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Legislative update 87 Month - April 2000

1. ELECTRONIC COMMERCE
1.1 E-commerce Directive - Parliament committee adopts common position without amendment
1.2 Communications Review - Commission publishes results of public consultation
1.3 Local loop unbundling - Commission publishes Recommendation and Communication
1.4 Cybercrime - Commission holds second consultation
1.5 Alternative dispute resolution - Commission creates e-confidence Forum
1.6 Internet management - Commissioner Liikanen outlines EU strategy
1.7 US Advisory Commission reports to Congress on e-taxes
1.8 Jurisdiction - European Parliament committee to consider new report on the revision of the Brussels Convention
1.9 E-taxes - Commission proposal expected in June
1.10 Consumer/industry dialogue - consumer organisations reluctant to negotiate in informal forum
1.11 Protection of minors - US children's privacy act enters in to force
1.12 Unsolicited commercial communications - working document proposes opt-in system

2. INTERNET (CONTENT) REGULATION
2.1 Content rating - ICRA opens European office
2.2 Commission to host information day on on-line content programmes
2.3 Safe use of the internet - Commission publishes tenders for new actions

3. COPYRIGHT
3.1 Copyright Directive - Political talks continue among Member States
3.2 WIPO plans better coordination of e-commerce agenda
3.3 Copyright Directive - Parliament Rapporteur to hold consultation

4. ADVERTISING
4.1 Commercial Communications expert group fails to adopt second opinion
4.2 Commercial Communications Group holds meeting on advertising and the internet
4.3 Tobacco advertising - EU employers federation states support for German case
4.4 Fuel economy labelling - European Commission invites manufacturers to help create website of information

5. AUDIOVISUAL AND GENERAL MEDIA POLICY
5.1 Financial transparency - European Parliament committee adopts provisions on public service broadcasting
5.2 Sports policy - Commissioners make clear that sport must comply with EU law
5.3 Culture Council meeting to discuss the EU's future audiovisual strategy
5.4 Digital television - European Parliament Rapporteur supports favourable regulatory environment

6. ENVIRONMENT
6.1 Forest-Based Industries Forum - agenda takes shape
6.2 Forest certification - Paper industry publishes comparative model

7. GENERAL
7.1 Data protection - Commission endorses safe harbour agreement
7.2 Fundamental rights - first draft expected mid-May
7.3 Data protection - Commission begins process of reviewing 1995 Directive
7.4 State aid - Commission publishes annual report
7.5 Company law - Commission publishes tender to compare national codes
7.6 Commission opens consultation on revision of horizontal agreements
7.7 Council of Ministers votes to reduce the number of Council formations
7.8 VAT - Commission to report on functioning on reduced rate system


Dates for your diary

May
2nd - third E-Dialogue meeting of consumer and industry interests, Brussels
3rd - World Press Day, see http://www.wan-press.org
3rd - meeting of the European Parliamentarians Internet Group, Brussels
4th - 5th - Presidency conference on arbitration in cross-border disputes, Lisbon, Portugal
10th 11th - European Commission public hearing on The 1999 Communications review, Brussels
11th - Commission information day on e-Content, Brussels
16th - Culture Council, Brussels
17th - EPC meeting with Commissioner Reding
18th - EPC Advertising Campaign Launch with press conference in Brussels.
22nd - UK House of Lord ruling on tobacco advertising ban, London
24th - European Parliament Culture Committee, hearing on radio broadcasting, Brussels
24th - European Parliament hearing on The 1999 Communications Review, Brussels

June
5th-6th - FTC hearing on alternative dispute resolution, Washington D.C.
5th-6th - Presidency conference on competition policy, Lisbon
16th - 17th - EPC Internet Seminar, Bilbao, Spain
26th-28th - OECD Forum 2000, Paris (see www.oecd.org/forum2000)

September
6th - Forest-Based Industries Forum, Strasbourg

October
19 - 20th October, EPC Members meeting, Stockholm

Note:
See http://www.portugal.ue-2000.pt for all Presidency events


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1 Electronic commerce

1.1 E-commerce Directive - Parliament committee adopts common position without amendment
The European Parliament gave its support to the Rapporteur's proposal to adopt the Council's common position without amendment. The common position was approved by a vote of 469 in favour, 0 against and 38 abstentions. In its final resolution, the Parliament called on the Commission to "provide guidance for the elaboration of codes of conduct which will ensure the participation, where appropriate, of consumer and user groups". It also called on the Commission to ensure that codes of conduct on notice and take down do not upset the balance of interests between the interested parties. The Portuguese Presidency is expected to take the text for formal adoption at a future Council meeting.

1.2 Communications Review - Commission publishes results of public consultation
The European Commission has published the results of the public consultation on The 1999 Communications Review which was adopted in November. The results note that the majority of respondents supported the general thrust of the proposed reforms but noted that opinions differ on how national regulatory authorities are funded to ensure their independence, how thresholds should be calculated and how the committee of member state experts should operate. A second public hearing will take place in Brussels on 10-11 May. The proposals to implement the reforms will be tabled in June. Further details available at: http://www.ispo.cec.be/infosoc/telecompolicy/welcome.html

1.3 Local loop unbundling - Commission publishes Recommendation and Communication
The European Commission has adopted a Recommendation and an accompanying explanatory Communication on unbundling the local loop. The texts set out the principles and conditions for access to the local loop, the role of national regulatory authorities and obligations of incumbent operators. The Recommendation obliges Member States to ensure fair and non-discriminatory access to the local loop by end-2000. Further details available at: http://www.ispo.cec.be/infosoc/telecompolicy/welcome.html

1.4 Cybercrime - Commission holds second consultation
The European Commission held a second consultative meeting with interested parties on 17 April concerning computer-related crime and the formulation of an EU strategy. The meeting was based on a questionnaire distributed by the Commission on the storage of information (what, how and for how long), the right to anonymity on the internet and whether a code of conduct or legislation is necessary on an EU level to ensure cooperation with law enforcement authorities. A Communication is expected in June. Further details available on request.

1.5 Alternative dispute resolution - Commission creates e-confidence Forum
Following the Commission's workshop on on-line dispute settlement in March, it has created an on-line discussion forum to exchange views and expertise of systems to deal with consumer complaints arising from on-line transactions. The Commission's Joint Research Centre has also invited comments on its draft final study on technical and legal questions which need to be addressed before an on-line ADR system can operate cross-border. Further details available at: http://dsa-isis.jrc.it/ADR ADR will be the subject of a Presidency conference on 4-5 May at which the Commission will formally launch its proposal for the European Extra-Judicial Network (EEJ-NET). Meanwhile, the Consumer Council adopted a Resolution giving its political support to the principles of ADR. Text available on request.

1.6 Internet management - Commissioner Liikanen outlines EU strategy
Commissioner Erkki Liikanen has published a Communication on EU principles for the future management of the internet. The strategy aims to ensure that the management system of ICANN, the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, operates on the principles of fair representation, proportionality and transparency. It reiterates the Commission's commitment to liberalising access to the local loop to improve the competitiveness of internet and telecoms services. It also commits the EU to creating the ".eu" domain name this year. Further details available at: http://www.ispo.cec.be/eif/internetpoliciessite/internetgovernance/main.html

1.7 US Advisory Commission reports to Congress on e-taxes
The US Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce has delivered its final report to Congress on its investigation in to the treatment of taxes on-line. The Commission concludes that existing tax rules should be applied to e-commerce and recommends that the State authorities be given 5 years to simplify their state and local tax systems in order to "equalise the burden of tax collection for local and remote sellers". The existing moratorium would continue. The report also recommends the elimination of the federal, state and local taxes on communications services and action to protect the privacy of consumers on-line. The OECD is identified as the appropriate fora to promote a dialogue on the international aspects of e-commerce and taxation. Full report available at: http://www.ecommercecommission.org

1.8 Jurisdiction - European Parliament committee to consider new report on the revision of the Brussels Convention
The European Parliament's Rapporteur, Diana Wallis, has tabled a redrafted report on the revision of the Brussels Convention after her original report was rejected by the Legal Affairs Committee. The new report will be discussed in committee on 8 May but is expected to meet with opposition from the EPP group whose concerns have not been addressed in the revised version. EPP members oppose the Rapporteur's attempts to define the concept of "directing a service" and prefer instead a clear link with the practice of "distance selling". The Rapporteur also fails to address calls from other political groups to oblige contracting parties to seek mediation in the first instance in the event of a dispute. Draft report available on request.

1.9 E-taxes - Commission proposal expected in June
The European Commission's long-awaited proposal on how to adapt the current VAT system to on-line transactions is now expected to be tabled in June. The controversial proposal will seek to remedy the shortcomings of the current system outlines in a consultation document in June 1999. These include the VAT registration of non-EU companies selling in to the single market and the location of the country of establishment. EU finance Ministers will discuss this at their next Council meeting on 8 May.

1.10 Consumer/industry dialogue - consumer organisations reluctant to negotiate in informal forum
The second meeting of the "E-Council" was held in Brussels on 2 May. The E-Council brings together representatives of consumer associations and industry to discuss issues relating to consumer confidence and consumer protection on-line. This meeting heard presentations on Commission initiatives in the area of ADR (see above) and new trustmark schemes. It was proposed that the E-Council be used to agree general principles of ADR but the EU consumer body, BEUC, is unwilling to pursue this suggestion as it has no mandate from its board to negotiate in an informal way. Full report available on request.

1.11 Protection of minors - US children's privacy act enters in to force
The US Children's On-line Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) became law on 21 April. The Act obliges all websites to obtain verifiable parental consent before collecting personal information on users under the age of 13 years. or give parents the power to prevent the collection of data in the first place. A number of organisations have applied to the Federal Trade Commission for 'safe harbor' treatment designed to promote self-regulation in this area. Applications for 'safe harbor' treatment are subject to a public consultation. Further details available at: http://www.ftc.gov/kidsprivacy

1.12 Unsolicited commercial communications - working document proposes opt-in system
The Commission has published an internal working document on how to adapt existing provisions on data protection in telecoms services to take account of The 1999 Communications Review. The document proposes to treat emails the same way as fax and automated phone calls and require operators to obtain a consumer's prior consent before using this form of communication for marketing purposes. This is contrary to the provisions of the e-commerce Directive which favours the development of opt-out mechanisms. This inconsistency in policy will be raised by industry groups at the forthcoming public hearing on the Review (see above). The document also proposes to oblige communications equipment manufacturers to Document available at: http://www.ispo.cec.be/infosoc/telecompolicy/review99/wdprot.pdf

1.13 Global Business Dialogue - Business Steering Committee reports on progress
The latest meeting of the GBDe's Business Steering Committee in New York has reported good progress on its 2000 work programme, which includes ADR, trustmarks, privacy and IPRs. GBDe offered its support to WTO initiatives to liberalise trade in services which are key to the development of e-commerce, such as advertising, financial services, and telecoms services. A "Digital Bridges" task force was also launched with the aim of promoting new technologies globally in cooperation with other stakeholder groups. The GBDe will meet again at its second in Miami in September. Further details available at: http://www.gbd.org


2 Internet (content) regulation

2.1 Content rating - ICRA opens European office
The US content-rating organisation, ICRA (Internet Content Rating Association), opened its European office on 4 April in the UK. Ola-Christian Hoff, a former adviser to the Commission's DG Information Society, will run the new office, which will continue its work to develop a global content rating model. Further details available at: http://www.icra.org

2.2 Commission to host information day on on-line content programmes
The European Commission will host an information day on 11 May for interested parties to meet Commission officials and potential partners concerning the follow-up to the INFO 2000 programme to promote digital content in Europe. The Commission has recently launched a call for tender for preliminary actions under this programme, which will be called eContent. It will be fully integrated in to the eEurope initiative. Further details available at: http://europa.eu.int/comm/information_society/econtent/index_en/htm

2.3 Safe use of the internet - Commission publishes tenders for new actions
The European Commission has published a call for tender to fund initiatives to raise awareness among users of dangers of the internet. This initiative forms part of the first phase of the Internet Action Plan and follows on from preliminary actions which included research in to effective methods of awareness raising. These awareness raising initiatives are particularly aimed at children. Further details available at: http://www.cordis.lu/saferinternet/home.html


3 Copyright

3.1 Copyright Directive - Political talks continue among Member States
Preparations continue for the planned adoption of a common position on the draft Directive on copyright ahead of the Internal Market Council on 25 May. Rightholders have gained some ground in their claims to exercise greater control over how beneficiaries of exemptions gain access to protected content. Similarly, the Commission is moving closer to the rightholders' position in support of setting clear limits on the number of permitted copies of a work. However, no majorities have yet emerged on the crucial articles relating to temporary copies and technical measures. A further meeting at COREPER level will take place on 10 May.

3.2 WIPO plans better coordination of e-commerce agenda
The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has announced a number of initiatives to improve global coordination of IT-related intellectual property issues. This will include the creation of an inter-agency website to improve coordination among international agencies. Work will continue on the further development of the dispute settlement system for abuses of trademarks in domain names. An internal task force will also examine IP aspects of international private law. Further details available at: http://ecommerce.wipo.int

3.3 Copyright Directive - Parliament Rapporteur to hold consultation
Certain interested parties, including the EPC, have been invited to a consultation meeting with the European Parliament's Rapporteur for the second reading of the copyright Directive, Enrico Boselli (I, PES). The meeting will take place in Brussels on 4 May and will bring together all sides of the copyright debate - content providers, internet service providers and telecoms companies.


4 Advertising

4.1 Commercial Communications expert group fails to adopt second opinion
The group of national experts examining barriers to the single market in commercial communications failed to adopt its second opinion on premiums and free gifts at its meeting on 12 April. The Commission has appealed to Member State representatives to submit written comments at a second meeting scheduled for 12 May. However, indications suggest that few Member States have changed their positions on country of origin control and mutual recognition. The Commission's Communication on sales promotion, scheduled for September, is not now expected until end-2000. Full report available on request.

4.2 Commercial Communications Group holds meeting on advertising and the internet
The newly-established Commercial Communications Group met for the second time under the chairmanship of Ward Beysen MEP (B, ELDR) on the subject of advertising and e-commerce. The meeting attracted considerable support from industry representatives and Commission officials, as well as MEPs. Commission officials dealing with e-commerce welcomed the group's creation and promised new action on commercial communications once the e-commerce Directive has been adopted. The next meeting of the Group will be held end-June on the subject of the 2-tier regulatory system for on-line and off-line commercial communications. Full report of meetings and further details available at: http://www.epccg.net

4.3 Tobacco advertising - EU employers federation states support for German case
The European employers' confederation, UNICE, published a statement on the tobacco advertising ban to coincide with the start of oral hearings in the case brought by the German government against the EU Directive. The UNICE statement supported the German position and agreed that the EU Directive sets a worrying precedent for other health-related advertising bans (eg: alcohol and cars). The statement calls on the European Court of Justice to "put an end to legislation under false colours". Statement available at: http://www.unice.be

4.4 Fuel economy labelling - European Commission invites manufacturers to help create website of information
Car manufacturers have been invited by the European Commission to assist with the development of a website giving consumers information on the fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions of passenger vehicles. This initiative forms part of the implementation of an EU Directive on fuel economy which aims to ensure that consumers are given clear and comparable information on the fuel efficiency of cars. Further details available on request.


5 Audiovisual and general media policy

5.1 Financial transparency - European Parliament committee adopts provisions on public service broadcasting
The European Parliament's Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs adopted its opinion on the proposal to improve the transparency of financial transfers between governments and public undertakings at its meeting on 17 April. The final debate focused partly on the application of the draft rules to public service broadcasters. A majority voted to apply the new rules to broadcasters "when they operate outside their public service remit" but commercial broadcasters fear that this wording would not include dual funded broadcasters and prefer instead "when they operate in commercial markets". The plenary session of the Parliament will vote on this opinion on 17 May. Draft text available on request.

5.2 Sports policy - Commissioners make clear that sport must comply with EU law
The European Commission has reacted firmly to calls from sporting associations to give them special status under the EU Treaty. At a meeting with sports federations on 17 April, Commissioner Viviane Reding made clear that sporting bodies will continue to be subject to EU legislation where their internal policies affect the free movement of persons and other single market principles. Commissioner Monti reiterated the view of the Commission's competition service that it will continue to investigate exclusive broadcasting deals where it feels that they infringe competition rules.

5.3 Culture Council meeting to discuss the EU's future audiovisual strategy
The Culture Council will meet on 16 May to discuss the Commission's Communication on the future of the EU's audiovisual strategy which was published in December 1999. Council conclusions will be adopted, but these are not expected to make concrete commitments such as a date for analogue switch-off. A Council Resolution will also be adopted on cinema heritage which is expected to give political support for EU funding for film archiving. Ministers will receive an update from the Commission on discussions relating to the MEDIA programme but talks at working group level have made slow progress to date.

5.4 Digital television - European Parliament Rapporteur supports favourable regulatory environment
The European Parliament's Industry Committee will consider a draft report by Astrid Thors (Fi, ELDR) on the Commission Communication on digital television at its next meeting. The Rapporteur calls on the Commission to take account of the different levels of development of the DTV market in each Member State when assessing mergers and other aspects of competition policy in order to allow emerging markets to develop. She also advises the Commission to strike a balance between the promotion of cultural diversity in broadcasting and the need to develop DTV as a means of improving access to network services. Thors' draft report calls on the Commission to take action to create a single market in broadcasting rights. Draft report available on request.


6 Environment

6.1 Forest-Based Industries Forum - agenda takes shape
The European Commission's DG Enterprise has begun drafting the agenda for the second Forest Based Industries Forum which will take place in Strasbourg on 6 September. EPC Chairman, Mr Francisco Pinto Balsemao, will speak in the session on information communications technologies and the importance of e-commerce for the publishing sector. Other sessions will be held on climate change and the objectives of the Commission Communication on the competitiveness of forest-based industries in the EU. A number of working groups will be held with interested parties before the Summer to finalise the agenda. Further details available on request.

6.2 Forest certification - Paper industry publishes comparative model
The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) has launched a new, independently developed system to allow the objective comparison of forest certificates. It assesses each certificate against a set of criteria and presents it in a matrix for easy comparison in relation to the common criteria. Further details available from http://www.cepi.org


7 General

7.1 Data protection - Commission endorses safe harbour agreement
The European Commission has formally endorsed the 'safe harbor' agreement reached between the US and the EU. This move triggers the formal consultation of the Article 29 committee of national experts who must give their formal approval of the agreement under the terms of the 1995 data protection Directive. The agreement is expected to enter in to force in June/July. Further details available at: http://europea.eu.int/comm/internal_market/en/media/dataprot/news/harbor4.htm

7.2 Fundamental rights - first draft expected mid-May
The Convention, the body negotiating the draft EU Charter on fundamental rights is expecting to produce its first draft text by mid-May and discuss this in plenary session on 5-6 June before submitting it to the Council for its views before the Summer recess. Articles negotiated so far include provisions of privacy and freedom of expression. These closely mirror those in the European Charter of Human Rights. Progress of the negotiation can be tracked at http://ue.cec.int/droits_fondamentaux

7.3 Data protection - Commission begins process of reviewing 1995 Directive
The European Commission has published a tender to carry out a study of the application and enforcement of the 1995 Directive on the protection of personal data. The study aims to fulfil the Commission's legal requirement to assess the Directive's implementation and examine elements not included in the original Directive such as the processing of sound and image data. The study will take 12 months to complete and is therefore unlikely to be submitted before the deadline of October 2000 set by the Directive.

7.4 State aid - Commission publishes annual report
The European Commission has published its annual report on state aids. Although the report notes a decline in the amount of state aids awarded by Member State governments during 1998-9, the Commission still deems this level too high. The Commission plans to launch a "scoreboard" of state aids this year which will be updated regularly. This will show levels of state aid awarded by each Member State and in which areas. The Commission has proposed draft Regulation which will exempt certain state aids from competition rules. These include aid for training and SMEs which would have no impact on cross border trade. Further details available at: http://europa.eu.int/comm/dg04/whatsnew.htm

7.5 Company law - Commission publishes tender to compare national codes
The European Commission has published a call for tender to carry out a comparative study of existing codes of conduct in Member States relating corporate governance. This initiative forms part of the action plan on financial services which commits the Commission to examine the extent to which the co-existence of numerous codes affects the free movement of capital within the single market. The study is expected in mid-2001. The Commission remains undecided on how to proceed on the question of EU company law.

7.6 Commission opens consultation on revision of horizontal agreements
The European Commission has opened a public consultation with interested parties on its draft regulation and guidelines on horizontal agreements between competitors. The draft proposal aims to introduce a broad exemption for agreements which fulfil certain criteria and are deemed not to be anti-competitive. These include pre-competitive collaborative research and certain types of joint ventures. A list of banned contractual clauses are included in the proposal and are similar to those in the revised regulation on vertical agreements. The consultation will end on 23 May. Full text available from: http://europa.eu.int/comm/dg04/entente/other.htm

7.7 Council of Ministers votes to reduce the number of Council formations
EU Member States have voted to limit the number of formations which the Council of Ministers meets in. From 2001, the number of formations will fall from 22 to 16. Telecommunications and transport will merge, as will the internal market, consumer affairs and tourism. The Culture Council will remain unchanged. The full list is available on request.

7.8 VAT - Commission to report on functioning on reduced rate system
The European Commission will draft its 2-yearly report on the functioning of annex H of the 6th VAT Directive relating to goods and services which can be subject to reduced rate VAT. This regular report will assess the impact of the reduced rate on the single market and competition. It will be a precursor to the long-awaited revision of the list of goods and services which is planned for end-2001.


Documents available on request to EPC members:

European Commission
¬ Commission Communication and Recommendation on local loop unbundling
¬ Commission Communication on the public consultation on The 1999 Communications Review
¬ Commission Communications on internet governance
¬ Commission proposal to create eContent programme
¬ draft Regulation on horizontal agreements
¬ Annual report on state aids
¬ draft Regulation on the application of state aid rules to training aid and aid to SMEs
¬ Commission working document on data protection in electronic communications
¬ Commission consultation documents & questionnaire on cybercrime
¬ Commission Communication on dispute settlement procedures relating to the Directives on distance selling and misleading advertising
¬ Commission Communication on the results of the consultation on the White Paper on competition policy reform
¬ Commission work programme for 2000
¬ Commission discussion document on cyber-crime
¬ Commission working document on out-of-court dispute settlement
¬ draft Commission study on technical and legal aspects of alternative dispute resolution
¬ Commission working document on local loop unbundling
¬ Commission Communication on a new audiovisual strategy
¬ draft Commission Directive on the transparency of financial transfers between governments and public undertakings
¬ draft Decision on revised MEDIA programme
¬ Final report of the working group on the simplification of company law (SLIM initiative)
¬ Commission Communication on the single market strategy (final version)
¬ Commission Communications on the communications review
¬ Recommendation on telecoms liberalisation
¬ revised draft Recommendation on alcohol consumption by children and young people
¬ speech by Commissioner Bolkestein on ethics and the press
¬ working document on the revision of the Packaging Waste Directive
¬ final report on the Recycling Forum
¬ revised proposal for a Directive on legal aspects of electronic commerce
¬ Commission Communication on the EU approach to the Millennium Round
¬ draft Directive on the processing of personal data by EU institutions
¬ revised proposal for a Directive on copyright and related rights
¬ Working paper on indirect taxes & electronic commerce - options for the EU VAT system (June '99)
¬ Communication on the competitiveness of European enterprises in the face of globalisation
¬ White Paper on commerce
¬ Working party on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data - latest opinions on data protection on the internet
¬ Green paper on Public Sector Information in the Information Society
¬ Green paper on Piracy and Counterfeiting in the single market
¬ Commission working document on competitiveness of e-commerce
¬ Communication on Convergence
¬ Interim evaluation report on the INFO 2000 programme
¬ draft Directive amending Directive 80/723/EEC on the transparency of financial relations between Member States and public undertakings

European Parliament
Draft Directive on certain legal aspects of electronic commerce (second reading)
¬ second reading resolution (based on the Palacio report)

Draft regulation on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgements (consultation)
¬ second draft report of the Committee on Legal Affairs and the Internal Market (Wallis report)

Commission Communications on digital television (consultation)
¬ draft report of the Committee on Industry, External Trade, Transport & Energy (Astrid Thors)

Commission Communication on The 1999 Communications Review (consultation)
¬ draft Report on the Committee on Industry, External Trade, Transport & Energy (Van Velzen report)

Commission Communication on radio spectrum policy (consultation)
¬ draft Report on the Committee on Industry, External Trade, Transport & Energy (Alyssandriakis report)

Commission Communication on parental control devises (consultation)
¬ working document of the Committee on Culture, Youth, Education, Media and Sport (Roberta Angellili)

Draft Commission Directive on the transparency of transfers between government and public undertakings (consultation)
¬ draft report of the Committee on Legal Affairs & the Internal Market (Christa Randzio-Plath)

Draft Regulation on jurisdiction and the recognition & enforcement of judgements (consultation)
¬ draft report of the Committee on Legal Affairs and the Internal Market (Diana Walllis) & amendments

Opinion on the Commission Communication on the EU approach to the WTO Millennium Round (consultation)
¬ resolution (based on the Schwaiger report)

Draft Directive on electronic commerce (first reading - co-decision)
¬ first reading resolution (based on Oddy report)

Draft Directive on copyright (first reading - co-decision)
¬ first reading resolution (based on Barzanti report)

Draft Directive on information and consultation of workers (first reading - co-operation procedure)
¬ first reading resolution (based on Ghilardotti report)

Council
¬ Common position on the Directive on legal aspects of e-commerce
¬ Council conclusions on tobacco consumption
¬ Council conclusions on the protection of minors in new digital services
¬ Council conclusions on the 1999 communications review
¬ Council legal service opinion on certain aspects of the draft Directive on e-commerce
¬ Council conclusions on mutual recognition
¬ Finnish Presidency text on electronic commerce
¬ Culture Council conclusions on convergence
¬ Culture Council conclusions on self-regulation and the media
¬ Telecoms Council conclusions on convergence

European Council
¬ Conclusions of the Lisbon Summit, 23-24 March 2000

Economic & Social Committee
¬ adopted own-initiative on pluralism and concentration in the media

European Court of Justice
¬ Court ruling on the calculation of permitted advertising time
¬ Court of First Instance ruling on the Commission's failure to act on a complaint from TF1

EPC Documents
¬ EPC position paper on the draft Directive on transfers from governments to public undertakings
¬ EPC position paper on jurisdiction and applicable law
¬ EPC joint press statement on draft Brussels regulation
¬ Minutes of the EPC meeting held 8-9 June, Berlin
¬ latest statements from the Ad Hoc Alliance against unfair competition in the broadcasting and new services markets
¬ EPC final position paper on e-commerce
¬ Press releases on copyright
¬ speech by Mr. Francisco Pinto Balsem‹o - "Control - them or us?", ICC/UNICE conference "Advertising matters", 27 April 2023

Others
BEUC
¬ non paper on self-regulatory codes for e-commerce

German Presidency seminar on self-regulation
¬ conclusions

Marketing in schools - study by GMV Conseil (Paris)
¬ carried out for DGXXIV, European Commission

Children's Programme
¬ comparative study of advertising regulations for children in UK, The Netherlands, Spain & Sweden
¬ study on "pester power"

Media Group
¬ final report on the competitiveness of EU publishing industries

OECD
¬ guidelines on consumer protection and electronic commerce
¬ draft guidelines for multinational companies

WIPO - draft database Treaty
¬ Consultation documents

WIPO - audiovisual performers Treaty
¬ consultation documents

CEPI
¬ matrix for the mutual recognition of forest certification standards (final version)
¬ letter to Pascal Lamy on liberalisation of paper tariffs
¬ Towards a European Agreement on the Recovery of Paper and Board Products - draft paper on producer responsibility

Bonn University study on advertising and children
¬ results of academic survey and statistical data

Council of Europe
¬ recommendation on measures to promote media pluralism - text formally adopted the Committee of Ministers (Jan. 99)
¬ draft Convention on the legal protection of services consisting of or based on conditional access

Association of Commercial Television (ACT)
¬ Position paper on public service broadcasting
¬ Position paper on the transparency of transfers between governments and public undertakings