UNIC policy update 19/10/2020


    COVID-19: Creative & cultural sectors (CCS)

    06/10: InvestEU - 26 organisations call for support for the cultural and creative sectors (CCS) – UNIC website

    26 organisations from across Europe's cultural and creative sectors, including UNIC, have written to European Commissioners Thierry Breton (Internal Market) and Paolo Gentiloni (Economy) to urge the EU to ensure that the CCS will benefit from an appropriate level of support via InvestEU.

    COVID – 19 : EU response

    12/10: Coronavirus Dashboard: EU Cohesion Policy response to the coronavirus crisis – European Commission

    The Commission announces the first provisional results of the implementation of the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative (CRII) and Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative Plus (CRII+).

    09/10: COVID-19: Council agrees its position on the Recovery and Resilience Facility – Council of the EU

    With a financial envelope of €672.5 billion, the facility will support public investments and reforms and contribute to economic, social and territorial cohesion within the EU. It will help member states address the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic whilst ensuring that their economies undertake the green and digital transitions, becoming more sustainable and resilient.

    13/10: State aid: Commission prolongs and expands Temporary Framework to further support companies facing significant turnover losses – European Commission

    The European Commission has decided to prolong and 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. All sections of the Temporary Framework are prolonged for six months until 30 June 2021, and the section to enable recapitalisation support is prolonged for three months until 30 September 2021.

    07/10: European Commission to issue EU SURE bonds of up to €100 billion as social bonds – European Commission

    The European Commission announced that it will issue its forthcoming EU SURE bonds of up to €100 billion as social bonds. To that end, the Commission has adopted an independently evaluated Social Bond Framework. This Framework is meant to provide investors in these bonds with confidence that the funds mobilised will serve a truly social objective.

    EU Digital Services Act (DSA)

    15/10: Parliament to outline its priorities for the future Digital Services Act – European Parliament

    With the upcoming Digital Services Act (DSA), the European Union aims to shape the digital economy not only at EU level but also to be a standard-setter for the rest of the world, as it did with data protection. In two separate “legislative initiative” reports, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and the Legal Affairs committees call on the Commission to address and tackle current shortcomings in the online environment in its DSA package, due to be presented by the end of the year.

    16/10: Why does the EU want to regulate the platform economy? – European Parliament

    The platform economy brings benefits but also risks. Read about the issues the EU wants to solve with new rules and the solutions proposed by MEPs.

    07/10: IMCO Report: Improving the functioning of the Single Market – European Parliament
    Amendments available here.

    05/10: JURI Report: Adapting commercial and civil law rules for commercial entities operating online – European Parliament

    Amendments available here.

    Events :

    19-23 October: European Parliament Plenary, Brussels – vote on DSA reports in IMCO, LIBE and JURI 

    19 October: 18th EFARN (European Film Agency Research Network) meeting

    19 October: FAPAV/MIA webinar “After the lockdown, restarting legality together” 15.00

    20 October – Negotiations/Trilogue on the future Creative Europe Programme 

    20-22 October: EUIPO Observatory Working Group meetings

    26-27 October: European Parliament CULT Committee meeting

    26-27 October: European Parliament IMCO Committee meeting

    28 October: European Internet Forum event on geo-blocking

    2 December: European Commission legislative proposal for the Digital Services Act (DSA) – TBC

    Recent studies :

    EP JURI - The impact of algorithms for online content filtering or moderation : "Upload filters" - September 2020

    EAO - The European audiovisual industry in the time of COVID-19 - September 2020