UNIC policy update 03/06/2021


    COVID-19: Cultural and Creative Sectors 

    25/05:  Start together again from legality to support the film and AV industry - FAPAV

    Federation for the Protection of Audiovisual and Multimedia Content (FAPAV) has announced a communication initiative entitled "WE ARE STORIES" and entirely dedicated to the public of all ages to promote the protection of the audiovisual industry.

    25/05: The situation of artists and the cultural recovery in the EU – CULT Committee

    During its meeting on 27 May the Committee held an exchange of views on the own initiative report on The situation of artists and the cultural recovery in the EU (Rapporteur Monica Semedo, Renew) in the presence of invited experts from Culture Action Europe.

    COVID-19: EU response

    26/05: Q&A on the EU Digital Covid Certificate – European Parliament

    22/05: Remarks by Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis at the ECOFIN press conference – European Commission

    22/05: EU Economy and Finance Ministers discuss the road to recovery – 2021 Portugal

    The turning point from the pandemic crisis to the economic recovery was the topic of the meeting of EU Economy and Finance Ministers, who gathered in Lisbon for the informal ECOFIN meeting organised by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

    21/05: COVID-19: Coreper endorses political agreement on the EU digital COVID certificate to facilitate free movement – Council of the EU

    The Council’s Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) today gave its unanimous support to the political agreement reached with the European Parliament on 20 May on the EU digital COVID certificate.

    21/05: Remarks by Paschal Donohoe following the Eurogroup meeting of 21 May 2021 – Council of the EU

    Media and Audiovisual Action Plan

    27/05: Consensus on supporting the AV & film sector recover from the COVID-19 pandemic in Parliament – FIAD

    MEPs recalled the importance of supporting the European film and audiovisual sector recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, in a debate on the Report Media & Audiovisual Action Plan, under the responsibility of rapporteur Dace Melbarde (ECR, LV).

    21/05: Council conclusions on ʻEurope’s Media in the Digital Decade: An Action Plan to Support Recovery and Transformation’ & Creative Europe – UNIC

    The Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council took place on 17-18 May 2021 and adopted its conclusions on ʻEurope’s Media in the Digital Decade: An Action Plan to Support Recovery and Transformation’.

    18/05: Council conclusions: Recovery and transformation of Europe’s media – Council of the EU

    The Council has approved conclusions to support the recovery and transformation of the European media sector.

    Creative Europe MEDIA

    26/05: Creative Europe: Over €2 billion to support the recovery, resilience and diversity of cultural and creative sectors – European Commission

    The Commission has today launched new actions to support the cultural and creative sectors in Europe and beyond, following the adoption of the work programme for the first year of the Creative Europe 2021-2027 programme.

    20/05: EU boost for culture – European Parliament

    MEPs have approved the biggest ever budget for the EU's culture and creative sectors - €2.5 billion for 2021-2027.

    Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act

    26/05: Joint Position on the proposed EU Digital Services Act – UNIC

    The European Commission’s proposal is a good start, but it leaves some critical gaps. Closing these gaps is the only way to ensure that the DSA achieves its stated policy goals, including providing a future proof and resilient legislative framework.

    25/05: European Media encourages swift adoption of Digital Markets Act with targeted improvements & a clear focus on gatekeepers – ACT

    Europe’s media sector, represented by the undersigned organisations, welcomes the Commission’s proposal on the Digital Markets Act (DMA) as a much needed and urgent step towards establishing a fair, balanced and contestable digital market.

    Czech Republic

    28/05: State aid: Commission approves €7.9 million Czech scheme to support workers and companies in audiovisual sector in context of coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

    The public support will take the form of direct grants. The amount of aid will be calculated on the basis of lost income, as well as costs borne by producers and distributors that cannot be recouped. The purpose of the measures is to mitigate the impact on the beneficiaries of the restrictive measures that the Czech government had to impose to limit the spread of coronavirus, and to help them resume their activities after the outbreak.


    27/05: State aid: Commission approves €5.3 million Estonian scheme to support film producers and distributors and cinemas in the context of the coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

    The European Commission has approved an Estonian scheme to support film producers and distributors, as well as cinemas affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

    Recent Studies

    EAO - Key trends in the European audiovisual sector: all the key figures to imagine the post-COVID world - May 2021


    3 June: JURI Committee meeting

     3 June: “A decade of Netflix in Europe: Lessons from a small media market” conference

     3 – 4 June: Europeana Conference “Towards recovery: digital capacity building in the Cultural Heritage sector”

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

     7 – 10 June: European Parliament Plenary

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

     13 July: European Audiovisual Observatory Cannes conference “A year under COVID: accelerating the production shift from cinema to sofa?”

    Last modified on 03-06-2021