UNIC policy update 01/07/2021


    COVID – 19: Cultural and Creative Sectors

    18/06: 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.

    COVID-19: EU response

    25/06: Commission welcomes the adoption of €373 billion Cohesion policy legislative package 2021-2027 – European Commission

    The European Commission welcomes the adoption by the European Parliament of the political agreements on the Cohesion policy legislative package 2021-2027 of €373 billion and its signature by both co-legislators. This marks the final step of the legislative procedure and allows for an entry into force of the Cohesion legislation on 1 July.

    16/06: NextGenerationEU: Questions and answers on the Recovery and Resilience Facility – European Commission

    Member States prepare recovery and resilience plans that set out a coherent package of reforms and investment initiatives to be implemented up to 2026 and supported by the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF).

    EU Digital COVID Certificate

    14/06: COVID-19: Council updates recommendation on free movement restrictions – Council of the EU

    The Council adopted a recommendation amending the recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive

    22/06: CJEU rules on platform liability under copyright law, safe harbours, and injunctions – The IPKat

    Do platforms like YouTube and cyberlocker Uploaded directly perform copyright-restricted acts under Article 3 of the InfoSoc Directive? At what conditions is the hosting safe harbour under Article 14(1) of the Ecommerce Directive available? What may be the requirements for injunctions under Article 8(3) of the InfoSoc Directive?

    Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act

    21/06: Digital Services Act & Digital Markets Act: discussion on draft reports and public hearing – IMCO Committee

    Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee held its first discussion on the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act draft reports, followed by a public hearing.

    Media and AV Action Plan

    18/06: 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.

    Intellectual Property

    18/06: Council adopts conclusions on role of Intellectual Property in tackling Covid-19 pandemic – Council of the EU

    The Council approved conclusions on Intellectual Property (IP) policy. With these conclusions, ministers recall that IP is a major driver for innovation, competitiveness, economic growth and sustainable development, and a key enabler for knowledge and tech-transfer.


    22/06: Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into possible anticompetitive conduct by Google in the online advertising technology sector – European Commission

    The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Google has violated EU competition rules by favouring its own online display advertising technology services in the so called “ad tech” supply chain, to the detriment of competing providers of advertising technology services, advertisers and online publishers.


    1 July: Slovenian Presidency

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

    12 – 13 July: IMCO Committee meeting

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

     4 – 7 October: CineEurope 2021