FNE and UNIC Present EU Cinema Policy News

FNE has teamed up with the Brussels based team of the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) to bring you regular updates on EU cinema policies that impact all industry professionals across Europe.

Each two weeks the UNIC team of experts will update FNE readers with a selection of information on the most important developments in cinema policy in the areas of the Digital Single Market, copyright, new research on audience development, policy meetings and events and other vital information that the leaders of the European cinema need to keep abreast of to do their jobs.

These are issues that have an impact on all of us and will determine the future direction of our industry and indeed even its survival.

UNIC policy update 06/05/2021

COVID-19: Cultural and Creative Sectors 

30/04: Coming months will be ‘vital to existence’ of Europe’s arts and culture industry, says industry alliance – The Parliament Magazine

Warning comes in letter to European Commission from organisations representing culture sector, including organisers of large-scale live events.

23/04: Last push for dedicated amount to the cultural and creative industries in the Recovery and Resilience National Plans – UNIC

Europe needs a new #CulturalDealEU, a transversal, overarching framework to demonstrate the EU’s political commitment to place culture at the heart of the European project.

COVID-19: EU response

03/05: Recovery and Resilience Facility: Poland submits official recovery and resilience plan – European Commission

01/05: Recovery and Resilience Facility: Belgium, Italy, Austria, and Slovenia submit official recovery and resilience plans – European Commission

30/04: Recovery and Resilience Facility: Denmark, Spain, Latvia and Luxembourg submit official recovery and resilience plans – European Commission

29/04: EU COVID-19 certificate must facilitate free movement without discrimination – European Parliament  

Parliament adopted its negotiating position on the proposal for a certificate to reaffirm the right to free movement in Europe during the pandemic.

29/04: Commission publishes analysis to highlight the quality of public administration as key success factor towards COVID-19 recovery and the green and digital transitions – European Commission

The Commission has adopted its Staff Working Document “SUPPORTING PUBLIC ADMINISTRATIONS IN EU MEMBER STATES TO DELIVER REFORMS AND PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE”; it elaborates on the importance of public administrations for meeting EU’s objectives and on the Commission’s experience in helping them boost their performance and capabilities.

23/04: Council reaffirms Team Europe's commitment to the global fight against the pandemic – Council of the EU

The Council approved conclusions reaffirming Team Europe's full commitment to the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and its health, social, economic, humanitarian, security and political impacts.

Antitrust

30/04: Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Apple on App Store rules for music streaming providers – European Commission

The European Commission has informed Apple of its preliminary view that it distorted competition in the music streaming market as it abused its dominant position for the distribution of music streaming apps through its App Store. The Commission takes issue with the mandatory use of Apple's own in-app purchase mechanism imposed on music streaming app developers to distribute their apps via Apple's App Store.

Digital tax

29/04: MEPs lay out plans for a fairer tax system fit for the digital age – European Parliament

Outdated international tax rules need to be overhauled, including a minimum effective corporate tax rate; the EU should go it alone if global negotiations fail.

European Parliament

29/04: EP group leaders’ statement on the Conference on the Future of Europe – European Parliament

The Conference of Presidents recalls the importance of an adequate composition and role for the plenary of the Conference.

Hungary

30/04: Hungarian Cinemas Reopen for Immunity Certificate Holders – Film New Europe

A wide range of services will reopen in Hungary, including cinemas, when the number of vaccinated people reaches 4 million, which is expected to be reached on 30 April 2021. 

Slovenia

29/04: Slovenian Cinemas Choose Not to Reopen Under New COVID Restrictions – Film New Europe

Slovenian cinemas refused to re-open after a recent decision of the Government to ease restrictions only till 2 May 2021. The only exception is Kinodvor, which re-opened on 26 April 2021.

Events

5 - 6 May: Presidency Conference on Culture, Cohesion and Social Impact
 
10 May: CULT meeting
 
10 – 11 May: JURI meeting
 
17 – 20 May: European Parliament Plenary
 
17 – 18 May: Consilium meeting of culture ministers
 
26 May: EU Copyright Law: State of Play and Future Directions – Conference
 
May 2021: Porto Social Summit

06-05-2021

UNIC policy update 13/04/2021

COVID-19: EU response

9/04: COVID-19: Council approves additional funding from the EU budget – Council of the EU

The Council today approved additional funding from the EU budget, amounting to €121.5 million, to address urgent needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

6/04: EU Cohesion policy: first REACT-EU support measures for recovery and transition approved for the Netherlands and Austria – European Commission

The Commission approved the first decisions under REACT-EU (Recovery Assistance for Cohesion and the Territories of Europe) involving a modification of four operational programmes for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the Netherlands and Austria that will increase the funding available for investments by nearly €262 million from REACT-EU. The Netherlands and Austria thus become the first EU countries to make use of REACT-EU.

6/04: Estonian and Lithuanian micro-enterprises to receive European support with Finora Capital – European Commission

More support will become available for micro-enterprises in Estonia and Lithuania that are facing the economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis. A new transaction between the European Investment Fund (EIF) and financial intermediary Finora Capital is expected to support at least 100 micro borrowers in these two countries.

30/03: Commission disburses further €13 billion under SURE to six Member States – European Commission

The European Commission has disbursed €13 billion to six EU Member States in the sixth instalment of financial support under the SURE instrument. This is the third disbursement in 2021. As part of today's operations, Czechia has received €1 billion, Belgium €2.2 billion, Spain €4.06 billion, Ireland €2.47 billion, Italy €1.87 billion and Poland €1.4 billion.

30/03: SURE: Commission proposes additional €3.7 billion to six Member States to protect jobs and incomes – European Commission

The proposals follow formal requests for additional financial assistance under SURE submitted by Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania and Malta on top of the support that the Council has already approved.

Streaming platforms

12/04: European Producers Club Issues Code of Fair Practices for VOD Services – Film New Europe

The Paris-based European Producers Club (EPC) has issued a Code of Fair Practices for VOD services, aiming at establishing basic parameters to be applied to VOD Services’ contracts when commissioning feature films, TV series and other audiovisual works from independent production companies.

Antitrust

31/03: Antitrust: Commission withdraws 2019 decision making commitments binding on Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and Sky UK and closes proceedings – European Commission

European Commission

9/04: Commission opens first European Innovation Council calls worth €1 billion – European Commission

The funding worth over €1 billion aims to help scale up start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses that have the potential to achieve high impact. While over half of the funding is open to breakthrough innovations in any field, €495 million are earmarked for innovations that support the European Green Deal as well as digital and health technologies.

Events

12 -15 April: EP Committees meetings (LIBE, JURI, IMCO)
 
16 April: Informal video conference of Economic and Finance Ministers (ECOFIN)
 
16 April: Eurogroup meeting
 
19 April: CULT meeting
 
22 April: EAO Webinar: Gatekeepers in the DSA Package: What about VoD?
 
26 – 29 April: European Parliament Plenary
 
26 May: EU Copyright Law: State of Play and Future Directions – Conference
 
May 2021: Porto Social Summit

13-04-2021

UNIC policy update 31/03/2021

COVID – 19: Cultural and Creative Sectors

19/03: Include Culture in Your National Recovery Strategies and Reactivate Cultural Life - UNIC

Following the open letter published by 110+ pan-European networks on 30 October 2020 “Make culture central in the EU recovery”, the group comes together again to reiterate their call to the national governments and the European Commission.

COVID-19: EU response

25/03: Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Michel, following the videoconference of the members of the European Council – European Commission

25/03: Post-pandemic Europe: High-level expert group advises to learn from innovation and boost key ecosystems – European Commission

In their second Policy Brief ‘Transformation post-COVID: Mobilising Innovation for People, Planet and Prosperity’, the independent ESIR expert group proposes a ‘protect-prepare-transform’ design approach that focusses on applying key learnings from the pandemic and ensuring transitions that are just and that embody the European Commission’s new social, green, and digital pathways for an innovative and resilient post-pandemic Europe.

25/03: MEPs clear another hurdle for the COVID-19 recovery plan – European Parliament

MEPs approved three laws on implementing the EU’s Own Resources system, paving the way for its reform and the introduction of new sources of EU revenue.

25/03: Statement of the members of the European Council – Council of the EU

Following the informal video conference on 25 March 2021, the members of the European Council adopted a statement on COVID-19, single market, industrial policy, digital and the economy, the Eastern Mediterranean and Russia.

16/03: Remarks by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis at the informal ECOFIN press conference – European Commission

16/03: Commission disburses further €9 billion under SURE to seven Member States – European Commission

The European Commission has disbursed today €9 billion to seven EU Member States in the fifth instalment of financial support to Member States under the SURE instrument. This is the second disbursement in 2021. As part of today's operations, Czechia has received €1 billion, Spain €2.87 billion, Croatia €510 million, Italy €3.87 billion, Lithuania €302 million, Malta €123 million and Slovakia €330 million.

Council of the EU

25/03: Remarks by President Charles Michel following the video conference of the members of the European Council of 25 March 2021 – Council of the EU

Estonia

25/03: Estonian Government Supports Cultural Sector With 42 m EUR – Film New Europe

The Estonian government has announced a 42 m EUR support package for the struggling cultural sector. The film sector will receive 5.3 m EUR, of which 3.3 million EUR is earmarked for cinemas and film distributors. The remaining 2 m EUR goes to film productions.

Latvia

17/03: Commission approves €3 million Latvian scheme to support cultural institutions affected by coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

The aim of the scheme is to mitigate the sudden liquidity shortages that these companies are facing due to the restrictive measures implemented by the Latvian government to limit the spread of the virus. The support will take the form of direct grants. The measure is open to companies active in the country's cultural sector.

Events

31 March: Virtual Talk "Capital Markets Union: Financing the post-Covid recovery"

26 May: EU Copyright Law: State of Play and Future Directions – Conference
 
May 2021: Porto Social Summit

31-03-2021

UNIC policy update 17/03/2021

International Union of Cinemas (UNIC)

08/03: UNIC Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme: Call for applications open - UNIC

UNIC is delighted to announce that the call for applications for the 5th edition of the UNIC Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme is now open.

COVID-19: EU response

10/03: European Commission raises further €9 billion under SURE via second issuance in 2021 – European Commission

The European Commission has issued a €9 billion single tranche bond due in June 2036 under its EU SURE programme to protect jobs and workers, and to mitigate the severely negative socio-economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

09/03: Parliament adopts InvestEU programme for strategic and innovative investments – European Parliament

MEPs adopted the new InvestEU programme, which will mobilise public and private investments and guarantees simplified access to financing.

09/03: Commission welcomes European Parliament's approval of InvestEU – European Commission

The European Commission welcomes the European Parliament's vote, confirming the political agreement on InvestEU reached in December 2020.

03/03: Remarks by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis on the updated approach to the fiscal policy response to the coronavirus pandemic – European Commission

01/03: Senior MEP voices concern over role EU regions will play in Coronavirus recovery plan – The Parliament Magazine

Specifically, Ferber, a German member, accuses EU Member States of failing to comply with the Parliament’s demand that cities and regions are fully consulted about the way the flagship plan is put into practice at local level.

Digital tax

10/03: Better cooperation between national authorities on taxation of digital trading – European Parliament

MEPs recommended changes to draft legislation aiming to trace and tax the sales that people make through online platforms more effectively.

Poland

11/03: State aid: Commission approves €1.1 billion Polish scheme to further support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

The European Commission has approved a €1.1 billion (PLN 5 billion) Polish scheme to support companies in various sectors affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Events:

17 – 18 March: IMCO Meeting

18 March: Transparency of content moderation – EAO Webinar

23-26 March: EUIPO working groups

23 March: Rebuilding Europe: what happens next? Conference

May 2021: Porto Social Summit

17-03-2021

UNIC policy update 03/03/2021

COVID-19: EU response

25/02: Sassoli on the pandemic: “There can be no return to how things were before” – European Parliament

David Sassoli called on EU leaders to continue the common approach to Covid-19 vaccines in a speech to the European Council.

25/02:  Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Michel, following the videoconference of the members of the European Council – Council of the EU

22/02: Economic policy priorities for a post-pandemic recovery – European Parliament

A high-profile panel warned of the economic difficulties stemming from the pandemic, whilst noting that this crisis could offer the chance to rebuild EU economies.

16/02: Remarks by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis at the informal ECOFIN press conference – European Commission

Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive

17/02: TDM exceptions and trust in AI - Kluwer Copyright Blog

Will the text and data mining (TDM) exceptions, introduced in arts 3 and 4 of the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (DSM Directive) and currently being implemented by the EU Member States, serve its purpose of promoting the development of AI technologies or will they remain (another) set of meaningless black letter rules?

16/02: Five considerations for the transposition and application of Article 17 of the DSM Directive - IPKat

Nearly two years have passed since the adoption of the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market 2019/790 (DSM Directive). As it was probably bound to happen, the discussion of its content – notably of its Article 17 – is no less heated now than in 2016-2019, that is the period between the release of the Commission’s original Proposal and the adoption of this piece of EU copyright legislation.

Czech Republic

24/02: State aid: Commission approves €115 million Czech rent compensation scheme to support businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

The European Commission approved an approximately €115 million (CZK 3 billion) Czech scheme to support retail businesses and service companies which are using rented premises and whose activities were limited or not allowed to be carried out in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.

Estonia

26/02: Commission proposes to provide €230 million to Estonia under SURE – European Commission

The European Commission has today presented a proposal to the Council for a decision to grant €230 million in financial support to Estonia under the SURE instrument.

Poland

22/02: Poland Proposes Advertising Revenues Levy – Film New Europe

The Polish government has proposed a levy on advertising revenues aimed mainly at multinationals operating in Poland that pay only a small fraction of their revenues in the form of corporate income tax. The tax will not apply to smaller, local or regional media.

Recent studies:

European Parliament - Cultural and creative sectors in post COVID-19 Europe - February 2021

Events:

1 – 5 March: Berlinale’s European Film Market

4 March: ITRE Committee on the Digital Services Act

8 – 11 March: European Parliament Plenary

10 March: Virtual stakeholder meeting on the new Creative Europe MEDIA

11 March: European Audiovisual Observatory Advisory Board meeting

12 March: Informal video conference of Home Affairs Ministers

15 March: Eurogroup

15 -16 March: CULT Meeting

17 – 18 March: IMCO Meeting

03-03-2021

UNIC policy update 17/02/2021

COVID-19: EU response

12/02: Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Sassoli and Portuguese Prime Minister Costa on the Recovery and Resilience Facility – European Commission

11/02: EU recovery package: Council adopts Recovery and Resilience Facility – Council of the EU

The Council adopted a regulation establishing the Recovery and Resilience Facility, which lies at the heart of the EU’s recovery plan. It will make €672.5 billion in grants and loans available for public investment and reforms in the 27 member states to help them address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, to foster the green and digital transitions and to build resilient and inclusive societies.

11/02: Remarks by Commissioner Gentiloni at the press conference on the Winter 2021 Economic Forecast – European Commission

10/02: MEPs call on ECB to prepare for looming economic difficulties – European Parliament

MEPs urge the European Central Bank to consider different policy measures to those currently in place to stimulate the EU economy, which faces darkening prospects.

10/02: Questions and answers: The Recovery and Resilience Facility – European Commission

04/02: Covid-19 recovery: how the main EU instrument will work – European Parliament

The €672.5 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility is the key tool in the EU's Covid-19 recovery plan to support reforms in response to the crisis.

Copyright enforcement

11/02: Participants in the virtual conference on "The Intellectual Property Metamorphosis in the Age of Digital Transition" – 2021 Portugal EU

With four panels and numerous participants, the aim of the encounter was to debate the topics directly related to industrial property.

EU Digital Services Act (DSA) & Digital Markets Act (DMA)

10/02: Regulate social media platforms to defend democracy, MEPs say – European Parliament

In a debate with Secretary of State for European Affairs Ana Paula Zacarias from the Portuguese Presidency of the Council, and Commission Vice-President Věra Jourová, almost all speakers criticised the vast power of social media platforms and their worrying impact on politics and freedom of speech.

/02: Proposal for a Regulation on contestable and fair markets in the digital sector (Digital Markets Act) – EAO Newsletter

The European Commission published the eagerly-awaited Proposal for a Regulation on contestable and fair markets in the digital sector (Digital Markets Act) (DMA). The DMA builds upon the Platform-to-Business Regulation 2019 and its purpose is to target very large online platforms which act as gatekeepers between business users and end users, and which have a major impact and substantial control on the access to certain digital markets.

/02: Proposal for a Regulation on a Single Market For Digital Services (Digital Services Act, DSA) – EAO Newsletter

The European Commission published the much-anticipated Proposal for a Regulation on a Single Market For Digital Services (Digital Services Act, DSA). The proposed DSA introduces a harmonised set of new rules for digital services, including social media, online market places, and other online platforms that operate in the European Union.

Streaming Platforms

15/02: EU Filmmakers Call on Global Streamers to Commit to Fair Negotiating Conditions On Remuneration – FERA

As global streamers are on the rise in the European audiovisual online distribution and production markets, European filmmakers look forward to new opportunities for creative endeavors. The ongoing implementation of key European Directives touching to media regulation (AVMS Directive 2018/1808) and authors’ rights (Copyright Directive 2019/790) should ensure that these collaborations develop in fair and sustainable conditions for European audiovisual creation.

Bulgaria

/02: Local media law harmonised with the Audiovisual Media Services Directive - EAO Newsletter

On 22 December 2020, a new Act for amendment and supplement to Закон за радиото и телевизията (the Radio and Television Act - RTA) was promulgated in Държавен вестник (State Gazette) and entered into force on the same day. By way of this Act, Bulgaria has transposed Directive (EU) 2018/1808 (AVMSD/Directive) shortly after the infringement procedure opened by the Commission against Bulgaria and other countries.

Romania

01/02: EIB Group and Deutsche Leasing Romania strengthen support for business impacted by COVID-19 – European Commission

The first cooperation between the EIB Group and Deutsche Leasing Romania will help to strengthen investment by Romanian companies active in sectors affected by COVID-19.

Recent studies

The European Authors’ Society -  Launch of Rebuilding Europe – EYxGESAC study – February 2021

Events:

19 February: G7 leaders' videoconference

 24 – 25 February: CULT Meeting

 25 February: Video conference of the members of the European Council

 8 – 11 March: European Parliament Plenary

17-02-2021

UNIC policy update 03/02/2021

COVID -19: Cultural and Creative Sectors

22/01:  A welcome budgetary increase for Creative Europe/Media, an essential programme for the recovery and sustainability of the European film and Audiovisual sector in COVID-19 times - UNIC

Our eco-system has been rightfully recognised as one of the hardest hit by the pandemic and health & safety precautionary measures implemented by national governments. It is therefore crucial that the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe Programme has the means to support the film and audiovisual sector in getting back on its feet, for the sake of its authors, talents, companies, workers, audiences and European citizens alike.

27/01: COVID-19 crisis will have ‘massive and lasting’ impact on Europe’s culture sector, says report – The Parliament Magazine

The study on the state of the cultural and creative industries (CCIs) in Europe also says that the industry can be “one of the drivers to help boost and revamp” the EU economy.

28/01: UNIC calls for ongoing support for European cinemas to overcome the challenges of COVID - 19 - UNIC

The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), the body representing European cinema trade associations and operators, has released preliminary 2020 box office estimates for the territories covered by the organisation.

COVID-19: EU response

28/01: State aid: Commission prolongs and further expands Temporary Framework to support economy in context of coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

The European Commission has decided to prolong until 31 December 2021 the State aid Temporary Framework adopted on 19 March 2020 to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The Commission has also decided to expand the scope of the Temporary Framework by increasing the ceilings set out in it and by allowing the conversion of certain repayable instruments into direct grants until the end of next year.

27/01: European Commission successfully places first EU SURE bond in 2021 - European Commission 

The European Commission has issued a €14 billion social bond under the EU SURE instrument to help protect jobs and people in work. The issuing consisted of two bonds, with €10 billion due for repayment in June 2028 and €4 billion due for repayment in November 2050.

25/01: Recovery and Resilience Facility: Commission updates guidance for recovery and resilience plans - European Commission 

Following the political agreement on the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) reached in December, the Commission has presented updated guidance to Member States on the preparation and presentation of recovery and resilience plans.

19/01: MEPs adopt Technical Support Instrument to speed up post-COVID-19 recovery – European Parliament

The Technical Support Instrument will help EU countries prepare the recovery plans needed to access funding from the Recovery and Resilience Facility.

Portuguese Presidency

28/01: Presentation of Portuguese priorities in CULT Committee – European Parliament

On 26 January 2021 during its morning remote meeting session the CULT Committee Members welcomed the Presentation of the priorities of the upcoming Portuguese Presidency.

Poland

1/02: Polish Film Institute to Spend 26.5 m EUR on COVID-19 Aid for Cinema Industry – Film New Europe

The Polish Film Institute will start accepting applications for their next batch of aid for producers, distributors, and studio/small cinemas on 1 February 2021.

Events:

8 -11 February: European Parliament Plenary

11 February: High Level Conference on topic “The changing face of Intellectual Property in the Digital Transition era” – INPI

11 February: EAO Online conference on the Digital Services Act package

15 February: Eurogroup meeting

24 & 25 February: CULT Meeting

03-02-2021

UNIC policy update 20/01/2021

COVID-19: EU response

07/01: Coronavirus response and recovery: EU support for regions to work together in innovative pilot projects – European Commission

The Commission has announced the winners of a new EU-funded initiative for interregional partnerships in four areas: coronavirus-related innovative solutions, circular economy in health, sustainable and digital tourism, and hydrogen technologies in carbon–intensive regions.

Creative Europe

12/01: Erasmus+, Creative Europe, European Solidarity Corps: Commitee confirms trilogue deals – European Parliament

The Culture and Education committee on Monday confirmed the provisional agreements with Council on Erasmus+, Creative Europe and European Solidarity Corps programmes for 2021-2027.

15/01: Creative Europe: 30 years of support to European films and cultural and creative media works – European Commission

The MEDIA strand of the EU programme Creative Europe, designed to support European film and audiovisual industries, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021. To mark this, the European Commission is launching a campaign to celebrate the 30 years of support, as well as the launch of the new MEDIA programme of Creative Europe, running from 2021 to 2027.

Portuguese Presidency

18/01: Portuguese Presidency Priorities 2021 – The Parliament Magazine

Sharing their views on what to expect as Lisbon takes the EU’s helm are Portuguese MEPs Pedro Silva Pereira, Maria Da Graça Carvalho, Maria-Manuel Leitão Marques, Carlos Zorrinho, Sara Cerdas, Nuno Melo, Francisco Guerreiro and Sandra Pereira.

Council of the EU

05/01: Remarks by President Charles Michel at the press conference with Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa in Lisbon – Council of the EU

09/01: The Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU kicks off with visit by President of the European Council – 2021 Portugal EU

On 5 January, the Prime Minister, António Costa, welcomed to Lisbon the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, for the first official meeting of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. At the meeting, the two leaders discussed the priorities in the PPEU Programme and the calendar of dossiers to be handled by the Portuguese Presidency until June.

Events

18 – 21 January: European Parliament Plenary

21 January: EU Council meeting on coronavirus coordination efforts

25 & 26 January: European Parliament CULT Committee meeting

20-01-2021

UNIC policy update 18/12/2020

COVID-19: EU response

09/12: EU financing for 2021-2027: Political agreement on the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), the Next Generation EU (NGEU) recovery instrument and new own resources – European Parliament

The briefing provides a graphic presentation of the political agreement reached on 10 November 2020 between the Parliament and the Council Presidency, enabling the EU to finance the extraordinary needs in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. It highlights the improvements that the European Parliament achieved in particular.

11/12: European Council in Brussels: Agreement on the budget and climate protection – EU 2020 DE

At the last European Council meeting during Germany’s Presidency of the Council, the heads of state or government of the 27 EU member states have taken important decisions. Together, they set an ambitious new climate target and agreed on the multiannual financial framework and the recovery fund.

8/12: InvestEU Fund agreed: Boosting strategic, sustainable and innovative investments – European Parliament

EP and Council negotiators struck a deal on the new InvestEU programme, which supports investments and guarantees simplified access to financing.

04/12: EU Budget 2021 deal: supporting the recovery – European Parliament

MEPs have fought for and obtained better support for key EU programmes creating jobs, tackling the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and boosting climate action.

Geo-blocking

09/12: The Court of Justice annuls a Commission decision making binding the commitments offered by a company in order to preserve competition on the markets - CJEU

30/11: European Commission Geo-blocking review in line with latest studies supporting territoriality – UNIC website

Europe's film/AV sector welcomes the Commission's review of unjustified geo-blocking, in line with the latest studies supporting territoriality, and calls for an AV action plan that boosts European cooperation on financing and distribution, including through co-productions, to increase circulation of content.

Media and Audiovisual Action Plan

3/11: Digital Decade: Commission launches Action Plan to support recovery and transformation of the media and audiovisual sectors – European Commission

The Commission adopted an Action Plan to support the recovery and transformation of the media and audiovisual sector. These sectors, particularly hit by the coronavirus crisis, are essential for democracy, Europe's cultural diversity and digital autonomy. The Action Plan focuses on three areas of activity and 10 concrete actions, to help the media sector recover from the crisis by facilitating and broadening access to finance, transform by stimulating investments to embrace the twin digital and green transitions while ensuring the sector's future resilience and empower European citizens and companies.

COVID-19: Cultural and creative sectors (CCS)

01/12: Videoconference of EU culture and audiovisual ministers: “Creative Europe” to be strengthened – EU 2020 DE

Given the COVID-19 crisis, culture and the media are facing massive challenges. The plan to top up the Creative Europe assistance programme is an encouraging sign, declared Minister of State Monika Grütters. She chaired a meeting of EU ministers responsible for the cultural sector.

LUX Audience Award

13/12: LUX Award: three films shortlisted for the European Audience Film Award – European Parliament

During the virtual European Film Awards ceremony in Berlin, Another Round, Corpus Christi, and Collective were shortlisted for the LUX Audience Award.

Events

January 2021: Creative Europe MEDIA stakeholder dialogue (TBC)

11 January: European Parliament CULT Committee meeting

11 January: European Parliament IMCO Committee meeting

25 & 26 January: European Parliament CULT Committee meeting

18-12-2020

UNIC policy update 01/12/2020

COVID -19: EU Response

25/11: MEPs call on EU leaders to end MFF deadlock without giving in on rule of law – European Parliament

EP group leaders and the Commission advise Hungary and Poland to take the EU to Court on rule of law, instead of penalising EU citizens by blocking the budget.

25/11: Streamlining public procurement within the EU for more efficient public spending – Council of the EU

The Council adopted a set of conclusions centred on how efficient public procurement rules and practices, combined with increased public spending, can accelerate the economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and lead to a sustainable and more resilient EU economy.

Copyright enforcement

24/11: EUIPO IP Perception study 2020 – EUIPO Observatory

To what degree are intellectual property rights respected, and in what form? The EUIPO tracks this through a series of wide-ranging and in-depth surveys, published at regular intervals, which – taken together – provide a full picture of the evolution of citizen perception of intellectual property rights in the EU.

EU Geo-blocking Regulation

30/11: Commission publishes its short-term review of the Geo-blocking Regulation – European Commission

The European Commission published the conclusions of its first short-term review of the 2018 Geo-blocking Regulation, which prohibits unjustified geographical restrictions in the sale of goods and services within the EU. This review includes the Commission report and the accompanying Staff Working Document (SWD).

EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)

23/11: Audiovisual Media: Commission opens infringement procedures against 23 Member States for failing to transpose the Directive on audiovisual content – European Commission

The European Commission launched infringement procedures against 23 Member States and the United Kingdom for failing to enact the new rules governing EU-wide coordination of all audiovisual media, both traditional TV broadcasts and on-demand services, and video-sharing platforms. These new EU rules aim to create a regulatory framework fit for the digital age, leading to a safer, fairer and more diverse audiovisual landscape.

Action Plan on Intellectual Property

26/11: Creativity Works! welcomes the IP Action Plan – Creativity Works!

Creativity Works!, a leading European coalition of the creative and cultural sectors, welcomes the 25 November Action Plan on Intellectual Property as a way of “making the most of the EU’s innovative potential”.

25/11: Commission adopts Action Plan on Intellectual Property to strengthen EU's economic resilience and recovery – European Commission

The Commission published a new Action Plan on Intellectual Property to help companies, especially small and medium-sized companies (SMEs), to make the most of their inventions and creations and ensure they can benefit our economy and society.

Accessibility

10/11: Open for feedback: Accessible web & digital content for people with disabilities – review of EU rules – European Commission

The Web accessibility directive aims to make public-sector websites and mobile applications in the EU more accessible to the public, particularly people with disabilities.

Events

1 December: Council of the EU - Culture and AV Ministers meeting

1 December: European Parliament ITRE Committee meeting

1 December: European Parliament JURI/FEMM Committee meeting

2 December: European Parliament CULT Committee meeting

2 December: European Parliament IMCO Committee meeting

2 December: European Commission Media and Audiovisual Action Plan – TBC

3 December: European Parliament JURI Committee meeting

4 December: European Parliament Cultural Creators Friendship Group (CCFG) event

7 December: European Parliament JURI Committee meeting

9 December: European Commission proposal for the Digital Services Act package

10 December: European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) elections for the Advisory Board & workshop on inclusion and diversity

10-11 December: European Council Meeting

10 December: Know Your Business Customer: Protecting European consumers and businesses from online harms, webinar

14 December: Creative Europe trilogue

02-12-2020

UNIC policy update 18/11/2020

EU MFF budget 2021-27

12/11: EU budget 2021: supporting a sustainable recovery from the pandemic – European Parliament

Next year’s budget - the first of the 2021-2027 financing period - should “promote fair, inclusive and sustainable growth, high-quality job-creation and its long-term goal of socioeconomic convergence”, MEPs state in their draft resolution following the vote.

10/11: Compromise on long-term EU budget: EP obtains €16 billion more for key programmes – European Parliament

EP budget negotiators and the Council Presidency have reached a compromise outlining a political agreement on future EU financing.

11/11: Long-term EU budget deal: a “win-win” result to face the challenges ahead – European Parliament

MEPs hailed the Parliament’s unity in the budget negotiations, which resulted in a deal reached on Tuesday that will bring additional funding for future jobs, competitiveness, and better climate protection - benefiting citizens, young people, researchers and health workers in times of crisis.

COVID-19: EU response

09/11: COVID-19: first go-ahead given to the new Recovery and Resilience Facility – European Parliament

MEPs adopted the Recovery and Resilience Facility, an instrument designed to help EU countries tackling the effects and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

12/11: Political agreement on EU budget and Next Generation EU recovery fund: What happens now? – EU 2020 DE

On 10 November, the negotiators for the Council of the European Union, under the German Presidency, and the European Parliament reached agreement on a comprehensive recovery fund to fight the effects of the COVID‑19 pandemic as well as on the MFF 2021‑2027.

Copyright enforcement

10/11: Future EU intellectual property policy: Council adopts conclusions – Council of the EU

The Council adopted a set of conclusions on key elements of a future EU intellectual property policy. These conclusions should be seen as the Council's input to ongoing work within the Commission on an EU intellectual property action plan, expected to be presented shortly.

Competition

12/11: MEPs hail Commission’s decision to charge Amazon with breaching EU antitrust rules – The Parliament Magazine

This comes after EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager said the company had misused data of third-party merchants that rely on Amazon’s online marketplace to favour its own products.

Events:

19 November: European Parliament CULT Committee meeting

19 November: European Parliament IMCO Committee meeting

19 November: European Council videoconference

20 November: UNIC takes part in an EFADs roundtable

20 November: Trilogues – EU budget

23 November: European Film Forum “The New Playbook: Resilience, Foresight, Transformation”, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

1 December: European Parliament ITRE Committee meeting

2 December: European Commission legislative proposal for the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Media and Audiovisual Action Plan - TBC

10 December: European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) elections for the Advisory Board

18-11-2020

UNIC policy update 04/11/2020

International Union of Cinemas (UNIC)

27/10: 2020 UNIC Annual Report now available! – UNIC website

The report details key cinema trends across the 38 territories UNIC represents, alongside the usual update on cinema-going last year and policy developments at EU level, as well as some information on UNIC and the work we do here in Brussels.

COVID-19: Creative & cultural sectors (CCS)

3/11: European Cinema Body demands further public funding support for cinemas during COVID-19 – UNIC website

Following recent decisions requiring the closure of cinemas across a number of European countries in response to ‘spikes’ in COVID-19, European trade body the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) has today renewed its call to national governments, the European Commission and the European Parliament to provide further public funding support to the sector to ensure that cinemas are able to survive the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis.

30/10: Inclusion of culture in the Recovery & Resilience Facility - Letters from the cultural & creative sectors – UNIC website

10 organisations have written to the European Commission and National Governments to call for culture to be an integral part of their national recovery and resilience plans and for the cultural and creative sectors to receive at least 2% of the Recovery and Resilience Facility budget, as called for by the European Parliament in its recent Resolution on the “Cultural Recovery of Europe”.

COVID-19: EU response

30/10: Remarks by President Charles Michel after the video conference of the members of the European Council on 29 October 2020 – European Council

29/10: InvestEU Fund: boost for sustainable, innovative and social investment – European Parliament

InvestEU aims to be a fund that provides support to EU investors by integrating and simplifying the financing, offered under a single budgetary guarantee scheme.

29/10: Covid-19: 10 things the EU is doing for economic recovery – European Parliament

Find out what the EU is doing to help Europe get back on its feet following the devastating economic effects brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

29/10: Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Michel, following the EU Leaders' videoconference on COVID-19 – European Commission

28/10: 2021 EU budget must focus on supporting a sustainable recovery from the pandemic – European Parliament

The main focus of the 2021 budget should be to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and support the recovery, building on the Green Deal and digital transformation.

28/10: EU budget talks: Council rejects Parliament’s breakthrough proposal – European Parliament

EP negotiators made a breakthrough proposal on the critical issue of how to count the costs of common debt in the next long-term EU budget. Council has rejected it blindly.

Copyright enforcement

/10: Report and study on the memorandum of understanding on online advertising and intellectual property rights – EAO newsletter

/10: CJEU: Opinion on copyright infringements through framing – EAO newsletter

EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)

/10: (SI) Slovenia’s draft AVMS law introduces obligations to invest in European works – EAO newsletter

Events

3 November: Video conference of the Eurogroup

4 November: Video conference of economics and finance ministers

9 November: AV coalition meeting with German Presidency

20 November: EFADs roundtable

2 December: European Commission legislative proposal for the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Media and Audiovisual Action Plan - TBC

10 December: EAO elections for the Advisory Board

Recent studies

EAO - The number of European films making it from cinema to VOD is 2.6 times higher than the number of US films – November 2

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