UNIC policy update 14/04/2020


    COVID-19 & AV sector

    UNIC is collecting detailed information on the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on the cinema industry across the 38 territories it represents – please see public version here

    The research includes detailed information on national closure processes, support mechanisms, measures relating to employment, taxation, rent and related costs. as well as a selection of key box office figures shared by Comscore.

    07/04: Global Cinema Federation Calls for Unity and Support – Global Cinema Federation

    The Global Cinema Federation is committed to working with national and international institutions and partners through the weeks and months to come to ensure that cinemas survive this testing time and once again become the vibrant home of culture and community that they always have been.

    08/04: Joint Film and Audiovisual Sector COVID-19 Statement - UNIC

    The film and audiovisual sector in Europe calls for urgent action by EU and Member State decision-makers to safeguard the future of the sector in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, following in the footsteps of initial emergency measures announced at national level, including by film funds and other bodies.

    European Commission

    06/04: Coronavirus: Commission and European Investment Fund (part of EIB Group) unlock €8 billion in finance for 100,000 small and medium-sized businesses – European Commission

    The European Commission has unlocked €1 billion from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) that will serve as a guarantee to the European Investment Fund (EIF), part of the European Investment Bank Group. This will allow the EIF to issue special guarantees to incentivise banks and other lenders to provide liquidity to at least 100,000 European SMEs and small mid-cap companies hit by the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, for an estimated available financing of €8 billion.

    09/04: Coronavirus: Commission Statement on consulting Member States on proposal to further expand State aid Temporary Framework to recapitalisation measures – European Commission

    The European Commission has sent to Member States for consultation a draft proposal to further extend the scope of the State aid Temporary Framework adopted on 19 March 2020 to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.

    09/04: Remarks by Commissioner Gentiloni at the Eurogroup press conference – European Commission

    08/04: Coronavirus: Commission invites Member States to prolong restriction on non-essential travel to the EU until 15 May – European Commission

    The Commission invited Schengen Member States and Schengen Associated States to prolong the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU until 15 May. The experience of Member States and other countries exposed to the pandemic shows the measures applied to fight the spread of the virus require more than 30 days to be effective.

    European Parliament

    08/04: Sassoli to EU governments: Rise to the challenge. Find new shared ways to finance our recovery – European Parliament

    14/04: MEPs to discuss how to better protect consumers in times of COVID-19 – European Parliament

    The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee will discuss EU measures to protect consumers and safeguard their rights with Commissioner Didier Reynders.

    Council of the EU

    09/04: Report on the comprehensive economic policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic – Council of the EU

    The report includes the coordinated actions taken so far at the level of the Member States, the EU and the euro area and additional crisis response instruments to prepare the ground for the recovery.

    08/04: COVID-19: Council gives go-ahead to further use of cohesion resources – Council of the EU

    EU ambassadors agreed the Council’s position on a second package of measures in less than a month aimed at freeing up more money from EU structural funds for crisis-related operations. Given the unprecedented challenges facing member states, the proposed changes were endorsed without amendment in order to speed up the legislative process.

    Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU

    08/04: Ministers of Culture and Media discussed measures aimed at assisting the cultural and creative sector – EU 2020 HR

    Ministers of culture at a video conference examined the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemia on the cultural and creative sector and discussed possible measures for mitigating negative effects of the crisis.


    14 April: Commissioner Gabriel participates in a videoconference with EPP members of the European Parliament's Culture and Education Committee

    14 April: Extraordinary IMCO Committee meeting

    15 April: President von der Leyen to present an update on EU’s Coronavirus exit strategy

    15 April: Commissioner Gabriel participates in a high-level videoconference with chief scientific advisors, ministers and leaders of international partners on COVID-19

    15 April: Commissioner Kyriakides participates in a videoconference of the informal EPSCO Council organised by the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU

    16 April: Commissioner Kyriakides participates in a videoconference of the G7 Health Ministerial Coordination Meeting on COVID-19 developments

    16 April: High-level videoconference of Foreign Affairs Ministers

    16 April: High-level videoconference of Economics & Finance Ministers

    16-17 April: European Parliament Plenary 

    19 April: Commissioner Kyriakides participates in a teleconference of the G20 Health Ministers

    20-21 April: European Parliament JURI Committee meeting, Brussels

    Postponed IMCO reports – please see here

    23 April: EUROGROUP meeting to discuss EU economic recovery package and exit plan

    15 July: Postponed CJEU opinion on the YouTube copyright case

    Last modified on 14-04-2020