UNIC policy update 02/04/2019


    EU Copyright Directive

    27/03: European Parliament approves new copyright rules for the internet – European Parliament

    Creatives and news publishers will be empowered to negotiate with internet giants thanks to new copyright rules which also contain safeguards on freedom of expression.

    26/03: Texts adopted (provisional edition): Copyright in the Digital Single Market – European Parliament

    Full text of the European Parliament legislative resolution of 26 March 2019 on the proposal for a

    directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright in the Digital Single Market.

    27/03: Questions and Answers on issues about the digital copyright directive – European Parliament

    This Q and A provides answers to some of the more regularly raised issues regarding the directive on copyright in the digital single market. 

    26/03: Copyright reform: the Commission welcomes European Parliament's vote in favour of modernised rules fit for digital age – European Commission

    The European Parliament voted in favour of the new Copyright Directive designed to bring tangible benefits to citizens, all creative sectors, the press, researchers, educators, and cultural heritage institutions.

    Creative Europe Programme 2021-2027

    28/03: Creative Europe: Parliament votes for mobility of artists and circulation of works – European Parliament

    MEPs voted on Thursday to double the budget of the 2021-2027 Creative Europe programme and to enhance international circulation of works, supporting better mobility for artists. 

    28/03: Cultural and creative sectors contribute to youth employment and to social cohesion, says S&D MEP Silvia Costa – S&D Group

    The European Parliament backed the report drafted by S&D MEP Silvia Costa to strengthen the Creative Europe programme for the period 2021 to 2027.

    EU Broadcasting Directive

    28/03: More online radio and news broadcasts across borders – European Parliament

    Plenary approved on Thursday the new rules facilitating online broadcasting of current affairs and radio programmes across the EU. 

    28/03: Commission welcomes European Parliament's vote on new rules facilitating access to online TV and radio content across borders – European Commission

    Following the European Parliament's approval of modernised copyright rules earlier this week, today the Parliament endorsed another crucial piece of legislation to make the copyright rules fit for the digital age. The Commission welcomes the positive vote for the Directive that will simplify cross-border distribution and retransmission of television and radio programmes. 

    28/03: Questions and answers: Directive on television and radio programmes – European Commission

    This Q and A provides answers to some of the more regularly raised issues regarding the directive on television and radio programmes.

    EU Single-use Plastics Directive

    27/03: Parliament seals ban on throwaway plastics by 2021 – European Parliament

    Parliament approved a new law banning single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws and cotton buds sticks. 

    27/03: Circular Economy: Commission welcomes European Parliament adoption of new rules on single–use plastics to reduce marine litter – European Commission

    The European Parliament agreed on the ambitious measures proposed by the Commission to tackle marine litter coming from the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on European beaches, as well as abandoned fishing gear and oxo-degradable plastics.

    Group positions & responses: EPP GroupS&D GroupECR Group

    EU Elections 2019

    29/03: Projections of seats of next Parliament – European Parliament

    In collaboration with Kantar Public, Parliament’s Public Opinion Monitoring Unit is allocating projected seats calculated on the basis of voting intentions polls from each member state to Parliament´s currently existing political groups.

    Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU 

    27/03: Ensuring young people’s access to culture and supporting creativity – important priorities for the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council – Romania2019.eu

    The conference placed an emphasis on the importance of encouraging young people’s creativity at European level, as a prerequisite for facilitating their insertion on the labour market, and also for enhancing social inclusion, active citizenship and civic responsibility. 

    European Audiovisual Observatory

    28/03: European Audiovisual Observatory announces this year’s Cannes conference! - EAO

    The conference will look at how today’s European films are financed. Who are the new financial players? How does public policy channel money into film funds and financing mechanisms? How is the structure of film financing in Europe changing?


    27/03: InvestEU: EU ambassadors confirm common understanding reached with Parliament – Council of the EU

    EU ambassadors confirmed the common understanding reached by the Romanian Presidency and the European Parliament on InvestEU, which will bring together under one programme 14 different financial instruments currently available to support investment in the EU.


    8-12 April: EUIPO Working Group meetings, Alicante

    24 April (TBC): EU Terrorist Content Regulation Committee Vote (LIBE)

    23-26 May: EU Elections

    17-20 June: CineEurope 2019, Barcelona – Register here!

    Recent Studies

    EUIPO – Trends in Trade in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods – March 2019European Audiovisual Observatory – Mapping of national rules for the promotion of European works in Europe – February 2019Göteborg Film Festival - 6th Nostradamus Report – “Relevance in a New Reality” - February 2019 Institute for Information Law (IViR) - Film Financing and the Digital Single Market: its Future, the Role of Territoriality and New Models of Financing - January 2019