UNIC policy update 18/06/2021


    COVID-19: Cultural and Creative Sectors 

    03/06: 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.

    01/06: Commission's Guarantee Facility supports the cultural and creative sectors with €200M investment - EIF

    Triodos Bank to extend support for cultural and creative sectors with EU backing.

    COVID-19: EU response

    10/06: National recovery plans: historic opportunity for long-term sustainable growth – European Parliament

    The resolution on the ongoing evaluation of the national recovery plans submitted so far by EU member states was adopted. MEPs called on the Commission to only approve plans that fully meet the targets and goals agreed in the RRF regulation and to not bow to any political pressure.

    08/06: EU budget 2022: Speeding up Europe's recovery and progressing towards a green, digital and resilient future – European Commission

    The Commission has proposed an annual EU budget of €167.8 billion for 2022, to be complemented by an estimated €143.5 billion in grants under NextGenerationEU. Their combined firepower will mobilise significant investments to boost the economic recovery, safeguard sustainability, and create jobs.

    08/06: Press remarks by Commissioner Hahn on the draft annual EU budget for 2022 and on EU budget performance reporting – European Commission

    EU Digital COVID Certificate

    09/06: Parliament gives its final green light to the EU Digital COVID Certificate – European Parliament

    MEPs completed the legislative work on the EU digital COVID Certificate package to facilitate travel within the EU and contribute to the economic recovery.

    Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive

    14/06: Turning words into actions for European culture and authors – SAA Authors

    The pandemic crisis is best described as unpredictable. Its waves of COVID-19 infections left us insecure about the future. However, following the roll-out of vaccination, we can finally start to plan ahead. On the EU level, institutions are working on initiatives that could contribute to a more hopeful future for the cultural and creative sectors.

    04/06: New EU copyright rules that will benefit creators, businesses and consumers start to apply – European Commission

    Monday 7 June marked the deadline for Member States to transpose the new EU copyright rules into national law. The new Copyright Directive protects creativity in the digital age, bringing concrete benefits to citizens, the creative sectors, the press, researchers, educators and cultural heritage institutions across the EU.

    Media and Audiovisual Action Plan

    /06: Council of the EU: Conclusions to support the recovery and transformation of the European media, cultural and creative sectors – EAO Newsletter

    On 18 May 2021, the Council of the European Union approved conclusions to support the recovery and transformation of the European media sector. The conclusions respond to the Action Plan presented by the Commission on 3 December 2020.

    04/06: Recovery and future transformation of Europe’s media and audio-visual sectors – CULT Committee

    During its committee meeting on the 27 May, the CULT Committee held an exchange of views on an own-initiative report (INI) recommending ways towards recovery and deep transformation of the media and audio-visual sectors in Europe. During the exchange of views following the presentation of the draft report, questions were put forward to experts who prepared an accompanying research commissioned by Policy Department B at the European Parliament.

    Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act

    28/05: The DSA and DMA - a forward-looking and consumer-centered: workshop – IMCO Committee

    On 26 May, IMCO held a workshop on the Digital Services Act (DSA) and Digital Markets Act (DMA). The discussions of the workshop aim to feed into the DSA and the DMA reports of the IMCO committee, setting out the Parliament’s political response.

    LUX Audience Award 2021

    09/06: LUX Audience Award 2021 goes to Collective – European Parliament

    President David Sassoli awarded the 2021 LUX Audience Award to Collective during a ceremony in Strasbourg.


    21 – 22 June: CULT Committee meeting

    24 – 25 June: European Council

    28 June: Recovery Summit

    1 July: Slovenian Presidency

    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?”

     4 – 7 October: CineEurope 2021