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 17/12/2021

Copyright Directive

02/12: December infringements package: the Commission calls on Romania to comply with EU copyright rules - European Commission

The Commission has decided to send an additional letter of formal notice to Romania on the grounds that their national rules on the management of rights in musical works run contrary to EU copyright rules.

Creative Europe MEDIA

06/12: 12 MEDIA-supported films gather 25 nominations at the European Film Awards - European Commission

The 34th edition of the European Film Awards (EFA), which celebrate and reward the greatest achievements in Europen cinema, took place on 11 December as a hybrid event.

Council Conclusions

30/11: Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council, 29-30 November 2021 - Council of the European Union 

Proposed actions include encouraging the greater availability of original content in different language versions, promoting efficient marketing tools and film audience strategies, improving and facilitating the discoverability of creative content online in all EU languages and encouraging an increase in the volume of European audiovisual works in on-demand catalogues.

EUIPO studies

10/12: EUIPO study shows drop in online piracy for TV programmes, music and film - European Commission

Online piracy has posed a significant problem in the European Union. Recognising this, the European Commission has made fighting this type of copyright infringement one of its priorities in the IP Action Plan.

10/12: Joint EUIPO and European Commission report details enforcement results of IPRs - European Commission 

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) have released an annual report on ‘EU enforcement of intellectual property rights: Results at the EU border and in the EU internal market 2020’.

LUX Audience Award

12/12: Flee, Great Freedom and Quo Vadis Aida? will compete for LUX Audience Award - European Parliament

During a ceremony on Saturday, the three films shortlisted for the 2022 LUX Audience Award were revealed at the European Film Awards in Berlin.

Recent Studies

EUIPO - Online Copyright Infringement in the European Union: Music, Films and TV (2017-2020), Trends and Drivers - December 2021

EAO -  Animation films and TV series in Europe - December 2021

MUSO - Monthly Film Data Insights - November 2021

Events

1 January 2022: French EU Presidency of the EU

10 January: JURI committee meeting

11 January: UNIC screening

13 January: CULT committee meeting

25/26 January: Presidency conference on AV in Angers

26-27 January: JURI committee meeting

20-12-2021

UNIC policy update 02/12/2021

Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act

25/11: Council agrees position on new digital rules - Council of the European Union 

On 25 November 2021, the Council agreed on a general approach for the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA), two key legislative files to help create a safe and open digital space for EU citizens and businesses.

Slovenian Presidency

29/11: Ministers Simoniti and Kustec at the meeting of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council - Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

EU ministers responsible for culture, led by Minister Simoniti, are due to approve conclusions on high-quality architecture and the New European Bauhaus, and on European audiovisual and media content. 

Audiovisual Media Services Directive

25/11: Revised AVMSD Tracking Table - AVMSD has been transposed in the Netherlands - EAO

The table presents a purely informative overview of the process of implementation of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive 2018/1808 into the national legal systems of the 27-EU member states and in the UK. In the case of Belgium, the Flemish, French and German speaking communities were represented separately.

Intellectual property rights

16/11: European Parliament outlines necessary steps in IP reform efforts - European Commission

The European Parliament has adopted with an overwhelming majority a report on the European Commission's "EU Intellectual Property Action Plan". This presents an important step forward in addressing weaknesses in the current intellectual property (IP) system.

Events

1 and 2 December: CULT committee meeting

1 and 2 December: JURI committee meeting

8 December: GESAC conference - Rebuilding Europe with Culture

9 December: IMCO committee meeting + vote on the Digital Services Act report

9 December: JURI committee meeting

10 December: Third European Commission Stakeholders dialogue on access to and availability of audiovisual content across the EU

1 January 2022: French EU Presidency of the EU

25/26 January 2022: Presidency conference on AV in Angers

02-12-2021

UNIC policy update 18/11/2021

Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act

08/11: Frances Haugen to MEPs: EU digital rules can be a game changer for the world - European Parliament 

The EU’s future Digital Services Act can set the global standards in transparency, oversight and enforcement, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen told MEPs.

Audiovisual Media Services Directive

04/11: Understanding the AVMSD and its new implications for national media law in Europe - European Audiovisual Observatory

The Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) is one of the keystones of media law in the European Union. It was thoroughly revised and extended in autumn 2018. The European Commission set the deadline for transposition into national legislation as being the 19 September 2020 but the process is still ongoing in a certain number of countries.

Copyright enforcement

12/11: Two-year sentence handed down to eBay fraudster - FACT

Westminster City Council’s Trading Standards team, working in partnership with FACT, have secured a prosecution against an eBay user who was selling internet protocol television (IPTV) devices online. IPTV devices enable users to access broadcasts, such as sporting events and films, which would otherwise require a paid subscription.

Intellectual property rights

11/11: Intellectual property rights: strong protection needed for EU social and economic recovery - European Parliament

While intellectual property (IP) registrations are on the rise, the EU patent systems remain fragmented and gaps in enforcement still need to be addressed, according to MEPs.

12/11: European Commission and European Union Intellectual Property Office commit to closer collaboration on IP for effective exploitation of research results - European Commission

Last week, the European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) signed a letter of intent for co-operation on intellectual property (IP) management.

Events

18 November: JURI committee meeting

22 November:  Second European Commission Stakeholders dialogue on access to and availability of audiovisual content across the EU

25 November: Council common approach on the Digital Services Act

30 November: Adoption of Council conclusions on increasing the availability and competitiveness of European audiovisual and media content

1 December: IMCO committee meeting

1 and 2 December: CULT committee meeting

1 and 2 December: JURI committee meeting

8 December: GESAC conference - Rebuilding Europe with Culture

9 December: IMCO committee meeting + vote on the Digital Services Act report

9 December: JURI committee meeting

10 December: Third European Commission Stakeholders dialogue on access to and availability of audiovisual content across the EU

1 January 2022: French EU Presidency of the EU

25/26 January 2022: Presidency conference on AV in Angers

18-11-2021

UNIC policy update 03/11/2021

Geoblocking

22/10: Media and Audiovisual Action Plan: Commission prepares dialogue on circulation of films, TV series and audiovisual content - European Commission

On 22 October, the Commission has held a high-level roundtable aimed at setting the ambition for the upcoming stakeholder dialogue on improving the access to and availability of audiovisual content across EU Member States.

Media and Audiovisual Action Plan

20/10: European media needs support to recover from pandemic and face future challenges - European Parliament

Parliament voices concerns about attacks on EU media in some member states and calls for urgent action to help news media be fit for the “Digital Decade”.

2022 Commission Work Programme

19/10: 2022 Commission Work Programme: Making Europe stronger together - European Commission

The Commission adopted its 2022 Work Programme, setting out the next steps in its bold and transformative agenda towards a post-COVID-19 Europe that is greener, fairer, more digital and more resilient.

European Council

22/10: European Council conclusions, 21-22 October 2021 - European Council

The attachment presents the conclusions adopted by the Council during the meeting held on 21 and 22 October 2021.

Recent studies:

EAO - Mapping of national rules applicable to video-sharing platforms: Illegal and harmful content online - October 2021

EAO - Unravelling the Digital Services Act package - October 2021

Slovenian Film Centre - Study on accessibility and competitiveness of European audiovisual works from small language environments - October 2021

EUIPO Observatory - 10 years of the EU Intellectual Property Network - October 2021

MUSO - Monthly Film Data Insights - September 2021

Events:

8 November: IMCO committee hearing - Facebook whistleblower Francis Haugen testament

9 November: First European Commission Stakeholders dialogue on access to and availability of audiovisual content across the EU

15 November: CULT committee meeting

15 November: JURI committee meeting

18 November: JURI committee meeting

25 November: Council common approach on the Digital Services Act

30 November: Adoption of Council conclusions on increasing the availability and competitiveness of European audiovisual and media content

1 December: IMCO committee meeting

1 and 2 December: CULT committee meeting

1 and 2 December: JURI committee meeting

9 December: IMCO committee meeting + vote on the Digital Services Act report 

9 December: JURI committee meeting

1 January 2022: French EU Presidency of the EU 

25/26 January 2022: Presidency conference on AV in Angers

03-11-2021

UNIC policy update 16/07/2021

COVID – 19: Cultural and Creative Sectors

29/06: Commission proposes coordinated measures for the safe reopening of the cultural and creative sectors – European Commission

The Commission published EU guidelines to ensure the safe resumption of activities in the cultural and creative sectors across the EU. At a time when the epidemiological situation is improving and vaccination campaigns are speeding up, Member States are gradually reopening cultural venues and activities.

29/06: Speech of Commissioner Gabriel at the press conference on the safe reopening of the cultural and cultural sectors – European Commission

COVID-19: EU response

07/07: Summer 2021 Economic Forecast: Reopening fuels recovery – European Commission

The European economy is forecast to rebound faster than previously expected, as activity in the first quarter of the year exceeded expectations and the improved health situation prompted a swifter easing of pandemic control restrictions in the second quarter.

07/07: Are we there yet? Foresight study on the exit from the COVID 19 crisis – European Commission

At the height of Europe’s pandemic crisis, in the summer of 2020, a foresight study engaged expert communities in medicine, public health and socio-economic conditions in an effort to anticipate the pace of Europe’s exit from the crisis, by anticipating medical advances, the implications of the pandemic experience for Europe’s public health systems, and the socio-economic conditions in Europe in 2023.

28/06: NextGenerationEU: Commission carries out €800 million of first payments to foster crisis repair and resilience – European Commission

The Commission has disbursed €800 million in payments under NextGenerationEU, the temporary instrument to finance Europe's recovery and foster a greener, more digital and resilient economy after the pandemic.

EU Digital COVID Certificate

08/07: EU Digital COVID Certificate: Commission adopts equivalence decision for Swiss certificates – European Commission

01/07: EU Digital COVID Certificate enters into application in the EU – European Commission

The EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation enters into application. This means that EU citizens and residents will now be able to have their Digital COVID Certificates issued and verified across the EU.

Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act

29/06: Intermediary services should “earn their liability exemptions” - UNIC

In order for the Digital Services Act (DSA) to achieve a safe and more trustworthy online environment, companies that do not comply with the DSA’s due diligence obligations should not be entitled to the DSA’s liability exemptions.

Media and AV Action Plan

29/06: Media Action Plan: The power of local – The Parliament Magazine

A strong and independent local media is essential to the democratic process, but this is in danger of withering away. The EU must ensure it gets the support it needs, argues Jan Trei.

Territorial exclusivity

06/07: Strong message from MEPs on importance of territorial exclusivity - UNIC

UNIC welcomes MEP Verheyen's initiative to organise a statement where 54 MEPs - from various political groups - stressed the importance of territorial licensing for cultural diversity in the European audiovisual sector and call on their colleagues to not undermine territorial exclusivity in unrelated European Parliament reports.

Cannes Film Festival

06/07: Cannes Film Festival 2021: 17 EU-supported films compete for awards – European Commission

The 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will take place from Tuesday 6 to Saturday 17 July. Seventeen films supported by Creative Europe MEDIA have been selected in various sections of the Cannes Film Festival and its parallel competitions.

Gender diversity

09/07: Commission launches ‘CharactHer’, a campaign supporting diversity and inclusion in the film and media industries – European Commission

The European Commission has launched an awareness campaign aiming at fostering gender diversity and inclusion in the film and news media industries.

Slovenian Presidency of the EU

06/07: The Slovenian Presidency of the EU presents its policy priorities in CULT committee – CULT Committee

Slovenian ministers Ms Simona Kustec, Minister for education, youth and sport and Mr Vasko Simoniti, Minister for culture, came to the CULT Committee for a presentation and an exchange of views over the policy priorities of the incoming Presidency.

Events

4 – 7 October: CineEurope 2021

4 - 5 October: Slovenian Presidency conference

Recent studies

EAO - Diversity and inclusion in the European audiovisual sector  - July 2021

18-07-2021

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.

Competition

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.

Events

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

01-07-2021

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.

Events:

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

20-06-2021

UNIC policy update 03/06/2021

COVID-19: Cultural and Creative Sectors 

25/05:  Start together again from legality to support the film and AV industry - FAPAV

Federation for the Protection of Audiovisual and Multimedia Content (FAPAV) has announced a communication initiative entitled "WE ARE STORIES" and entirely dedicated to the public of all ages to promote the protection of the audiovisual industry.

25/05: 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

26/05: Q&A on the EU Digital Covid Certificate – European Parliament

22/05: Remarks by Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis at the ECOFIN press conference – European Commission

22/05: EU Economy and Finance Ministers discuss the road to recovery – 2021 Portugal

The turning point from the pandemic crisis to the economic recovery was the topic of the meeting of EU Economy and Finance Ministers, who gathered in Lisbon for the informal ECOFIN meeting organised by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

21/05: COVID-19: Coreper endorses political agreement on the EU digital COVID certificate to facilitate free movement – Council of the EU

The Council’s Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) today gave its unanimous support to the political agreement reached with the European Parliament on 20 May on the EU digital COVID certificate.

21/05: Remarks by Paschal Donohoe following the Eurogroup meeting of 21 May 2021 – Council of the EU

Media and Audiovisual Action Plan

27/05: Consensus on supporting the AV & film sector recover from the COVID-19 pandemic in Parliament – FIAD

MEPs recalled the importance of supporting the European film and audiovisual sector recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, in a debate on the Report Media & Audiovisual Action Plan, under the responsibility of rapporteur Dace Melbarde (ECR, LV).

21/05: Council conclusions on ʻEurope’s Media in the Digital Decade: An Action Plan to Support Recovery and Transformation’ & Creative Europe – UNIC

The Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council took place on 17-18 May 2021 and adopted its conclusions on ʻEurope’s Media in the Digital Decade: An Action Plan to Support Recovery and Transformation’.

18/05: Council conclusions: Recovery and transformation of Europe’s media – Council of the EU

The Council has approved conclusions to support the recovery and transformation of the European media sector.

Creative Europe MEDIA

26/05: Creative Europe: Over €2 billion to support the recovery, resilience and diversity of cultural and creative sectors – European Commission

The Commission has today launched new actions to support the cultural and creative sectors in Europe and beyond, following the adoption of the work programme for the first year of the Creative Europe 2021-2027 programme.

20/05: EU boost for culture – European Parliament

MEPs have approved the biggest ever budget for the EU's culture and creative sectors - €2.5 billion for 2021-2027.

Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act

26/05: Joint Position on the proposed EU Digital Services Act – UNIC

The European Commission’s proposal is a good start, but it leaves some critical gaps. Closing these gaps is the only way to ensure that the DSA achieves its stated policy goals, including providing a future proof and resilient legislative framework.

25/05: European Media encourages swift adoption of Digital Markets Act with targeted improvements & a clear focus on gatekeepers – ACT

Europe’s media sector, represented by the undersigned organisations, welcomes the Commission’s proposal on the Digital Markets Act (DMA) as a much needed and urgent step towards establishing a fair, balanced and contestable digital market.

Czech Republic

28/05: State aid: Commission approves €7.9 million Czech scheme to support workers and companies in audiovisual sector in context of coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

The public support will take the form of direct grants. The amount of aid will be calculated on the basis of lost income, as well as costs borne by producers and distributors that cannot be recouped. The purpose of the measures is to mitigate the impact on the beneficiaries of the restrictive measures that the Czech government had to impose to limit the spread of coronavirus, and to help them resume their activities after the outbreak.

Estonia

27/05: State aid: Commission approves €5.3 million Estonian scheme to support film producers and distributors and cinemas in the context of the coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

The European Commission has approved an Estonian scheme to support film producers and distributors, as well as cinemas affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Recent Studies

EAO - Key trends in the European audiovisual sector: all the key figures to imagine the post-COVID world - May 2021

Events:

3 June: JURI Committee meeting

 3 June: “A decade of Netflix in Europe: Lessons from a small media market” conference

 3 – 4 June: Europeana Conference “Towards recovery: digital capacity building in the Cultural Heritage sector”

4 June: Deadline for amendments on the MAAP report in the Culture committee

 7 – 10 June: European Parliament Plenary

 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?”

03-06-2021

UNIC policy update 18/05/2021

COVID-19: Cultural and Creative Sectors 

10/05: Culture and Education committee backs new Erasmus+, Creative Europe and Solidarity Corps programmes – European Parliament

Culture and Education MEPs adopted its recommendation for European Parliament to back the 2021-2027 editions of Erasmus+, Creative Europe and European Solidarity Corps.

06/05: Music streaming and its impact on composers and songwriters.  Why we should fix streaming now - European Composer and Songwriter Alliance

ECSA call both policy makers and all stakeholders in the music sector to promote a fairer and more transparent ecosystem for music streaming, which could finally benefit music creators, who are at the origin of all musical creations.

COVID-19: EU response

12/05: Spring 2021 Economic Forecast: Rolling up sleeves – European Commission

The Spring 2021 Economic Forecast projects that the EU economy will expand by 4.2% in 2021 and by 4.4% in 2022. The euro area economy is forecast to grow by 4.3% this year and 4.4% next year.

11/05: Next Generation EU: An opportunity in a crisis – The Parliament Magazine

The EU recovery fund presents the ideal chance to create a more social and sustainable Europe in the future; let’s seize it, writes Dennis Radtke.

05/05: Q&A on the EU COVID-19 certificate – European Parliament

04/05: EU recovery plans must address gaps that the COVID-19 crisis has exposed – The Parliament Magazine

More than strategies, we need actions to help EU industry regain its competitiveness, argues the EESC’s Stefano Mallia.

Antitrust

/05: European Commission: 2019 Commitment Decision involving major film studios and Sky UK withdrawn – EAO Newsletter

On 31 March 2021, the European Commission withdrew an important 2019 Commitment Decision which had made commitments binding a number of well-known film studios and the broadcaster Sky UK to address the Commission’s concerns regarding clauses in the studios' licensing contracts for pay-TV with Sky UK.

Digital tax

12/05: Statement by Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager following today's Court judgments on the Amazon and Engie tax State aid cases in Luxembourg – European Commission

European LUX Award

12/05: LUX audience week: opportunity to watch and vote for films online – European Parliament

During the LUX Audience Week audiences across Europe are offered to watch the nominated films for the LUX Audience Award 2021 online for free on the LUX virtual cinema.

Czech Republic

10/05: State aid: Commission approves €1.9 billion Czech scheme to support companies in context of coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

The European Commission has approved an approximately € 1.9 billion (CZK 50 billion) Czech scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework.

Events:

17 – 20 May: European Parliament Plenary

17 – 18 May: Consilium meeting of culture ministers – adoption of the conclusions on the Media and AV Action Plan

21 May: Eurogroup meeting

21 – 22 May: ECOFIN Meeting

26 May: EU Copyright Law: State of Play and Future Directions – Conference

26 May: European Parliament conference on the reopening of culture

26 May: IMCO Committee

26 – 27 May: JURI Committee

27 May: CULT Committee – presentation of the MAAP draft report

2 June: SAA Expert Seminar on the Copyright directive, Article 18

4 June: Deadline for amendments on the MAAP report in the Culture committee

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

18-05-2021

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

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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

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