UNIC policy update 25/06/2020


    COVID-19 - Cultural & creative sectors

    18/06: Investing in Europe’s next generation by investing in culture – UNIC

    As the EU has started discussing the proposed recovery plan, 99 organisations from across Europe’s cultural and creative sectors are uniting their voices to alert EU leaders: our sector needs strong and systemic support measures to recover from this crisis.

    08/06: Cinemas, COVID-19 and the EU Recovery Plan – UNIC blog

    With the cinema sector one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis, it’s crucial that both European and national decisionmakers put the industry front and centre in terms of support mechanisms and funding opportunities.

    COVID-19 - EU response

    19/06: Sassoli calls for action on recovery: "Our citizens expect bold action" – European Parliament

    Parliament President David Sassoli urged EU leaders to take action on Europe’s recovery in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. Sassoli addressed heads of state and government at the start of a video conference of the European Council on 19 June to discuss the recovery plan and the EU’s next long-term budget.

    19/06: COVID-19: Easing rules to encourage banks to lend to companies and households – European Parliament

    On 18 June, Plenary approved the “quick fix” to the capital requirement regulation (CRR) to temporarily ensure favourable conditions for banks. This will support credit flows to companies and households and absorb losses, mitigating the economic consequences of the COVID-19 lock-down.

    09/06: Q&A : Next Generation EU - Legal Construction – European Commission

    08/06: Coronavirus: EU grants €314 million to innovative companies to combat the virus and support recovery – European Commission

    The Commission announced that it has awarded nearly €166 million, via the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator Pilot, to 36 companies set to combat the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, over €148 million will be granted to another 36 companies set to contribute to the recovery plan for Europe, bringing the total investment from Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme, to €314 million in this round.

    European Parliament Plenary

    17/06: Speech by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary on the preparations for the European Council of 19 June 2020, and the negotiations for a new partnership with the United Kingdom – European Commission

    EU Digital Services Act (DSA)

    05/06: Amendments on JURI DSA Draft Report (1-229 & 230-490) – European Parliament

    Conference on the Future of Europe

    18/06: Conference on Future of Europe should start “as soon as possible in autumn 2020” – European Parliament

    Parliament urges the Council to “promptly come forward with a position on the format and organisation of the Conference” for citizens’ voices to be heard.


    26 June: United for a new Future – Creatives Unite conference

    1 July: Start of the German Presidency of the EU

    15 July: Postponed CJEU opinion on the YouTube copyright case

    Recent studies:

    PEC - Digital Culture - Consumer Tracking Study (Wave 4 of 6) - May 2020 
    Renaissance numérique - Réguler les plateforms numériques: Pourquoi? Comment? - May 2020


    Last modified on 26-06-2020