UNIC policy update 18/05/2021


    COVID-19: Cultural and Creative Sectors 

    10/05: Culture and Education committee backs new Erasmus+, Creative Europe and Solidarity Corps programmes – European Parliament

    Culture and Education MEPs adopted its recommendation for European Parliament to back the 2021-2027 editions of Erasmus+, Creative Europe and European Solidarity Corps.

    06/05: Music streaming and its impact on composers and songwriters.  Why we should fix streaming now - European Composer and Songwriter Alliance

    ECSA call both policy makers and all stakeholders in the music sector to promote a fairer and more transparent ecosystem for music streaming, which could finally benefit music creators, who are at the origin of all musical creations.

    COVID-19: EU response

    12/05: Spring 2021 Economic Forecast: Rolling up sleeves – European Commission

    The Spring 2021 Economic Forecast projects that the EU economy will expand by 4.2% in 2021 and by 4.4% in 2022. The euro area economy is forecast to grow by 4.3% this year and 4.4% next year.

    11/05: Next Generation EU: An opportunity in a crisis – The Parliament Magazine

    The EU recovery fund presents the ideal chance to create a more social and sustainable Europe in the future; let’s seize it, writes Dennis Radtke.

    05/05: Q&A on the EU COVID-19 certificate – European Parliament

    04/05: EU recovery plans must address gaps that the COVID-19 crisis has exposed – The Parliament Magazine

    More than strategies, we need actions to help EU industry regain its competitiveness, argues the EESC’s Stefano Mallia.


    /05: European Commission: 2019 Commitment Decision involving major film studios and Sky UK withdrawn – EAO Newsletter

    On 31 March 2021, the European Commission withdrew an important 2019 Commitment Decision which had made commitments binding a number of well-known film studios and the broadcaster Sky UK to address the Commission’s concerns regarding clauses in the studios' licensing contracts for pay-TV with Sky UK.

    Digital tax

    12/05: Statement by Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager following today's Court judgments on the Amazon and Engie tax State aid cases in Luxembourg – European Commission

    European LUX Award

    12/05: LUX audience week: opportunity to watch and vote for films online – European Parliament

    During the LUX Audience Week audiences across Europe are offered to watch the nominated films for the LUX Audience Award 2021 online for free on the LUX virtual cinema.

    Czech Republic

    10/05: State aid: Commission approves €1.9 billion Czech scheme to support companies in context of coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

    The European Commission has approved an approximately € 1.9 billion (CZK 50 billion) Czech scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework.


    17 – 20 May: European Parliament Plenary

    17 – 18 May: Consilium meeting of culture ministers – adoption of the conclusions on the Media and AV Action Plan

    21 May: Eurogroup meeting

    21 – 22 May: ECOFIN Meeting

    26 May: EU Copyright Law: State of Play and Future Directions – Conference

    26 May: European Parliament conference on the reopening of culture

    26 May: IMCO Committee

    26 – 27 May: JURI Committee

    27 May: CULT Committee – presentation of the MAAP draft report

    2 June: SAA Expert Seminar on the Copyright directive, Article 18

    4 June: Deadline for amendments on the MAAP report in the Culture committee

    1 July: Joint IPKat-BLACA-IFIM live webinar on CJEU YouTube/Cyando judgment