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 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

17-01-2020

UNIC policy update 19/12/2019

EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027

12/12: Prospective cuts to Erasmus+ and Creative Europe in EU long-term budget deeply worrying – European Parliament

Ahead of talks among EU leaders on the long-term budget in the European Council, the Chair of Culture and Education Committee, Sabine Verheyen (EPP, DE), issued a statement.

10/12: MFF: Commission’s plan “impossible to implement” with Finnish proposal – European Parliament

For Parliament’s negotiating team, the preliminary proposal by Finland's presidency of the Council for the next long-term budget of the EU would “condemn the European Union to failure”.

05/12: Useful information on the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) – European Parliament

Parliament's resolutions, press releases and factsheets available online about the MFF and the reform of the EU's Own Resources.

05/12: Finnish Presidency proposes greater EU investment in building a sustainable future – eu2019.fi

Finland’s Presidency has submitted its proposal for the next long-term EU budget, the multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2021–2027, to the member states. The proposal is a budget of €1 087 billion for the seven-year period, equal to 1.07% of the gross national income of the EU member states.

European Council

12/12: European Council meeting (12 December 2019) – Conclusions – EU Council

The document presents the conclusions adopted at the European Council meeting from 12 December 2019.

European Commission

/12: Cabinets of Commissioners – EU Who is Who

04/12: Opening remarks by President von der Leyen at the read-out of the first College meeting of the von der Leyen Commission – European Commission

03/12: [Document] List of agenda points for upcoming Commission meetings – European Commission

European Parliament

04/12: Cristian-Silviu Buşoi elected Chair of the ITRE Committee – ITRE Committee

Mr Cristian-Silviu Buşoi is the new Chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, elected on 4 December 2019.

Events

16-19 December: European Parliament Plenary Session, Strasbourg 

1 January: Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU enters into office

9 January: JURI Committee meeting, Brussels

16 February: Fifth European Commission copyright stakeholders’ dialogue, Brussels  

20-21 January: CULT Committee meeting, Brussels 

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

18 February: Save the Date – UNIC conference at the European Parliament, Brussels

20-12-2019

UNIC policy update 05/12/2019

Copyright enforcement

27/11: Illegal IPTV in the European Union: Research on online business models infringing intellectual property rights (Phase 3) – EUIPO

The report estimates EUR 941.7 million of unlawful revenue was generated by copyright infringing IPTV providers in the EU in 2018 and that these services were used by 13.7 million people in the EU (3.6 % of the EU-28 population).

EU Budget

18/11: EU Budget 2020 deal: Investing more in climate action, youth and research – European Parliament

MEPs have obtained better support for climate action, research, SMEs and the young in next year’s EU budget, after a second round of talks with Council.

18/11: Agreement on EU budget for 2020: Tackling climate change and delivering on other EU priorities – European Commission

The three EU institutions agreed on the EU's budget for 2020. This will allow the EU to focus its resources on the priorities that matter to citizens: climate change, jobs, young people, security and solidarity in the EU. 

25/11: EU budget for 2020: Council endorses deal with Parliament – Council of the EU

The Council approved the deal reached with the European Parliament on the 2020 EU budget. If the agreement is also confirmed by the Parliament, the EU budget for 2020 is adopted. 

European Commission

25/11: Council adopts new list of Commissioner candidates – Council of the EU

The Council adopted a new list of persons whom it proposes for appointment as members of the Commission until 31 October 2024.

27/11: Parliament elects the von der Leyen Commission – European Parliament

Following the conclusion of the hearings process, Parliament approved the new Commissioners, presented to plenary by Commission President-elect von der Leyen.

European People’s Party

20/11: Donald Tusk overwhelmingly elected European People’s Party President – EPP

The European People’s Party Congress has overwhelmingly elected Donald Tusk as the EPP President with 491 in favour (93%) and 37 against.

European Cinema Night 2019

29/11: European Cinema Night 2019: free screenings showcase the best of European film – European Commission

The second edition of the European Cinema Night, an event celebrating the best of European film by offering free screenings, is taking place from 2 to 6 December in cinemas across the EU.

Events:

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

05-12-2019

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.

Events

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

24-11-2019

UNIC policy update 07/11/2019

European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)

29/10: The Observatory launches two major studies on how SMEs and young Europeans perceive IP - EUIPO

The two EU-wide studies focus on the perceptions of IP among European citizens and are the second editions of the IP SME Scoreboard and Youth Scoreboard series, which were first released by the EUIPO in 2016.

EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027

24/10: Prime Minister Rinne and President-elect of the Commission von der Leyen discuss the finalisation of the EU’s next financial framework – eu2019.fi

On 24 October, Prime Minister Antti Rinne and President-elect of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen met in Helsinki to discuss the finalisation of the next multiannual financial framework (MFF), i.e. the EU’s long-term budget (2021–2027), and the priorities of the next European Commission.

EU Copyright Directive

/10: Poland seeks annulment of Article 17 of the DSM Directive – EAO Newsletter

On 12 August 2019, Poland’s application to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) seeking annulment of a provision in the recently adopted Directive 2019/790 on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (DSM Directive) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The DSM Directive was adopted on 17 April 2019 and Poland’s action was brought on 24 May 2019. The application seeks annulment of two provisions under Article 17 of the DSM Directive concerning the liability of “online content-sharing service providers” for content uploaded by users.

Taxation

24/10: Get multinationals to disclose where they pay taxes, MEPs tell member states – European Parliament

MEPs adopted a resolution urging member states to work on long-overdue rules obliging multinationals to disclose what taxes they pay in each country.

European elections

29/10: Final turnout data for 2019 European elections announced – European Parliament

The official and final turnout of the 2019 European Elections is set at 50.66% (up 8.06 pp on 2014), following the publication all 28 final national turnout data.

Events

6-7 November: IMCO Committee meeting, Brussels

6-7 November: JURI Committee meeting, Brussels

11-12 November: ITRE Committee meeting, Brussels  

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

1 December: European Commission comes into office (TBC)

07-11-2019

UNIC policy update 23/10/2019

EU Budget 2021-2027

09/10: Communication: Time to decide on the Union’s financial framework for 2021-2027 – European Commission

The European Commission’s contribution to the European Council meeting on 17-18 October 2019

Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU

18/10: Finland presented work on implementation of EU Strategic Agenda – eu2019.fi

The European Council discussed the follow-up to the Strategic Agenda for 2019–2024 in Brussels on 18 October 2019. Finland is now the first presidency to integrate the priorities of the Agenda, adopted in June, into the Council’s practical work. Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne informed the EU leaders of the progress made in the implementation.

European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO)

09/10: The independence of media regulatory authorities in Europe - EAO

Europe’s main piece of media legislation – the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) – was recently revised and a new version entered into force last autumn. This new AVMSD introduces an obligation for EU member states to designate one or more independent national regulatory authorities to oversee the broadcasting and audiovisual media sector in Europe.

10/10: Just ahead of BREXIT deadline, UK once again named the largest audiovisual market in greater Europe – EAO

European Audiovisual Observatory publishes 2018 Data on Audiovisual Media Services in Europe from the Mavise Database.

Events:

24 October: Second Shadow Rapporteurs’ meeting, Creative Europe Programme, Brussels (TBC) 

4 November: UNIC/Europa Distribution/FERA/FIAD Screening, Brussels

4-5 November: CULT Committee meeting, Brussels

5 November: Second Copyright Stakeholders’ Dialogue, Brussels 

5-6 November: Voices of Culture Structured Dialogue on Gender Balance in the Cultural & Creative Sectors Dialogue Meeting with the European Commission, Brussels

6 November: Optional fourth technical interinstitutional meeting, Creative Europe Programme, Brussels 

6-7 November: IMCO Committee meeting, Brussels

6-7 November: JURI Committee meeting, Brussels

11-12 November: ITRE Committee meeting, Brussels  

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

1 December: European Commission comes into office (TBC)

Recent Studies:

EUIPO - IPR-intensive industries and economic performance in the European Union - September 2019

EAO - Amazon is the biggest buyer of EU films for SVOD release outside of Europe - September 2019

European Parliament - Research for CULT Committee - Culture and creative sectors in the
European Union – Key future developments, challenges and opportunities

23-10-2019

UNIC policy update 03/10/2019

European Parliament

17/09: Parliamentary leadership for the Digital Age – Parliament Magazine

MEPs will have to become more digitally literate than ever before if the EU is to maintain its digital leadership, writes Pilar del Castillo.

Digital Services Act

18/09: A Digital Roadmap for the next five years – Parliament Magazine

Europe’s policymakers should focus on encouraging tech firms and start-ups to be based here rather than seek confrontation, writes former ECR MEP Daniel Dalton

EU Terrorist Content Regulation

25/09: MEPs want internet firms to remove content promoting terrorism within an hour – European Parliament

On 24 September, Parliament's civil liberties committee backed the position agreed by the Parliament before May's European elections on new EU rules to tackle the dissemination of online content promoting terrorism and approved the mandate to begin discussions with EU ministers.

European Commission

10/09: How Parliament votes the European Commission into office (infographic) – European Parliament

MEPs will assess whether commissioner candidates can deliver on the challenges facing the EU in a series of public hearings.

27/09: Answers from Commissioners-designate to Parliament’s written questions – European Parliament

The Commissioners-designates’ answers to the written questions, posed by the Parliament’s committees, were received by Parliament.

27/09: Monday's commissioner hearings: Šefčovič, Hogan, Gabriel - European Parliament

Maroš Šefčovič (Slovakia), Phil Hogan (Ireland) and Mariya Gabriel (Bulgaria) are the first candidate commissioners who appeared in hearings at the Parliament on Monday 30 September.

Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU

26/09: High-level conference on gender equality: Finland wants to integrate gender equality more closely with The EU’s economic policy – eu2019.fi

Finland organised a high-level gender equality conference in Helsinki from 30 September to 1 October 2019 in the context of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The aim of the conference was to increase the dialogue between gender equality policy and economic policy and to strengthen gender equality in the EU’s decision-making.

Sustainability

20/09: Circular Plastics Alliance: 100+ signatories commit to use 10 million tons of recycled plastic in new products by 2025 - European Commission  

The declaration lays out how the alliance will reach the target of 10 million tons of recycled plastic used to make new products every year in Europe, by 2025. This target was set by the European Commission in its 2018 Plastics Strategy, as part of its efforts to boost plastics recycling in Europe.

Federation of European Film and TV Directors (FERA)

Members of the Federation of European Film and TV Directors (FERA) from 27 countries gathered in Bucharest, Romania on September 20 to 22nd for its annual General Assembly.

Events

8 October: Commissioner-designate Margrethe Vestager hearing (ITRE/IMCO/ECON), Brussels
30 September: Trilogue, Creative Europe Programme
30 September: Extraordinary JURI Committee meeting, Brussels
1 October: CULT Committee meeting, Brussels
8 October: IMCO Committee meeting, Brussels
15 October: First copyright stakeholder meeting
16 October: CICI lunch w/ Sabine Verheyen & EPP MEPs, Brussels
17 October: ITRE Committee meeting, Brussels
1 November: European Commission comes into office
4 November: UNIC/Europa Distribution/FERA/FIAD Screening, Brussels
5-6 November: Voices of Culture Structured Dialogue on Gender Balance in the Cultural & Creative Sectors Dialogue Meeting with the European Commission, Brussels

03-10-2019

UNIC policy update 20/09/2019

European Commission

10/09: The von der Leyen Commission: for a Union that strives for more – European Commission

President-elect Ursula von der Leyen presented her team and the new structure of the next European Commission.The new Commission will reflect the priorities and ambitions set out in the Political Guidelines.

Copyright enforcement

/09: IPR Enforcement Case-Law Collection - The liability and obligations of intermediary service providers in the European Union - EUIPO

This case-law collection provides an overview of the latest developments in this fast evolving area and of the main conclusions of selected cases including decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union and of national courts issued between 2016 and the beginning of 2019.

Competition

5/09: EU competition rules on horizontal agreements between companies – evaluation - European Commission

Feedback period open between 05 September 2019 - 03 October 2019 .

Events

24 September: CULT Committee meeting, European Parliament, Brussels

25 September: IMCO Committee meeting, European Parliament, Brussels

25-26 September: JURI Committee meetings, European Parliament, Brussels

25-26 September : EUIPO Observatory Plenary Meeting, Alicante

25-56 September: JURI Committee meetings, European Parliament

30 September – 8 October: Hearings of candidate Commissioners

30 September: Trilogue, Creative Europe Programme

15 October: First copyright stakeholder meeting

1 November: European Commission comes into office

4 November: UNIC/Europa Distribution/FERA/FIAD Screening, Brussels

5-6 November: Voices of Culture Structured Dialogue on Gender Balance in the Cultural & Creative Sectors Dialogue Meeting with the European Commission, Brussels

Recent Studies

European Parliament - Research for CULT Committee - Culture and creative sectors in the
European Union – Key future developments, challenges and opportunities
 - September 2019

Chapman University, Carnegie Mellon University - The Effect of Piracy Website Blocking on Consumer Behavior - August 2019

EAO - The circulation of European films outside Europe - Key figures 2017 - August 2019

EAO - European films and TV content get 27% of TVOD prominence - July 2019

EAO - The theatrical – TVOD window: A sample analysis - June 2019

22-09-2019

UNIC policy update 09/07/2019

Call for application

04/07: Call for proposals: Preparatory Action "Cinemas as Innovation Hubs for Local Communities" – European Commission

The Commission is launching a 2M € call for proposals to create innovative cultural hubs around cinema theatres, notably in areas where there is limited cinema and cultural infrastructure.

EU Geo-Blocking Regulation

27/06: Digital Single Market: Survey shows Europeans are well aware of rules against unjustified geo-blocking – European Commission

Seven months after new rules against unjustified geo-blocking began to apply, general consumer awareness of the new rules against restrictions for online shopping and cross-border sales is already high.

EU Top Jobs

03/07: EU Top jobs: Class of 2019 biographies – The Parliament Magazine

The European Council discussed and agreed on nominations for the EU's top jobs at the Special European Council on 30 June, 1 and 2 July 2019 in Brussels. The European Council elected Charles Michel as the new President of the European Council and proposed Ursula von der Leyen as candidate for the President of the European Commission.

European Parliament

03/07: The new European Parliament Vice-Presidents – European Parliament

All 14 European Parliament Vice-Presidents were elected in three rounds of voting for a two-and-a-half-year term. Eleven Vice-Presidents were elected in the first ballot, two in the second and the remaining one by a relative majority in the third.

04/07: Full members of the Culture and Education Committee announced – European Parliament

MEPs approved the size of all Parliament’s committees and subcommittees. The Committee on Culture and Education will consist of 31 MEPs.

04/07: EP Quaestors elected, Parliament Bureau complete – European Parliament

The five new Quaestors for the first two and a half years of the 9th legislative term were elected by acclamation in Strasbourg.

02/07: Parliament starts new term with seven political groups – European Parliament

Ever since the results of the European elections have been in, newly-elected MEPs have been organising themselves into political groups, which bring together representatives from different EU countries based on their political affinities. MEPs have formed seven political group.

Creative Europe Media

/07: Creative Europe MEDIA publishes an overview of good gender practices – EAO Newsletter

During the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, the European Commission, represented by Creative Europe MEDIA, launched the first edition of “Women on the Move” day, unveiling a brochure summarising gender-equality good practices followed by the EU’s audiovisual industry and policymakers.

Events

10 July: CULT, JURI, ITRE, IMCO Committees’ constitutive meetings, Brussels
15-18 July: Second European Parliament Plenary, Strasbourg
16 July: European Parliament vote on Commission Presidency, Strasbourg
10-11 September: Finnish Presidency conference - Creation, innovation and promotion – competitiveness of European audiovisual industry, Helsinki
25-26 September: EUIPO Observatory PLenary Meeting, Alicante
September/October: Hearings of candidate Commissioners
October/November: Election of new European Commission
1 November: European Commission comes into office

09-07-2019