WARSAW: The Warsaw Film Festival announced the opening of submissions as of 1 April 2020.
VALLETTA: The Malta Producers Association applauded the decision to include the film and TV production industry in the government’s support measures. The MPA had worked on lobbying the government after its original plans excluded the industry.
KRAKOW: The organisers of the 60th Krakow Film Festival announced on 31 March, that the event will take place on the originally planned date of 31 May to 7 June 2020, but in the format of an online festival.
COVID-19 - Cultural and creative industries/AV sector
24/03: UNIC urges national government support for European cinemas during COVID-19 crisis – UNIC
The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) called on national governments to do all they can in the weeks and months to come to ensure that European cinemas are able to survive and overcome the unprecedented challenges that they face.
27/03: COVID-19 impact on culture: new funds must reach creative sectors immediately – European Parliament
The Chair of EP Committee on Culture and Education warns that the cultural and creative sectors have been ravaged by the impact of stringent public health measures.
26/03: Authors’ organisations joint statement on COVID-19 crisis - FERA
As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages our societies, including the cultural and creative sectors, authors’ organizations stand in solidarity with all those affected by the virus and \support measures taken to contain it.
COVID-19 – EU
28/03: Factsheet: EU Coronavirus response – overview – European Commission
26/03: COVID-19: Parliament approves crucial EU support measures – European Parliament
As part of the EU’s joint response to the COVID-19 outbreak, MEPs almost unanimously adopted three urgent proposals in an extraordinary plenary session.
26/03: Joint statement of the members of the European Council, 26 March 2020 – Council of the EU
Following the informal video conference on 26 March 2020, the members of the European Council adopted a statement on the EU actions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, EU enlargement, the earthquake in Croatia and the situation at the EU's external borders.
27/03: Coronavirus: Commission Statement on consulting Member States on the proposal to extend State aid Temporary Framework – European Commission
The European Commission has sent to Member States for consultation a draft proposal to extend the State aid Temporary Framework adopted on 19 March 2020 to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.
28/03: Statement from Commission President von der Leyen on proposals to fight the economic effects of the coronavirus crisis – European Commission
The European Council tasked the Eurogroup to come up with proposals within the next weeks. The Commission will participate in these discussions and stands ready to assist, if supported by the Eurogroup. This is required since the fiscal space for new instruments is limited as we are in the last year of the MFF.
20/03: Coronavirus: Commission proposes to activate fiscal framework's general escape clause to respond to pandemic – European Commission
The Commission proposes the activation of the general escape clause of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) as part of its strategy to respond quickly, forcefully and in a coordinated manner to the coronavirus pandemic.
25/03: State aid: Commission approves Italian State guarantee scheme to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak – European Commission
24/03: State aid: Commission approves €20 billion Spanish guarantee schemes for companies and self-employed affected by coronavirus outbreak – European Commission
24/03: State aid: Commission approves German direct grant scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak – European Commission
24/03: State aid: Commission approves German guarantee measure to further support economy in coronavirus outbreak – European Commission
25/03: State aid: Commission approves UK schemes to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak – European Commission
25/03: State aid: Commission approves €1.3 billion Danish scheme to compensate self-employed for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak – European Commission
23/03: State aid: Commission approves state support for €250 million Latvian subsidised loan scheme and loan guarantee scheme for companies affected by coronavirus outbreak – European Commission
21/03: State aid: Commission approves French schemes to support economy in Coronavirus outbreak – European Commission
30 March - 5 April: European Media Literacy Week
2 April: Draft IMCO Report on “Strengthening the Single Market: the future of free movement of services” to translation (MEP Lokkegaard)
3 April: Draft IMCO Report on “Digital Services Act – Improving the functioning of the Single Market” to translation (MEP Saliba)
20-21 April: European Parliament JURI Committee meeting, Brussels
5 May: Deadline for amendments, Draft IMCO Report on “Digital Services Act – Improving the functioning of the Single Market” (MEP Saliba)
5 May: Deadline for amendments, Draft IMCO Report on “Strengthening the Single Market: the future of free movement of services” (MEP Lokkegaard)
14 July: Committee vote, Draft IMCO Report on “Strengthening the Single Market: the future of free movement of services” (MEP Lokkegaard)
14 July: Committee vote, Draft IMCO Report on “Digital Services Act – Improving the functioning of the Single Market” (MEP Saliba)
15 July: Postponed CJEU opinion on the YouTube copyright case
WARSAW: 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. Click here for FNE UNIC EU Cinema Policy Update.
WARSAW: The 20th edition of the New Horizons IFF has extended the deadline for its discounted festival passes in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
BRUSSELS: Authors’ organisations have launched an appeal to decision-makers to include specific measures to help self-employed and freelance authors and support the Cultural and Creative industries heavily impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
VALLETTA: The Malta Producers Association (MPA) calls on the Tourism Minister and the Prime Minister to include the film and television industry in the support measures for sectors critically hit by COVID-19. The request was made in the form of a letter sent on 26 March 2020.
NICOSIA: Man of War by American/Greek director and producer Dimitri Logothetis continues its pre-production in Cyprus despite the COVID-19 situation.
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