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 09/11/2018

Creative Europe MEDIA

26/10: CULT Committee draft report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Creative Europe programme (2021 to 2027) – European Parliament

EU Budget

24/10: EU Budget 2019: focus on the young, on migration and innovation – European Parliament

In their budgetary resolution, MEPs reaffirm their priorities: “sustainable growth, innovation, competitiveness, security, tackling root causes of refugees and migration flows, managing refugee and migration flows, the fight against climate change and the transition to sustainable energy, and a particular focus on young people.”

European Commission

23/10: Commission Work Programme 2019: Delivering on promises and preparing for the future – European Commission  

The European Commission presented its Work Programme for 2019, setting out three main priorities for the year ahead: reaching swift agreement on the legislative proposals already presented to deliver on its ten political priorities; adopting a limited number of new initiatives to address outstanding challenges; and presenting several initiatives with a future perspective for a Union at 27 reinforcing the foundations for a strong, united and sovereign Europe.

E-commerce

23/10: European Commission and European Parliament take stock of the progress made in breaking down barriers to e-commerce in the EU – European Commission

Vice-President Ansip and Commissioners Bieńkowska, Jourová and Gabriel met in Strasbourg with members of the European Parliament to take stock of the progress made in breaking down the barriers to e-commerce in the EU and discuss next opportunities and challenges.

Recent Studies

European Parliament - Research for CULT Committee – Audiovisual Sector and Brexit: the Regulatory Environment - October 2018

EAO - 12% of all films released in the EU are at least 10 years old. New study explores the volume of catalogue films in the EU in cinemas, TV and VOD - October 2018

EAO - One third of all audiovisual media services established in the EU exist as locally adapted versions - October 2018

Events

12 November: EU DG COMP decision on Disney/Fox merger
20 November: UNIC Screening - Werk Ohne Autor, Brussels
27 November: Trilogue - EU Copyright Directive
27-30 November: EUIPO Working Group Meetings, Warsaw
3-4 December: Trilogue - EU Copyright Directive

12-11-2018

UNIC policy update 26/10/2018

EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive 

18/10: Draft Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2010/13/EU on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services (Audiovisual Media Services Directive) in view of changing market realities (first reading) – EU Council

EU Broadcasting Regulation

05/10: Updating broadcasting rules for digital; spreading and promoting European culture – Andrus Ansip Blog

“So it is not about free access, or about destroying business models for film producers or musicians. But it is about getting access to cultural content without pulling the rug out from under Europe's creative sector and culture” stated Commissioner Ansip.

Copyright Enforcement 

18/10: The owner of an internet connection used for copyright infringements through filesharing cannot be exonerated from liability simply by naming a family member who might have had access to that connection - CJEU

Directory of European Films

18/10: Digital single market: a directory of European films to facilitate on-line access – European Commission

On the occasion of the Marché international du film classique [International Classic Film Market] in Lyon, Mariya Gabriel, the Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, will today present the prototype of a directory of European films, a key action of the Digital4Culture strategy which is also part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. 

Lux Film Prize

15/10: Discover the Lux Film Prize finalists in a cinema near you – European Parliament

Three films featuring three strong female characters facing difficult dilemmas: the Lux Film days are bringing them to a cinema near you. 

Croatia

/10: Croatia – New law on audiovisual activities – EAO Newsletter

The Croatian Parliament has recently adopted the new Law on Audiovisual Activities (Zakon o audiovizualnim djelatnostima). This Law concerns the promotion of the production of audiovisual works. 

Events

25 October: Trilogue - EU Copyright Directive27 November: Trilogue - EU Copyright Directive3-4 December: Trilogue - EU Copyright Directive

26-10-2018

UNIC policy update 09/10/2018

Digital Single Market

26/09: European digital single market – a priority of Council Presidency conference – EU2018AT

At the High Level Conference on Digital and E-Government which took place on 26 September 2018 in Vienna, ministers and high‑level expert officials had a constructive exchange on elementary e-government and digitalisation issues.

EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive 

26/09: Audiovisual media: MEPs vote on new rules fit for a digital age – European Parliament

New rules on audiovisual media aim to better protect viewers, encourage innovation and promote European content. MEPs approved them on 2 October.

Creative Europe Programme

27/09: FNE TV: MEP Silvia Costa, EU Parliament Culture & Education Committee and Rapporteur for Creative Europe 2021-2027 – Film New Europe

FNE asked Silvia Costa about the most important differences between Creative Europe 2021-2027 and the previous programme and the importance of the LUX Prix for European culture.

EU Budget

26/09: DRAFT INTERIM REPORT on the proposal for a Council regulation on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 – European Parliament

26/09: EU Budget 2019: MEPs increase funding on youth, migration and research – European Parliament

Budget MEPs increased Erasmus+ funds and restored budgets for infrastructure investments, as well as Horizon 2020, the EU research programme.

European Union Intellectual Property Office

01/10: Christian Archambeau takes over as Executive Director of EUIPO – EUIPO

Mr Christian Archambeau has now taken up his duties as Executive Director of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) after his appointment was confirmed by the European Council.

European Audiovisual Observatory

26/09: How are audiovisual media services licenced in Europe today? – European Audiovisual Observatory

European Audiovisual Observatory has published a new mapping report of the licensing systems for audiovisual media services in today’s European Union.

Events 

8-9 October: Challenging (the) Content – Content made in Europe in the digital economy - Vienna

8-11 October: NATO Fall Summit

10 October: CICI Lunch - European Parliament, Brussels

10 October: Attaché meeting - EU Copyright Directive

15 & 16 October: UNIC Cinema Days - Brussels

17 October: Attaché meeting - EU Copyright Directive

25 October: Trilogue - EU Copyright Directive

09-10-2018

UNIC policy update 01/10/2018

Copyright Directive

13/09: Parliament approves controversial EU copyright reform – The Parliament Magazine

MEPs have approved controversial EU copyright reform, which includes a proposal for a publishers’ neighbouring right.

12/09: Parliament adopts its position on digital copyright rules – European Parliament

Parliament adopted its revised negotiating position on copyright rules on Wednesday, adding safeguards to protect small firms and freedom of expression.

12/09: UNIC welcomes the European Parliament vote on the Copyright Directive – UNIC

Following the plenary vote in the European Parliament on the Directive for Copyright in the Digital Single Market on 12 September, UNIC would like to welcome the outcome and thank the Parliament for supporting Europe's cultural and creative sectors.

Film Festivals

17/09: Full theatrical release vital for audiences says UNIC – UNIC

UNIC added its own voice to those seeking to ensure that films selected for competition at leading film festivals receive a full theatrical release.

11/09: Venice Festival winner invisible to cinemas audience worldwide – CICAE

 The International Confederation of Art Cinemas has recently called for a ban on movies produced or distributed by Netflix that were part of the official competition of the Venice International Film Festival. The award night of the prestigious festival proved that the cry out was well founded.

Creative Europe Media

20/09: Joint statement supporting the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme – UNIC Website

Alongside organisations working across the European audiovisual sector and in light of ongoing discussions surrounding the future of the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme and the next Multi-annual Financial Framework 2021/2027, UNIC would like to re-iterate its utmost support for Creative Europe MEDIA and its proportionate share of the overall Creative Europe budget.

CICAE

14/09: New General Delegate appointed at CICAE - CICAE

The International Confederation of Art House Cinemas (CICAE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Boglárka Nagy as the new General Delegate of the association. 

Events

4 October: European Creative Industries Summit (ECIS) 2018 - Vienna8-9 October: Challenging (the) Content – Content made in Europe in the digital economy - Vienna8-11 October: NATO Fall Summit10 October: CICI Lunch - European Parliament, Brussels 15 & 16 October: UNIC Cinema Days - Brussels 

01-10-2018

UNIC policy update 12/09/2018

EU Copyright Directive

25/08: Copyright Plenary Vote: Big Tech Tactics Revealed – Creativity Works!

Following the July Plenary vote, and the intense disinformation campaign produced by Big Tech, journalists and policymakers alike have uncovered disturbing truths.

27/08: Europe’s creative & cultural actors unite to call for an online environment that works for EU creativity – europeforcreativity.org

“We prefer to invest our time and/or money in creation, jobs, growth and a plural and diverse cultural landscape. That is what we believe Europe is about. Real people that create real things and really want this reform to ensure the online world plugs the value gap”, mentions the statement.

04/09: MEPs in last-minute meeting ahead of crunch EU copyright vote – The Parliament Magazine

MEPs were meeting on Tuesday in a last-minute effort to agree a compromise that will be acceptable to a majority of deputies ahead of a key vote next week on the reforming EU copyright rules.

10/09: Intense lobbying continues ahead of EU copyright vote – The Parliament Magazine

World famous artist Wyclef Jean has joined others in urging MEPs to this week vote against a proposed reform of the EU copyright laws which has returned to the plenary following Parliament’s decision not to enter the interinstitutional negotiations.

 

EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive 

03/09: MEPs to vote on EU audiovisual media services reform next month – The Parliament Magazine

A vote in plenary in Strasbourg, the first after the summer recess, to endorse the new rules is likely to take place in the week starting 10 September.

 

European Elections 2019

24/08: 2019 European elections 'could be the most decisive yet' on future of EU – The Parliament Magazine

The next European elections could see a “flattening out” of the centre and further fragmentation of party support, according to a new report.

 

Recent Studies

EAO - The origin of films in VOD catalogues - August 2018IVIR Amsterdam - Global Online Piracy Study - July 2018EU OMC - The role of public policies in developing entrepreneurial and innovation potential of the cultural and creative sectors - April 2018

Events

12 September: European Parliament Plenary Vote - EU Copyright Directive
24-27 September: FNCF Congress 2018 - Deauville 26 & 27 September: EUIPO Plenary Meeting 2018 - Alicante 
4 October: European Creative Industries Summit (ECIS) 2018 - Vienna
8-9 October: Challenging (the) Content – Content made in Europe in the digital economy - Vienna
8-11 October: NATO Fall Summit
10 October: CICI Lunch - European Parliament, Brussels 
15 & 16 October: UNIC Cinema Days - Brussels 

12-09-2018

UNIC policy update 23/07/2018

EU Copyright Directive

19/07: Authors urge MEPs to find a common line and adopt the Copyright Directive without further delay - FERA

The Authors’ Group mentions that ‘throwing the Directive away by postponing its adoption would be a failure to deliver any concrete improvement to the situation of European authors and be an appalling missed opportunity to strengthen the creative community and Europe’s cultural wealth in the digital era.’

Cult Committee

17/07: Draft CULT Report on the New European Agenda for Culture - European Parliament website

The rapporteur stresses, among other things, the need to protect creators in the digital landscape and to this end welcomes the proposal for the Copyright Directive. He calls on the European Commission and Member States to ensure that digital platforms that play an active role in distributing, promoting and monetising copyright protected content have a clear obligation to obtain licenses from right holders and to fairly remunerate artists, authors, news publishers, producers, journalists and creators for the digital use of their work.

Video Sharing Platforms 

12/07: Video Sharing Platforms – who’s making the rules and how do they apply? – European Audiovisual Observatory 

How does European legislation sheriff the wild wild west of content sharing platforms such as YouTube? And what of Facebook? How does European law define their role and responsibilities? High time for the European Audiovisual Observatory’s new report: The legal framework for video-sharing platforms.

Event:

12 September: European Parliament Plenary Vote - EU Copyright Directive
24-27 September: FNCF Congress 2018 - Deauville
26 & 27 September: EUIPO Plenary Meeting 2018 - Alicante
15 & 16 October: UNIC Cinema Days - Brussels

23-07-2018

UNIC policy update 04/07/2018

EU Copyright Directive

27/06: Europe’s cultural and creative sectors call on MEPs to uphold the mandate on copyright in plenary – UNIC Website

“We represent 4.5% of EU GDP and 12 million European jobs. We are the heart and soul of Europe’s plurality and rich identities. On July 5 we ask for you to back the mandate adopted by JURI on 20 June which is the result of long and intense negotiations” highlights the main message of the Europe’s creative and cultural sectors to the MEPs.

29/06: CW! asks MEPs to uphold JURI mandate on Copyright Directive – Creativity Works!

Creativity Works! has joined 93 organisations from Europe’s creative and cultural sectors that are asking Members of the European Parliament to support the Legal Affairs (JURI) mandate on the Copyright Directive report during the Plenary vote on 5 July.

20/06: Copyright: MEPs update rules for the digital age – European Parliament

Plans to update of EU copyright rules for today’s online world and ensure fair pay for artists and journalists were backed by the Legal Affairs Committee.

20/06: Joint Press Release: The European Parliament’s report on the Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market: a first good step for audiovisual authors – SAAFERA & FSE

The Federation of European Film Directors (FERA), the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE) and the Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA) welcome the vote of the Legal Affairs’ Committee in favour of a new Article -14a establishing a principle of fair and proportionate remuneration for authors and performers.

Copyright Enforcement

26/06: Press Release: AAPA Launches Anti-Piracy Award – Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance

At this year’s Europol Intellectual Property Crime conference, the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA) announced the winner of it first award for a successful initiative to tackle audiovisual piracy. The winner was Grupo de Antipirateria of the Policia Nacionale (Spain), led by Inspector Marlene Álvarez Vicente. The award recognised the Grupo de Antipirateria’s successful operations in large scale illegal streaming cases, many of which affected AAPA members.

Digital Single Market

/07: European Commission Communication on completing a trusted Digital Single Market for all – EAO Newsletter

 In the Communication, the Commission provides an overview of the legislative proposals it has made over the last three years, reviews the progress of their adoption and implementation, and calls on its co-legislators - the European Parliament and the Council - to accelerate their work in order to meet the European Council’s goal of concluding the DSM Strategy by the end of 2018.

Council of the European Union

01/07: Austria takes over presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 July 2018 – Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU

On the first of July, Austria took over the presidency of the Council of the European Union for the next six months.

Competition

15/06: Mergers: Commission clears Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Sky under EU merger rules – European Commission

The European Commission has approved unconditionally under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Sky by Comcast, a US based global media, technology and entertainment company. The Commission concluded the transaction would raise no competition concerns in Europe.

Gender Balance

19/06: Working report on gender representation in the audiovisual media sector – European Commission

A short working report, outlining the national measures and initiatives to support the place and image of women in audiovisual media, both on- and off-screen, has been published.

Events

5 July: Vote in Plenary - EU Copyright Directive16 July: Creative Europe MEDIA Stakeholder Meeting 24-27 September: FNCF Congress 2018 - Deauville 26 & 27 September: EUIPO Plenary Meeting 2018 - Alicante 15 & 16 October: UNIC Cinema Days - Brussels 

04-07-2018

UNIC policy update 22/06/2018

UNIC

12/06: UNIC Annual Report  -   Access the report in full here 

UNIC is delighted to announce the publication of its 2018 Annual Report, examining key cinema trends across the 37 territories represented by the association.

18/06: UNIC launched the second edition of Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme – UNIC

The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), the European Cinema trade grouping, launched the second edition of its Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme, a 12-month mentoring programme for women in cinema exhibition.

Global Cinema Federation

11/06: Global Cinema Federation releases position papers - GCF

The Global Cinema Federation (GCF) today released five position papers on key areas of concern and interest to cinema operators worldwide.

EU Copyright Directive

11/06: Publishers back controversial EU copyright proposals – The Parliament Magazine

Publishers strongly support the directive, saying it is an attempt to reshape copyright for the internet, in particular rebalancing the relationship between copyright holders and online platforms.

18/06: Getting closer to the finishing line? – SAA Blog

MEPs have been exceptionally and forcefully lobbied from all directions on this file. We therefore appreciate the time and effort MEPs, from across the political spectrum, have taken to listen to us and support our call. We trust them to vote this week for the best option for directors and screenwriters to obtain fair and proportionate remuneration for the exploitation of their works online.

19/06: Copyright: Realities & Myths - ACT

An overview of Article 13 - what's it about?

Digital Single Market

05/06: Mariya Gabriel: The future of Europe and of the world is inevitably digital – The Parliament Magazine

This Commission is entering the final year of its mandate. Where do you believe progress needs to be made to achieve a genuine digital single market? Three years after its launch, the digital single market is becoming a reality. In total, 29 legislative proposals have been presented by the Commission.

07/06: Digital Single Market: Updated audiovisual rules – European Commission

The media landscape has shifted dramatically in less than a decade. Instead of sitting in front of the family TV, millions of Europeans, especially young people, watch content online, on demand and on different mobile devices.

22-06-2018

UNIC policy update 08/06/2018

Creative Europe Programme

30/05: EU Budget: Reinforcing Europe’s cultural and creative sectors – European Commission

For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the European Commission is proposing to increase funding for Creative Europe, the programme supporting European cultural and creative sectors and audiovisual works, to €1.85 billion.

30/05: Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council establishing the Creative Europe programme (2021 to 2027) – European Commission

The aim of this initiative is to build on the Creative Europe Programme's achievements and scale up

efforts with a view to meeting the objectives set in relation to more recent policy developments.

30/05: Factsheet: Investing in people – Creative Europe 2021-2027 – European Commission

The Creative Europe programme includes a MEDIA strand to support the European audiovisual industry, a CULTURE strand to promote other European cultural and creative sectors, and a CROSS-SECTORAL strand to support actions spanning across the audiovisual and other cultural and creative sectors.

EU Copyright Directive

01/06: Performers and audiovisual authors plea to the European Parliament – SAA Blog
Joint press release available here.

On 29 May, performers and audiovisual authors from across Europe gathered in Strasbourg to explain in their own words why an unwaivable right to remuneration is urgently needed for them as creators, when their works are being watched on on-demand platforms. The meeting was a last plea to the European Parliament before the vote on the new Copyright Directive on 21 June.

EU Budget

23/05: EU Budget: Commission proposes a budget focused on continuity and delivery – for growth, solidarity, security – European Commission

The Commission proposed the 2019 draft EU Budget of €166 billion in commitments, corresponding to a 3% increase over 2018, investing in a stronger and more resilient European economy and promoting solidarity and security on both sides of the EU's borders.

European Film Forum

28/05: European Film Forum at Annecy – Building Brands: The Road to Success – European Commission

The next European Film Forum will take place during the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. It will look into opportunities for animation studios to build effective marketing and brand strategies.

Events:

11-14 June: CineEurope 2018

11 June: European Film Forum Barcelona

14 June: European Film Forum Annecy 

20-21 June: European Parliament Vote - Copyright Directive

08-06-2018

UNIC policy update 23/05/2018

Public Consultation

/05: Public consultation on measures to further improve the effectiveness of the fight against illegal content online - EUSurvey

Through the present public consultation the Commission seeks to gather views from all relevant stakeholders. The questionnaire is targeted to the general public, hosting service providers such as online platforms, organisations reporting the presence of illegal content online, competent authorities and law enforcement bodies, and academia, civil societies and other organisations.

Digital Single Market

15/05: EU Leaders’ meeting in Sofia: Completing a trusted Digital Single Market for the benefit of all – European Commission

Ahead of the entry into application of the General Data Protection Regulation, the European Commission presented a set of concrete actions that European leaders can take to protect citizens' privacy and make the EU's Digital Single Market a reality before the end of 2018.

EU Copyright Directive

17/05: Bulgarian Presidency of the Council’s new compromise text on the Copyright Directive – Council of the EU

The proposed Directive is one of the Commission’s initiatives under the Digital Single Market Strategy and aims to further harmonise the Union law applicable to copyright and related rights in the framework of the internal market, taking into account in particular digital and cross-border uses of protected content.

14/05: Joint press release: Audiovisual organisations unveil new international legal study supporting fair remuneration of audiovisual authors - SAA

Organisations representing authors in the audiovisual sector welcomed a new global study calling for legal reforms to help screenwriters and directors earn royalties for the use of their works.

Copyright Enforcement 

/05: Committee of Ministers – Recommendation on the roles and responsibilities of Internet intermediaries – EAO Newsletter

In order to provide guidance to all relevant actors faced with the complex task of protecting human rights in the digital environment, the Recommendation sets out a number of recommendations for member states, including that member states implement the “Guidelines for States on actions to be taken vis-à-vis Internet intermediaries with due regard to their roles and responsibilities” (which are annexed to the Recommendation) when devising and implementing legislative frameworks relating to Internet intermediaries.

Creative Europe MEDIA

22/05: An online directory of European films – European Commission

Commissioner Gabriel’s project of a creating an online directory of European films has received large support by the audiovisual sector last week in Cannes. Further to a roundtable organised in the context of the Cannes festival on 15 May 2018 on this subject, a number of organisations signed a manifesto supporting the project.

EU Budget

02/05: A financial commitment to secure Europe’s digital future into the next decade – Andrus Ansip Blog

“I am very pleased that my fellow European commissioners supported digital in the European Commission's proposals for the EU's multi-annual budget, starting from 2021. Here, digital has a strong and separate presence: you can see its footprint everywhere, spread over many different programmes” stated Commissioner Ansip.

21/05: MFF post-2020: Towards a two-speed Europe? – The Parliament Magazine

The Commission’s recently unveiled proposal for the next EU long-term budget contains few surprises. As it had been rumoured in the financial press and hinted at by Brussels diplomats, the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework will be less about cohesion and more about other ‘priorities’, including ‘values’.

European Commission

22/05: Fact Sheet - Building a stronger Europe: new initiatives to further boost role of youth, education and culture policies – European Commission

The initiatives adopted by the Commission today will advance work towards building a European Education Area by 2025, set out how to better harness the potential of culture in driving economic and social development and boost young people's participation and resilience.

Events

CineEurope, 11 – 14 June, Barcelona – please register here

20-21 June: European Parliament Vote - Copyright Directive 

26-05-2018

UNIC policy update 7/05/2018

Audiovisual Media Services Directive 

30/04: UNIC Statement on the Audiovisual Media Services Directive – UNIC

The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), the European trade grouping representing cinema exhibitors and their national associations in 37 territories across the EU and beyond, welcomes the preliminary political agreement on the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD).

27/04: AVMSD: EFADs welcome an ambitious and positive step forward for the diversity of European cultures - EFADs

In particular, EFADs strongly appreciate the obligation for on-demand services to secure at least a 30% share of European works in their catalogues and ensure prominence of these works.

27/04: SAA welcomes the reformed Audiovisual Media Services Directive: promoting and investing in European audiovisual works – SAA

The Society of Audiovisual Authors welcomes the agreement between the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission on the reform of EU rules governing audiovisual media services. It thanks policy makers for their willingness to lay down new rules to adapt the European framework to the emergence of digital platforms.

26/04: Audiovisual media: Agreement reached on new media services directive – European Parliament

EP negotiators and the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU agreed on substantial rules for audiovisual media services, including digital platforms.

26/04: Audiovisual media services: breakthrough in EU negotiations for modern and fairer rules – European Commission

The European Parliament, Council and Commission have reached a preliminary political agreement on the main elements of revised rules to apply to audiovisual media across Europe.

Copyright Enforcements

13/04: Creativity Works! letter regarding EU Copyright Directive – Creativity Works!

Creativity Works! calls on Member States to refrain from restricting rightholders’ exclusive rights in favour of certain online platforms; discussions on Copyright Directive must continue to resolve fundamental issues

EU Budget

03/05: EU budget post-2020: Commission praised for alternative sources of income – The Parliament Magazine

Most MEPs have welcomed a Commission plan to raise national contributions to 1.11 per cent of gross national income and introduce new sources of revenue for the next long-term EU budget.

Creative Europe Media

/05: MEDIA events at the 71st Cannes Film Festival – European Commission

This year in Cannes, the EU's Creative Europe MEDIA organises a series of debates and showcases from Thursday 10 May until Wednesday 16 May, on various topics such as collaboration strategies to increase audiences, financing, co-production, distribution and talent development.

Recent studies

EU OMC - The role of public policies in developing entrepreneurial and innovation potential of the cultural and creative sectors - April 2018EUIPO - Test Case: Legal Online Offers of Film - April 2018

Events

12 May: European Audiovisual Observatory Conference - Cannes 12 May: UNIC Cocktail - Cannes 13 May: Europa Cinemas Conference - Cannes 14 May: European Film Forum - Cannes 15 May: Creative Europe MEDIA Stakeholders' Meeting - Cannes 15 May: UNIC Meeting - Cannes20-21 June: European Parliament Vote - Copyright Directive 

07-05-2018

UNIC policy update 17/04/2018

EU Copyright Directive

12/04: Call to the European Council: Secure the aims of the Proposed Copyright Directive in the DSM - IFPI Website

IFPI and wide range of European creators, producers and performers urge no fudging of EU Value Gap fix.

EU Cultural Budget

09/04: Boosting the EU culture budget – A call from Europe’s cultural and creative sectors – IMPALA Website

On the 9th of April, 66 organisations from across Europe’s cultural and creative sectors sent an open letter to the EU institutions urging them to give a significant boost to the EU budget dedicated to culture.

Copyright enforcement

10/04: Speech by Vice-President Andrus Ansip on copyright – European Commission

“Our copyright reform gives publishers and authors the means to negotiate better with digital platforms. Rights holders will be in a stronger and fairer position to negotiate and be paid when a platform puts their work online. The legal bargaining position of press publishers needs similar improvement and clarity” stated Vice-President Ansip.

/04: Recommendation on measures to effectively tackle illegal content online – EAO Newsletter

The present Recommendation constitutes additional measures and builds further on various voluntary initiatives already undertaken by hosting service providers in their fight against illegal content online, such as the EU Code of Conduct on countering illegal hate speech online.

Data Protection

/04: Guidance on the direct application of the General Data Protection Regulation – EAO Newsletter

In the light of the General Data Protection Regulation, which will become directly applicable on 25 May 2018 and will replace the Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC) and the Police Directive (2016/680/EU), the EU Commission issued a Communication aimed at guiding all relevant actors in their preparations vis-à-vis this new legal instrument.

Events

17, 18 & 19 April: EUIPO Working Group Meetings 17 April: SatCab Trilogue 26 April: AVMS Trilogue 3 May: AAPA/EUIPO - Enforcement Database and Online Digital Infringements 12 May: European Audiovisual Observatory Conference - Cannes 12 May: UNIC Cocktail - Cannes 13 May: Europa Cinemas Conference - Cannes 14 May: European Film Forum - Cannes 15 May: Creative Europe MEDIA Stakeholders' Meeting - Cannes 20-21 June: European Parliament Vote - Copyright Directive 

17-04-2018