UNIC policy update 06/05/2021


    COVID-19: Cultural and Creative Sectors 

    30/04: Coming months will be ‘vital to existence’ of Europe’s arts and culture industry, says industry alliance – The Parliament Magazine

    Warning comes in letter to European Commission from organisations representing culture sector, including organisers of large-scale live events.

    23/04: Last push for dedicated amount to the cultural and creative industries in the Recovery and Resilience National Plans – UNIC

    Europe needs a new #CulturalDealEU, a transversal, overarching framework to demonstrate the EU’s political commitment to place culture at the heart of the European project.

    COVID-19: EU response

    03/05: Recovery and Resilience Facility: Poland submits official recovery and resilience plan – European Commission

    01/05: Recovery and Resilience Facility: Belgium, Italy, Austria, and Slovenia submit official recovery and resilience plans – European Commission

    30/04: Recovery and Resilience Facility: Denmark, Spain, Latvia and Luxembourg submit official recovery and resilience plans – European Commission

    29/04: EU COVID-19 certificate must facilitate free movement without discrimination – European Parliament  

    Parliament adopted its negotiating position on the proposal for a certificate to reaffirm the right to free movement in Europe during the pandemic.

    29/04: Commission publishes analysis to highlight the quality of public administration as key success factor towards COVID-19 recovery and the green and digital transitions – European Commission

    The Commission has adopted its Staff Working Document “SUPPORTING PUBLIC ADMINISTRATIONS IN EU MEMBER STATES TO DELIVER REFORMS AND PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE”; it elaborates on the importance of public administrations for meeting EU’s objectives and on the Commission’s experience in helping them boost their performance and capabilities.

    23/04: Council reaffirms Team Europe's commitment to the global fight against the pandemic – Council of the EU

    The Council approved conclusions reaffirming Team Europe's full commitment to the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and its health, social, economic, humanitarian, security and political impacts.


    30/04: Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Apple on App Store rules for music streaming providers – European Commission

    The European Commission has informed Apple of its preliminary view that it distorted competition in the music streaming market as it abused its dominant position for the distribution of music streaming apps through its App Store. The Commission takes issue with the mandatory use of Apple's own in-app purchase mechanism imposed on music streaming app developers to distribute their apps via Apple's App Store.

    Digital tax

    29/04: MEPs lay out plans for a fairer tax system fit for the digital age – European Parliament

    Outdated international tax rules need to be overhauled, including a minimum effective corporate tax rate; the EU should go it alone if global negotiations fail.

    European Parliament

    29/04: EP group leaders’ statement on the Conference on the Future of Europe – European Parliament

    The Conference of Presidents recalls the importance of an adequate composition and role for the plenary of the Conference.


    30/04: Hungarian Cinemas Reopen for Immunity Certificate Holders – Film New Europe

    A wide range of services will reopen in Hungary, including cinemas, when the number of vaccinated people reaches 4 million, which is expected to be reached on 30 April 2021. 


    29/04: Slovenian Cinemas Choose Not to Reopen Under New COVID Restrictions – Film New Europe

    Slovenian cinemas refused to re-open after a recent decision of the Government to ease restrictions only till 2 May 2021. The only exception is Kinodvor, which re-opened on 26 April 2021.


    5 - 6 May: Presidency Conference on Culture, Cohesion and Social Impact
    10 May: CULT meeting
    10 – 11 May: JURI meeting
    17 – 20 May: European Parliament Plenary
    17 – 18 May: Consilium meeting of culture ministers
    26 May: EU Copyright Law: State of Play and Future Directions – Conference
    May 2021: Porto Social Summit