UNIC policy update 02/06/2022


    Cannes Film festival

    STATEMENT - CONSTANT GARDENERS: The Realities of Today’s Film Sector in Europe
    Cannes, 24th May 2022 – Key players show their commitment to the art of cinema and its unique power and magic to move audiences, by stimulating their curiosity, by exploring other realities, emotions and concepts.
    UNIC – 24 May

    The European Commission meets audiovisual industry at the Cannes Film Festival
    Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton attends the Cannes Film Festival to meet representatives of the audiovisual industry, take stock of the EU support to the sector, and present his vision to build Europe’s cultural sovereignty.
    European Commission – 17 May

    General Assembly Of CICAE In Cannes: Board And Members Of The International Confederation Of Arthouse Cinemas Discuss Future Of Art House Exhibition
    For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, CICAE members and the Board of Directors reconvened again in person at the annual General Assembly. The gathering of the CICAE in Cannes was used to deliberate on how to further develop strategies to strengthen the visibility of film diversity in times of major market shifts, societal changes and the climate crisis, and how cinema can regain its role as a central cultural institution in urban areas.

    CICAE – 20 May

    Media and AV Action Plan

    EFF in Cannes 2022: Fostering Europe’s cultural autonomy through investment and IP exploitation: MediaInvest
    Taking place during the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, the European Film Forum (EFF) focused on how to secure European audiovisual competitiveness at global level, in particular through private investment in the sector, in a context of profound changes for the industry.
    European Commission - 20 May

    Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive

    Commission sends reasoned opinions to 13 Member States for failure to transpose CDSM Directive into national law
    Last week, the European Commission sent reasoned opinions to 13 Member States (Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, France, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden) for failure to notify the Commission of transposition measures on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market (Directive (EU) 2019/790) (CDSM Directive).
    Kluwer Copyright Blog - 28 May

    Copyright: Commission urges Member States to fully transpose EU copyright rules into national law
    Today, the Commission has decided to send reasoned opinions to Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia and Finland over their failure to notify the Commission of transposition measures on copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions (EU Directive 2019/789).
    European Commission – 19 May

    Audiovisual Media Services Directive

    Audiovisual Media Services Directive: Commission refers five Member States to the Court of Justice of the EU
    The European Commission has today decided to refer Czechia [INFR 2020/0510], Ireland [INFR 2020/0531], Romania [INFR 2020/0555], Slovakia [INFR 2020/0563] and Spain [INFR 2020/0521], to the Court of Justice of the European Union over the failure to transpose the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive (“AVMSD”, Directive (EU) 2018/1808), with a request to impose financial sanctions in accordance with Article 260(3) TFEU.
    European Commission – 19 May

    Investing in European works: the obligations on VOD providers
    Online services are cross-border per nature, at least from a technical standpoint. As such, VOD services can reach virtually any country on the planet, with no natural barriers or frequency shortage to prevent this. That is, if the law of the land allows it.
    EAO – 24 May


    8 June - LUX European Audience Film Award 2022 winner announcement in the European Parliament hemicycle in Strasbourg, France.

    14 June - UNIC & FIAD Screening - El Buen Patrón at Palace cinema, Brussels

    20-23 June - CineEurope 2022

    September 2022 - Stakeholders dialogue on access to content

    October 2022 - Hearing in CULT committee about the implementation of the Audiovisual Media and Services Directive

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