare negotiations on digital taxation – EU2020HR

The first Economic and Financial Affairs Council under Croatian Presidency was held today in Brussels. The ministers discussed digital taxation, and financial and economic aspects of the European Green Deal.

Council of the EU

23/01: Croatian Presidency outlines priorities to EP committees – European Parliament

Ministers are outlining the priorities of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings.

European Commission

27/01: (Document) The European Commission’s 2020 work programme – Contexte (Article FR)

Context publishes a preparatory version of the list of legislative texts and other initiatives planned by the von der Leyen Commission for its first year.

European Parliament

15/01: Number of members in Parliament’s committees to change after Brexit – European Parliament

MEPs voted on the post-Brexit size of Parliament’s 20 committees and two subcommittees.

EU Digital Services Act

15/01: Digital Services Act: adapting commercial and civil law rules for commercial entities operating online – European Parliament Legislative Observatory

16/01: Digital Services Act: Improving the functioning of the Single Market – European Parliament Legislative Observatory

16/01: Digital Services Act and fundamental rights issues posed – European Parliament Legislative Observatory

13/01: What the EU Should Put in the Digital Services Act – Center for Data Innovation

Events

4 February: European Audiovisual Observatory conference – “TV and film production in Europe –
the state of independence?”, Brussels

4 February: Seminar: "Towards a more effective copyright enforcement on digital content sharing platforms: State of the art and proposals on Automated Content Recognition services”, Permanent Representation of France to the EU, Brussels

5 February: S&D Group JURI workshop on the civil liability regime for Artificial Intelligence, Brussels

10 February (TBC): Sixth European Commission copyright stakeholders’ dialogue, Brussels 

18 February: UNIC conference at the European Parliament, Brussels

19-20 February: European Parliament CULT Committee meeting, Brussels

24 March: Digital Services Act conference: A new rulebook for the digital economy?, Brussels

02-02-2020

UNIC policy update 16/01/2020

Copyright enforcement

09/01: European Commission steps up protection of European intellectual property in global markets – European Commission

The European Commission published the latest report on protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in third countries.

EU Digital Services Act (DSA)

07/01: EDiMA calls for a new Online Responsibility Framework - EDiMA

EDiMA, the voice of the leading internet companies and the most popular internet products in Europe, is calling on the European Commission to introduce a new Online Responsibility Framework. This framework will help internet companies to respond to the growing demands to do more to tackle illegal content online.

European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO)

10/01: European Audiovisual Observatory rings in its new Moroccan Presidency for 2020! - EAO

The Strasbourg-based Observatory is part of the Council of Europe and has been providing facts and figures on the film, television and video industries in Europe since 1992. The Observatory’s yearly rotating presidency changes every January. In 2019 the Presidency was held by Italy.

Digital taxation

18/12: Parliament keeps up pressure to tax digital economy more fairly – European Parliament

MEPs press EU to engage fully in international efforts to tax the digital economy, while still being prepared to act at EU level if global plans fail.

Sustainability

23/12: Circular economy – new action plan to increase recycling and reuse of products in the EU – European Commission

The new action plan is meant to speed up the EU’s transition towards a circular economy.

Council of the EU

27/12: The Programme of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union adopted today – EU 2020 HR

Croatia took over the rotating Council Presidency from Finland on 1 January 2020. For the next six months, the country wants to focus on sustainable development, a networked economy, safety and positioning Europe as a global leader.

European Capital of Cultures

03/01: 2020 European Capitals of Culture: Rijeka and Galway – European Commission

As of 1 January 2020, Rijeka (Croatia) and Galway (Ireland) will hold the title of European Capital of Culture for one year.

Events

20-21 January: CULT Committee meeting, Brussels
22-23 January: ITRE Committee meeting, Brussels
22-23 January: IMCO Committee meeting, Brussels
4 February: European Audiovisual Observatory conference – “TV and film production in Europe – the state of independence?”, Brussels
10 February (TBC): Sixth European Commission copyright stakeholders’ dialogue, Brussels
18 February: Save the Date – UNIC conference at the European Parliament, Brussels

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