UNIC policy update 07/07/2020


    COVID-19 - Cultural & creative sectors

    22/06: Long-term EU budget: MEPs slam cuts to culture and education – European Parliament

    The Culture and Education Committee criticised the cuts to education and cultural programmes made by the Commission in its new proposal for the 2021-2027 budget.

    03/07: European Cultural Creators Friendship Group Manifesto – Cultural Creators Friendship Group (CCFG)

    The group of 15 deputies, formed in February after the failure of the culture intergroup, published its manifesto on July 1. Adopted on June 3, it includes the promise of legislative proposals to better protect creators.

    01/07: Open Letter to the EU Commission and the Member States, demanding support for the Cultural and Creative Sectors, particularly cultural creators, affected by the COVID-19 crisis - Cultural Creators Friendship Group (CCFG)

    COVID-19 - EU response

    02/07: Statement by President von der Leyen on reaching a swift and ambitious agreement on the European recovery package – European Commission

    ‘Reaching a swift and ambitious agreement on the European recovery package is the EU's highest priority for the coming weeks’, says in the statement.

    30/06: Financing the recovery must not burden the next generation – European Parliament

    Ahead of the start of the German Council Presidency and of the 17 July European Council, Budgets Committee Chair Van Overtveldt set out Parliament’s position on the long-term EU budget.

    02/07: Investment Plan for Europe exceeds €500 billion investment target ahead of time – European Commission

    The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group have delivered on their pledge to mobilise €500 billion in investment under the Investment Plan for Europe. Some 1,400 operations have been approved under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), using a budget guarantee from the European Union and own resources from the EIB Group. They are expected to trigger close to €514 billion in additional investment across EU countries and to benefit some 1.4 million small and mid-sized companies.

    01/07: Commission launches Youth Employment Support: a bridge to jobs for the next generation – European Commission

    The Youth Employment Support package is built around four strands that together provide a bridge to jobs for the next generation: a reinforced youth guarantee, vocational education and training, a renewed impetus for apprenticeship, additional measures to support oyuth employment.

    02/07: State aid: Commission prolongs EU State aid rules and adopts targeted adjustments to mitigate impact of coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

    The European Commission has prolonged the validity of certain State aid rules which would otherwise expire at the end of 2020. In this context, and to take the effects of the current crisis into due consideration, the Commission, after consulting Member States, has decided to make certain targeted adjustments to the existing rules with a view to mitigate the economic and financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak on companies.

    29/06: State aid: Commission expands Temporary Framework to further support micro, small and start-up companies and incentivise private investments – European Commission

    The amendment extends the Temporary Framework to enable Member States to provide public support under the Temporary Framework to all micro and small companies, even if they were already in financial difficulty on 31 December 2019.

    EU Digital Services Act (DSA)

    30/06: Digital Services Act – deepening the internal market and clarifying responsibilities for digital services: Feedback from Google – European Commission

    Google welcomes the opportunity to submit feedback to the Commission’s Inception Impact Assessment.

    EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)

    03/07: Commission takes further steps to promote European audiovisual works and protect vulnerable viewers – European Commission

    The Commission adopted guidelines to help Member States implement the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive. The guidelines will offer a practical tool to ensure the promotion of European works in media content, thereby supporting cultural diversity and greater choice for European consumers. They will also help better protect users of video-on-demand and video-sharing platforms, particularly minors, against hate speech and harmful content.


    7 July: Press conference by Commissioner Paolo GENTILONI on the Summer Forecast

    8-10 July: European Parliament Plenary sitting, Brussels

    8 July: CW! Meeting with Vice-President Vestager’s Cabinet

    9 July: TBC new EU Council budgetary proposal

    9 July: EUROGROUP video conference

    10 July: Video conference of economic and financial affairs ministers

    15 July: Postponed CJEU opinion on the YouTube copyright case

    15/07: Audiovisual working group (Council)

    15/07: AV coalition meeting with Commissioner Breton's cabinet

    17-18 July: EU Council Summit

    8 September: Digital Services Act consultation deadline