UNIC policy update 22/02/2019


    EU Copyright Directive

    13/02: Agreement reached on digital copyright rules – European Parliament

    Creatives and news publishers will be empowered to negotiate with internet giants thanks to a deal reached on copyright rules which also contains safeguards on freedom of expression.

    13/02: EU copyright rules adjusted to the digital age – European Council

    The EU is amending its copyright legal framework to make it fit-for-purpose in today's digital environment. Representatives of the Romanian presidency of the Council  reached a provisional agreement with the European Parliament on a draft directive that introduces changes to existing EU copyright rules as part of creating a true EU digital single market.

    13/02: Digital Single Market: EU negotiators reach a breakthrough to modernise copyright rules – European Commission

    The European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the Commission found a political agreement to make the copyright rules fit for digital era in Europe and bring tangible benefits to all creative sectors, the press, researchers, educators, cultural heritage institutions, and citizen.

    EU Platform-to-Business Regulation

    14/02: Online platforms required by law to be more transparent with EU businesses – European Parliament

    EU lawmakers agreed on a set of measures to halt unfair practices in the digital market. More than a million EU enterprises trade via platforms to reach their customers.

    14/02: Questions and answers – EU negotiators agree to set up new European rules to improve fairness of online platforms’ trading practices – European Commission

    EU Elections 2019

    18/02: First seat projections for the next European Parliament – European Parliament

    Parliament released the first seat projections, based on a cross-section of national polls, for the composition of the next (9th) European Parliament.

    Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU 

    12/02: Romanian EU Council Presidency: Presenting a united front – The Parliament Magazine

    The Romanian EU Council Presidency comes at a time of multiple challenges for Europe, writes Claudia Ţapardel.


    19-20 March: EP Creative Week

    25 March: EU SatCab Directive - European Parliament plenary sitting

    25-28 March: EU Single Use Plastics Directive - European Parliament plenary sitting

    8-12 April: EUIPO Working Group meetings