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 26/03/2018

Creative Europe Media

15/03: Interim evaluation of EACEA – European Commission

The interim evaluation of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency Citizens will be conducted between 15 March and 12 April. Citizens and stakeholders are in particular invited to provide views on the Commission's understanding of the problem and possible solutions and to share any relevant information that they may have.

15/03: A stronger MEDIA budget to support Europe’s values, creativity & cultural diversity throughout the Union and the world – EFADs Press Release

As the European Institutions reflect on the next Multi Financial-Framework (MFF) and the future of EU programmes, the European Film Agency Directors (EFADs) call on all EU policy makers to reinforce MEDIA and significantly increase its budget from just over 100M€ per year today to €150 million per year in the next MFF to reinforce successful schemes and develop new actions.

 

Geo – Blocking

23/03: Rules against unjustified Geo-blocking enter into force – European Commission

The new rules against unjustified geoblocking entered into force on 22 March 2018 and will be a reality for citizens as of 3 December 2018 – they will be able to find the best deals online when buying goods and services across the EU without being discriminated based on nationality and residence.

22/03: 10 Key Features of the Geo-Blocking Regulation – European Commission

For a better understanding of the Regulation to end unjustified geoblocking adopted on 28 February 2018, here are its 10 key features.

22/03: Geo-blocking – Questions and Answers – European Commission

The Geo-blocking regulation addresses the problem of customers not being able to buy goods and services from traders located in a different Member State for reasons related to their nationality, place of residence or place of establishment. This Q & A aims to give a better understanding of the Geo-blocking regulation.

European Institutions

12/03: MEPs threaten to postpone arrival of Commission budget amid Selmayr row – The Parliament Magazine

MEPs say that the case of Martin Selmayr, whose promotion to head the Commission’s civil service has sparked fury, shows that “promotion of  EU posts must go to the best not to the best connected.”

Digital Taxation

14/03: Moscovici unveils plans for tax crackdown on digital companies – The Parliament Magazine

European economic affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici has outlined upcoming plans for a tax crackdown on digital companies, admitting that the current system is not fit for purpose.

Event

27-28 March: Digitising European Industry Stakeholder Forum 201828 March: Informal meeting of education, youth, culture and sport ministers on culture (EYCS): Media Advisory 17, 18 & 19 April: EUIPO Working Group Meetings 24 April: European Parliament Vote - Copyright Directive 3 May: AAPA/EUIPO - Enforcement Database and Online Digital In

27-03-2018

UNIC policy update 9/03/2018

 

Copyright Enfoncement

01/03: A Europe that protects: Commission reinforces EU response to illegal content online – European Commission

The Commission has recommended a set of operational measures – accompanied by the necessary safeguards – to be taken by companies and Member States to further step up into tackling illegal content online before it determines whether it will be necessary to propose legislation. 

01/03: Frequently asked questions: Commission Recommendation on measures to effectively tackle illegal content online – European Commission

The European Commission has presented a set of concrete and operational measures to take down illegal content spreading online, from terrorist content, incitement to hatred and violence, child pornography, counterfeit products and intellectual property infringement.

23/02: Liability of Online Service Providers for Copyright Protected Content – Regulatory Action Needed? – European Parliament Think Tank

The paper looks at liability of online providers for copyright infringements. The liability privileges in Articles 12 to 15 E-Commerce Directive can remain unchanged; they seem to be sufficiently flexible to adopt to new business models, which also make them in general future proof. 

European Institutions

01/03: European Parliament to launch probe into Martin Selmayr promotion – The Parliament Magazine

German official’s appointment as European Commission Secretary-General branded a ‘cloak-and-dagger operation’ that needs parliamentary examination. 

EU Funding

05/03: Proposed List of Instruments for the next Multiannual Financial Framework - European Commission 

The document compares the instruments under the current Multiannual Financial Framework with the next generation of financial instruments.

Recent studies

European Audiovisual Observatory - How do deposit systems safeguard Europe's film and video content? - February 2018European Parliament Think Tank – Liability of Online Service Providers for Copyrighted Content – Regulatory Action Needed? – December 2017

Events

27-28 March: Digitising European Industry Stakeholder Forum 201828 March: Informal meeting of education, youth, culture and sport ministers on culture (EYCS): Media Advisory 

 

09-03-2018

UNIC policy update 19/02/2018

 

UNIC Figures for 2017

14/02: UNIC Update on Cinema-Going in 2017 - UNIC

The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), the body representing European cinema trade associations and key operators, has today released its provisional update on admissions and box office revenues across Europe for 2017.

Digital Single Market

12/02: "This will be a decisive year for the Digital Single Market" - Andrus Ansip Blog 

‘The bulk of what we have planned and proposed is now sitting on the EU's negotiating table. Now we have to get EU governments and institutions to agree. We need things to start moving on the ground so that people feel a tangible – and digital - change for the better’ stated the European Commissioner for Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip.

Enforcement

/02: Communications on Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement - EAO Newsletter  

On 29 November 2017, the European Commission published two notable Communications on intellectual property rights enforcement, in particular relating to Directive 2004/48/EC on the enforcement of intellectual property rights. The Directive provides a minimum set of measures, procedures and remedies allowing the effective civil enforcement of intellectual property rights. 

Infringement

/02: Member States referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union over collective rights management directive - EAO Newsletter 

On 7 December 2016, the European Commission decided to refer Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Romania and Spain to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for their alleged failure to notify the complete transposition of the Collective Rights Management Directive (Directive 2014/26/EU) into their national laws.

Creative & Cultural Sectors

06/02: Why does the EU industrial strategy fail to mention the importance of the creative and cultural sectors? - The Parliament Magazine 

The Commission’s proposals to stimulate EU growth and competitiveness miss the target on a number of significant issues, says MEP Pervenche Berès.

 

Events:

20 February: First Trilogue on Boradcasting Regulation 
22 February: UNIC Conference at the European Parliament
26 February: Trilogue on Audiovisual Media Services Directive
6-7 March: UKCA Conference: Building the Big Screen Experience 
27-28 March: Digitising European Industry Stakeholder Forum 2018

 

19-02-2018

UNIC policy update 30/01/2018

 

European Film Forum

19/01: European Film Forum goes to Berlinale 2018 - European Commission

The first European Film Forum of this year will take place alongside Berlinale on 19 February 2018 and will focus on: The future of MEDIA: connecting Europeans through films.

Bulgarian Presidency

16/01: Prime Minister Boyko Borisov presented the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency before the European Parliament - Bulgarian Presidency

“There are four priorities of our Presidency – the future of Europe and young people as our main priority, the European perspective and connectivity of the Western Balkans, a secure and stable Europe and digital economy and skills for the future, which has a direct and significant importance for the entire internal market” stated Mr. Borisov.

23/01: Three Bulgarian ministers present the Presidency priorities before the Culture and Education Committee of the European Parliament - Bulgarian Presidency

Young people in the focus of the Bulgarian Presidency – three Bulgarian ministers present the Presidency priorities before the Culture and Education Committee of the European Parliament.

Online Platforms

19/01: Fact Sheet: Countering illegal hate speech online - European Commission

The third evaluation of the Code of Conduct on countering illegal online hate speech carried out by NGOs and public bodies released last week shows that IT companies removed on average 70% of illegal hate speech notified to them.

DSM

18/01: Citizens' Dialogue in Ljubljana with Commissioner Mariya Gabriel - European Commission 

On 18 January 2018, Commissioner Mariya Gabriel participated in her very first Citizens' Dialogue at the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Ljubljana. 

Infringement

22/01: Commission launches consultation on future "Counterfeit and Piracy watch-list" - European Commission

The aim is to identify the marketplaces outside the EU where counterfeiting, piracy or other forms of intellectual property abuse are common practice.

Creative Europe Media

23/01: New edition of the EU Film Contest - European Commission 

The Commission has launched the second edition of the EU Film Contest today. Participants can test how much they know about European films for a chance to experience the Cannes Film Festival and discover the European audiovisual industry at work.

Copyright

22/01: Copyright is the fuel that allows creators to keep working - The Parliament Magazine

Content creators face a grim reality within the digital single market, and it’s up to politicians to rectify the situation with fair copyright rules for all, says MEP Marc Joulaud.

22/01: EU copyright reform: Parliament must stand up on behalf of consumers - The Parliament Magazine 

Fixing the value gap without jeopardising citizens’ fundamental rights is the red line in the copyright debate, says MEP Lidia Geringer de Oedenberg.

25/01: Collective Rights Management: Commission refers Poland to the Court of Justice and closes eight cases - European Commission

The European Commission decided today to refer Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU for failure to notify complete transposition (partial non-transposition) of EU rules on collective management of copyright and related rights, and multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online use into national law.

 European Parliament

 25/01: MEPs propose reducing number of seats in EU Parliament - The Parliament Magazine 

Parliament should shrink from 751 to 705 MEPs when the UK leaves the EU, to make room for EU-wide electoral lists, according to members of the constitutional affairs committee.

Data protection

24/01: Commission publishes guidance on upcoming new data protection rules - European Commission 

The Commission has published guidance to facilitate a direct and smooth application of the new data protection rules across the EU as of 25 May. The Commission also launched a new online tool dedicated to SMEs.

Events

19/02: EFF Berlin21/02: UNIC Conference at the European Parliament27-28/03: Digitising European Industry Stakeholder Forum 2018

11 – 14/06: CineEurope. Register here.

 

30-01-2018

UNIC policy update 19/01/2018

Digital Single Market

/01: Public consultation on EU funds in the area of values and mobility – EU Survey 

The Commission is launching a series of public consultations covering all the major spending areas to gather views from all interested parties on how to make the very most of every euro of the EU budget. This public consultation seeks to identify strengths and weaknesses of existing programmes and actions, as well as possible ways forward and highlight any possible synergies among them.

Enforcement

/01: Draft Recommendation on the roles and responsibilities of Internet intermediaries -  EAO Newsletter

On 19 September 2017, the draft Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the roles and responsibilities of Internet intermediaries was finalised by the Committee of experts on Internet intermediaries (MSI-NET). The draft Recommendation has now been sent to the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDSMI) for approval.

Broadcasting Regulation

/01: Proposed Regulation on copyright and online transmissions of broadcasters – EAO Newsletter

On 27 November 2017, the Committee on Legal Affairs of the European Parliament published its Report, including a draft European Parliament Resolution, on the proposed Regulation laying down rules on the exercise of copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmes.

Romania 

/01: Romania: Modification of the Cinematography Legislation - EAO Newsletter

The Emergency Government Decree No. 67/2017 adopted by the Senate on 14 November 2017 aims at securing the functioning of Romanian film production, as well as at giving the Romanian film industry financial support to produce films dedicated to the Centennial of the union of the territories inhabited mainly by Romanians, which will be celebrated in 2018, or films dedicated to well-known personalities and special cultural activities. 

Events:

30/01: European Animation Plan Debate 

19/02: EFF Berlin

21/02: UNIC European Parliament Conference

 

19-01-2018

UNIC policy update 20.12.2017

 

Council of the European Union

15/12: Online cross-border TV and radio broadcasts: Council agrees negotiating stance - Council

The Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) agreed on the Council's position on a proposal to facilitate digital transmissions and retransmissions of TV and radio programmes in the internal market.

Digital Single Market

12/12: EP ready to start talks with EU governments on new rules for online TV and radio - European Parliament

MEPs endorsed last Tuesday the mandate for negotiations drawn up by the Legal Affairs Committee in November with 344 votes in favour, 265 against, and 36 abstentions. 

European Parliament

07/12: Silvia Costa: New beginnings for EU cultural policy - The Parliament Magazine

The European Year of Cultural Heritage marks a new era in EU politics, with better understanding of the importance of culture, says Silvia Costa.

Taxation

05/12: Questions and Answers on the EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions - European Commission 

Recent Studies

Creative Content Australia - Project Harrison: Australian Piracy Behaviours and Attitudes - November 2017
IHS Vienna - Study on the Economic Value of Cinemas in Austria - September 2017 

Events

20/12: COREPER meeting

19/02: EFF Berlin

21/02: UNIC European Parliament Confer

 

20-12-2017

UNIC policy update 01.12.2017

 

Digital Single Market

21/11: EFADs welcomes the EP Legal Affairs Committee’s support for territorial exclusivity - EFADs
Peter Dinges, President of the European Film Agency Directors (EFADs) welcomes the vote: “By opposing and reducing the scope of the country of origin principle, the Legal Affairs committee showed its support for territorial exclusivity and remains faithful to its long-standing position in favour of a culturally diverse audiovisual sector and to EU citizens’ access to European culture.

21/11: Statement from Creativity Works! on the JURI committee’s vote on the proposed Broadcasters’ Regulation - Creativity Works!
Mathieu Moreuil, Chair of Creativity Works! said: “Today’s vote acknowledges the importance of territorial exclusivity as the lifeblood of Europe’s creative industries.  As the legislative process continues, we call on EU legislators to bear in mind the concerns expressed across the creative and cultural sectors and to ensure that the growth of European industries and reinvestments in high quality EU content are fostered, not impeded.

22/11: FERA Issues Statement in Support of JURI Decision - FNE
The Federation of European Film Directors, FERA, made a public statement welcoming the decision of the Members of the Legal Affairs (JURI) Committee vote in the EU Parliament to limit the extension of the “Country of Origin” principle to news and current affairs programmes. The decision means that exclusive territorial licensing, cornerstone of audiovisual works’ investment structure, distribution and promotion throughout Europe are preserved in their present form.

Copyright

 29/11: Intellectual Property package: Protecting Europe's know-how and innovation leadership

European Commission

The Commission presented its measures to ensure that intellectual property rights are well protected, thereby encouraging European companies, in particular SMEs and start-ups, to invest in innovation and creativity.

 European Parliament

 22/11: Chair of EU Culture Committee MEP Petra Kammerevert on Film and the European Year of Cultural Heritage - Film New Europe

Film New Europe spoke with Petra Kammerevert, Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education in the European Parliament about the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. MEP Kammerevert highlights the importance of cinema as part of the cultural heritage.

 Estonian Presidency

27/11: Developments of the film and audiovisual field discussed at the visionary conference in Tallinn - EU2017.ee

On 27 and 28 November representatives of film and audiovisual field, experts, policy makers and visionaries gathered in Tallinn for a two-day international visionary conference to discuss topical issues of the European media and film industry. The conference was organised within the framework of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Events:

1/12: Private Sector Representatives Meeting - EUIPO

6-7/12: EDCF Annual Convention

 

01-12-2017

UNIC policy update 03.11.2017

 

Digital Single Market

19/10: 4th Council of Europe Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation – Council of Europe
The 4th Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation, organised by the Council of Europe in cooperation with ZKM at the ZKM headquarters in Karlsruhe, took place from 19-20 October, with the aim to explore the potential of Culture, Arts and Science as a strong resource for empowering democracy for culturally competent citizens.
22/10: Recommendation on measures to safeguard fundamental rights and the open internet in the framework of the EU copyright reform - IPKat
Together with a group of scholars active in copyright issues, Professor Martin Senftleben (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) has published a Recommendation on measures to safeguard fundamental rights and the open internet in the framework of the EU copyright reform.

Lux Film Prize

17/10: The starting pistol is fired for the 2017 LUX Film Days - European Parliament
The time has come for the 2017 edition of the LUX Film Days to get under way. Once again this year, the European Parliament’s LUX Prize will take the three finalist films on a trip across Europe, from theatre to theatre, and from festival to festival, visiting more than 60 cities.

Events

TBC: EP JURI vote on the Broadcast RegulationTBC: Vote on the Contracts for the Supply of Digital Content Directive6/11: UNIC Film Screening of 'Borg McEnroe' - Brussels - email to reserve21/11: Joint Film Screening of 'The Square' - Bozar - email to reserve27-28/11: Estonian Presidency conference on audiovisual content, technology and policy – Tallinn – more information here 

 

03-11-2017

UNIC policy update 17.10.2017

Piracy 
28/09: Security Union: Commission steps up efforts to tackle illegal content online – European Commission
The Commission has presented guidelines and principles for online platforms to increase the proactive prevention, detection and removal of illegal content inciting hatred, violence and terrorism online.

Digital Single Market
29/09: Key messages of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to heads of state or government in Tallinn on the state of play of the digital single market – eu2017.ee
‘Since the beginning of the mandate, the Commission has put forward 43 initiatives to complete the digital single market, of which 24 legislative proposals. Over the same period, the need to achieve a digital single market was repeatedly discussed amongst ourselves and in 10 different Summits we have agreed to complete the digital single market’ stated President Juncker. 

Creative Europe Programme 
30/09: Registrations open for the European Culture Forum 2017 – European Commission
The European Culture Forum takes place every two years with prestigious speakers and lively discussions on the hottest topics in culture.

EU Budget
10/10: Next MFF must match EU ambitions – EPP website
The MFF lays down the maximum annual amounts which the EU may spend in different political fields over a period of at least five years.

Events 

  • TBC: EP JURI vote on the Broadcast Regulation
  • TBC: Vote on the Contracts for the Supply of Digital Content Directive
  • 19/10: The Impact of Brexit on the UK Copyright Regime panel discussion - London - more information here
  • 6/11: UNIC Film Screening of 'Borg McEnroe' - Brussels - email to reserve
  • 27-28/11: Estonian Presidency conference on audiovisual content, technology and policy – Tallinn – more information here 
17-10-2017

UNIC policy update 29.09.2017

Digital Single Market
25/09: European Audiovisual Observatory publishes results of its Brussels SATCAB workshop – EAO website
The publication summarises the main points of the discussion during the round-table workshop,which was held on 21 June in Brussels in order to explore certain aspects of the Regulation Proposal. The workshop was organised, and the discussion facilitated by the European Audiovisual Observatory (Strasbourg) upon request of the European Commission. 
15/09: Expert Survey Shows Direct Injection as the Principal Form of Broadcasting in Europe – SAA
The Ampere Analysis economic survey of channel distribution in the EU confirms that broadcast signals, whether domestic or cross-border, are overwhelmingly transmitted to retransmission platforms such as cable using a method known as Direct Injection.

Copyright
21/09: Hidden European Commission's study copyright study leaked – Netzpolitik 
The study ‘Estimated displacements rates of copyrighted content in the EU’ commissioned by the European Commission explores the relation between online copyright infringement (digital piracy) and sales of copyrighted content.
12/09: The urgent for a reform of EU copyright law by MEP Axel Voss – EP Magazine  

‘The proposal is a great opportunity not only to adapt the legal situation, but also to generate economic success for European works within the EU. In this connection, we need to strive for a good balance between all players. Ultimately, we are protecting cultural diversity in the EU and thus our European identity, thereby helping to make sure that it is still worthwhile to be creative’ stated MEP Axel Voss.  

European Commission
13/09: Juncker’s full 2017 State of the Union speech – European Commission
The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, delivered his annual State of the Union speech and presented the EU plan on a number of institutional, economic and political reforms.

Events 
27/09: European Audiovisual Observatory Conference on media convergence – Brussels 
29/09: Workshop on the Promotion of European Works in Audiovisual Media Services – Brussels
27-28/11: Estonian Presidency conference on audiovisual content, technology and policy – Tallinn – more information here 

29-09-2017

UNIC policy update 13.09.2017

European Film Forum 
04/09: European Film Forum in Venice: Speech by EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel – European Commission

The newly appointed Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel shared her perspective on the current and future MEDIA programme.
02/09: The European Film Forum goes to Venice – European Commission

The European Film Forum (EFF) brought together industry representatives and policy makers to explore, on one hand, the industrial and societal effects of virtual reality and, on the other hand, to look ahead to the future of audiovisual policy and support programmes.

Copyright
04/09: EFADs call for a copyright framework to support film education, audiovisual heritage, and a fair, diverse and transparent online marketplace in the 21st century - EFADs

The European Film Agency Directors (EFADs) have launched a paper calling on Europe’s policy makers, the European Commission and leading audio-visual organisations to work together in ensuring a copyright framework is established that is fit for the industry and audiences in the 21st century.

Events
27/09: European Audiovisual Observatory Conference on media convergence - Brussels 29/09: Workshop on the Promotion of European Works in Audiovisual Media Services - Brussels27-28/11: European Film Forum in Tallinn - Estonia

13-09-2017

UNIC policy update 27.07.2017

Digital Single Market
11/07: Mariya Gabriel is the new Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society – European Commission
Mariya Gabriel has been appointed as the new Member of the European Commission for the Digital Economy and Society. Her candidacy was proposed by the Bulgarian Government as Commissioner to replace former Member of the Commission Kristalina Georgieva.

11/07: European Copyright: Parliament committees vote for an unwaivable right to fair remuneration for audiovisual authors – SAA 
The European Parliament Industry and Culture committees voted in favour of an unwaivable right to fair remuneration for authors and performers for the making available of their works. Supported by the European audiovisual authors’ community, such a remuneration right would ensure that screenwriters and directors receive royalties when their works are exploited on on-demand services, wherever in Europe, thanks to its collective mechanism. 

11/07: A loss for culture and research in today’s copyright votes by Pirate MEP Julia Reda – Julia Reda’s website
The Committee for Culture and Education (CULT) and the Committee for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) ceirtainly didn’t prioritize culture, education or research in today’s copyright votes, highlights MEP Julia Reda.

Audiovisual Media Services Directive 

/07:  Mandate to the Culture committee on a new directive on audiovisual media services – IRIS newsletter
The European Parliament gave a mandate to the Committee on Culture and Education to begin talks with the European Council on a new directive on audiovisual media services in view of changing market realities. 

Events 

8/09: Conference "Best practices in the fight against counterfeiting & piracy – the role and responsibility of advertising, logistic and financial service providers", Switzerland – more information here 

3/4/09: European Film Forum in Venice – more information here

27-07-2017