UNIC policy update 04/04/2022



    16/03: CULT Exchange of Views on "The Russian War Against Ukraine" – European Parliament

    Given the dramatic situation in Ukraine, the CULT Committee put a thematic focus on Russia’s aggression in its forthcoming committee meeting on 15 March 2022.

    Cultural and creative industries and AI

    16/03: Commission publishes two studies to map the challenges and opportunities for cultural and creative sectors in the digital decade – European Commission

    Both studies aim to provide creative entrepreneurs, academics, national policy makers as well as EU policy makers with concrete ideas as well as avenues for further exploration.

    Digital Services Act

    21/03: IMCO Digital Services Act – European Parliament

    The third trilogue on the DSA took place on 15.03.2022 in the Council's premises. The EP Rapporteur, Christel Schaldemose (S&D), said: the DSA has been drafted and now negotiated in the context of two major crises: the global pandemic and now the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The crises have brought the shortcomings of the current framework to light, but they have also made it clear that we must not forget who we are and defend our values in the DSA.

    Digital Markets Act

    25/03: Digital Markets Act (DMA): agreement between the Council and the European Parliament – European Council

    The Council and the Parliament today reached a provisional political agreement on the Digital Markets Act (DMA), which aims to make the digital sector fairer and more competitive. Final technical work will make it possible to finalise the text in the coming days.

    25/03: Digital Markets Act: Commission welcomes political agreement on rules to ensure fair and open digital markets – European Commission

    The Commission welcomes the swift political agreement reached yesterday between the European Parliament and EU Member States on the Digital Markets Act (DMA). The regulation, agreed in slightly more than a year after it was proposed, is among the first initiatives of its kind to comprehensively regulate the gatekeeper power of the largest digital companies.


    22/03: NextGenerationEU: European Commission completes the second successful bond issuance in 2022 – European Commission

    The European Commission has today raised a further €10 billion in NextGenerationEU funds through its second bond syndication of 2022. The 10-year bond, due on 06 July 2032, brings the total financing raised under the programme to €91 billion. This placement will continue to support Europe's economic recovery under the Recovery and Resilience Facility and the other EU-budget programmes funded through NextGenerationEU.

    European Council

    25/03: Charles Michel re-elected president of the European Council – Council of the EU

    The European Council re-elected Charles Michel as its president for a second term of two and a half years, from 1 June 2022 to 30 November 2024. Charles Michel was also re-appointed as President of the Euro Summit for the same period.


    April 2022 - Adoption of Council conclusions on building a European Strategy for the Cultural and Creative Industries

    5-6 April - UKCA Conference

    25-28 April - CinemaCon 2022

    20-23 April - UNIC programme in Cannes, more details to follow

    20 May - EFF in Cannes - location and topic tbc

    21 May - European Audiovisual Observatory conference “Circulation of films – is there enough availability?”

    20-23 June - CineEurope 2022