UNIC policy update 03/10/2019


    European Parliament

    17/09: Parliamentary leadership for the Digital Age – Parliament Magazine

    MEPs will have to become more digitally literate than ever before if the EU is to maintain its digital leadership, writes Pilar del Castillo.

    Digital Services Act

    18/09: A Digital Roadmap for the next five years – Parliament Magazine

    Europe’s policymakers should focus on encouraging tech firms and start-ups to be based here rather than seek confrontation, writes former ECR MEP Daniel Dalton

    EU Terrorist Content Regulation

    25/09: MEPs want internet firms to remove content promoting terrorism within an hour – European Parliament

    On 24 September, Parliament's civil liberties committee backed the position agreed by the Parliament before May's European elections on new EU rules to tackle the dissemination of online content promoting terrorism and approved the mandate to begin discussions with EU ministers.

    European Commission

    10/09: How Parliament votes the European Commission into office (infographic) – European Parliament

    MEPs will assess whether commissioner candidates can deliver on the challenges facing the EU in a series of public hearings.

    27/09: Answers from Commissioners-designate to Parliament’s written questions – European Parliament

    The Commissioners-designates’ answers to the written questions, posed by the Parliament’s committees, were received by Parliament.

    27/09: Monday's commissioner hearings: Šefčovič, Hogan, Gabriel - European Parliament

    Maroš Šefčovič (Slovakia), Phil Hogan (Ireland) and Mariya Gabriel (Bulgaria) are the first candidate commissioners who appeared in hearings at the Parliament on Monday 30 September.

    Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU

    26/09: High-level conference on gender equality: Finland wants to integrate gender equality more closely with The EU’s economic policy – eu2019.fi

    Finland organised a high-level gender equality conference in Helsinki from 30 September to 1 October 2019 in the context of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The aim of the conference was to increase the dialogue between gender equality policy and economic policy and to strengthen gender equality in the EU’s decision-making.


    20/09: Circular Plastics Alliance: 100+ signatories commit to use 10 million tons of recycled plastic in new products by 2025 - European Commission  

    The declaration lays out how the alliance will reach the target of 10 million tons of recycled plastic used to make new products every year in Europe, by 2025. This target was set by the European Commission in its 2018 Plastics Strategy, as part of its efforts to boost plastics recycling in Europe.

    Federation of European Film and TV Directors (FERA)

    Members of the Federation of European Film and TV Directors (FERA) from 27 countries gathered in Bucharest, Romania on September 20 to 22nd for its annual General Assembly.


    8 October: Commissioner-designate Margrethe Vestager hearing (ITRE/IMCO/ECON), Brussels
    30 September: Trilogue, Creative Europe Programme
    30 September: Extraordinary JURI Committee meeting, Brussels
    1 October: CULT Committee meeting, Brussels
    8 October: IMCO Committee meeting, Brussels
    15 October: First copyright stakeholder meeting
    16 October: CICI lunch w/ Sabine Verheyen & EPP MEPs, Brussels
    17 October: ITRE Committee meeting, Brussels
    1 November: European Commission comes into office
    4 November: UNIC/Europa Distribution/FERA/FIAD Screening, Brussels
    5-6 November: Voices of Culture Structured Dialogue on Gender Balance in the Cultural & Creative Sectors Dialogue Meeting with the European Commission, Brussels