UNIC policy update 29/05/2020


    COVID-19 - EU response

    19/05: EU Ministers of Culture and Audiovisual discussed the impact of COVID-19 crisis on the cultural and creative sectors – EU2020HR

    The videoconference focused on the consequences that the COVID-19 crisis continues to have on the cultural and creative sectors. The ministers shared their plans regarding next steps that should be taken in the context of re-opening of cultural venues and restart of artistic events and productions.

    20/05: European Semester Spring Package: Recommendations for a coordinated response to the coronavirus pandemic – European Commission

    The Commission has proposed today country-specific recommendations (CSRs) providing economic policy guidance to all EU Member States in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, focused on the most urgent challenges brought about by the pandemic and on relaunching sustainable growth.

    Remarks from Vice-President Dombrovskis & Commissioner Gentiloni.

    18/05: Covid-19: the EU plan for the economic recovery – European Parliament

    The EU is preparing massive investments to support people and businesses as Europe battles a deep economic recession due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

    19/05: COVID-19: Council adopts temporary support to mitigate unemployment risks in an emergency (SURE) – Council of the EU

    The Council today adopted SURE, a temporary scheme which can provide up to €100 billion of loans under favourable terms to member states. The instrument enables member states to request EU financial support to help finance the sudden and severe increases of national public expenditure, as from 1 February 2020, related to national short-time work schemes and similar measures, including for self-employed persons, or to some health-related measures, in particular at the work place in response to the crisis.

    Digital Services Act

    /05: The legal framework for e-commerce in the Internal Market – EP Research Service

    The study presents an overview of the current state of play in the area of e-commerce. It discusses the existing legislative framework of the Digital Single Market as well as the technology driven changes of market and economy that have taken place over the last twenty years. The analysis identifies areas prone to producing a positive reaction to legislative intervention.

    EU Eastern Partnership policy

    11/05: Eastern Partnership policy beyond 2020: Council approves conclusions – Council of the EU

    The Council approved conclusions on the Eastern Partnership policy beyond 2020, reaffirming its strategic importance, and the joint commitment to building a common area of shared democracy, prosperity and stability.


    17 & 18 June: CineEurope Online convention – Registration is open

    May/June: EU public consultation on Digital Services Act (postponed)

    15 July: Postponed CJEU opinion on the YouTube copyright case

    Recent Studies

    Renaissance numérique - Réguler les plateforms numériques: Pourquoi? Comment? - May 2020
    OECD - Evaluating the impact of COVID-19 containment measures on economic activity - April 2020
    EAO - Admissions to European films outside Europe dropped by 15% in 2018 due to lack of European blockbusters in China - March 2020