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Legislative update 88 Month - May 2000

1. ELECTRONIC COMMERCE
1.1 VAT/e-commerce - Commission expected to table a proposal soon
1.2 Consumer protection - Commissioner Byrne creates a forum to agree EU principles
1.3 Commission launches eEurope action plan
1.4 E-commerce/financial services - Commission plans Communication for the Autumn
1.5 Alternative dispute resolution - Justice and Home Affairs Council invites the Commission to look at civil and commercial law issues
1.6 Cybercrime - G8 to adopt conclusions in July

2. INTERNET (CONTENT) REGULATION
2.1 Commission proposes programme to promote digital content production
2.2 Content rating - Commission still examining the results of INCORE study

3. COPYRIGHT
3.1 Copyright Directive - Internal Market Council fails to reach a common position but agreement subsequently reached in COREPER
3.2 French Presidency to host conference on rights management

4. ADVERTISING
4.1 Commercial Communications expert group - second opinion delayed
4.2 Misleading advertising - revision of EU Directive delayed until end-2000
4.3 Advertising to children - new study reveals parental perceptions
4.4 Virtual advertising - EBU says that self-regulation is not working

5. AUDIOVISUAL AND GENERAL MEDIA POLICY
5.1 Culture Council - Member States adopt conclusions on the future of audiovisual policy
5.2 Public service broadcasting - Court rules against Commission in state aid case
5.3 Financial Transparency - European Parliament adopts opinion on draft Directive
5.4 Sports rights - Commission clears Eurovision deal
5.5 Council of Europe plans conference on mass media policy
5.6 French Presidency announces priorities
5.7 Fundamental rights - drafting group to consider first full draft in June

6. ENVIRONMENT
6.1 Forest-based Industries Forum - publishing and paper industries continue to differ
6.2 Packaging waste - revision of EU Directive delayed

7. GENERAL
7.1 Data protection - Member States approve 'safe harbor' principles
7.2 Postal services - Commission proposes next phase of liberalisation
7.3 WTO - Council on trade in services adopts framework for continuing negotiations
7.4 US moves away from self-regulation for the protection of financial services data
7.5 Unfair contract terms - Commission assesses implementation of EU Directive
7.6 Competition policy - Commission publishes new guidelines for vertical agreements
7.7 Commission publishes revised internal market strategy
7.8 Commission publishes annual report on competition policy


Dates for your diary

June
5th -6th - Fundamental Rights Charter Convention
5th-6th - FTC hearing on alternative dispute resolution, Washington D.C., USA
5th-6th - Presidency conference on competition policy, Lisbon, Portugal
15th-16th - 6th Council of Europe Ministerial Conference on mass media policy, Krakow, Poland
16th - 17th - EPC Internet Seminar, Bilbao, Spain
26th-28th - OECD Forum 2000, Paris (see www.oecd.org/forum2000)
27th - European Parliament Commercial Communications Group meeting, Brussels

July
7th-11th - Presidency conference on management and legitimate use of intellectual property, Strasbourg, France
12th - 4th European Commercial Communications Forum, Brussels
19th - 20th - Presidency conference on the financing of public service broadcasting, Lille, France
20th-21st - Informal meeting of Culture and Audiovisual Council, Lille, France

September
6th - Second Forest-Based Industries Forum, Strasbourg, France
11th - 12th - Presidency conference on European cultural industries in the digital environment, Lyon, France
11th-15th - Children's Programme Exhibition, European Parliament, Brussels

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

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

General enquiries: Angela Mills
Telephone: +44 (0)1865 310 732
Facsimile: +44 (0)1865 310 739
Emma Ascroft
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Press Enquiries: Heidi Lambert
Telephone: +32 2 732 5546
Facsimile: +32 2 735 3603


1 Electronic commerce

1.1 VAT/e-commerce - Commission expected to table a proposal soon
The European Commission is expected to publish a proposal in early June to adapt the 6th VAT Directive to developments in e-commerce. It will define 'electronic services' and stipulate that VAT should be levied on sales of these goods in the country of consumption as a general rule. The only exception will be for EU companies supplying goods to private individuals in another EU Member State, when VAT will be levied in the country of the supplier. The proposal will also oblige Member States to make it possible for companies to file their VAT returns in electronic form and for sellers in third countries to register for VAT in the EU if their annual sales to private individuals are above a certain threshold. Draft proposal available on request.

1.2 Consumer protection - Commissioner Byrne creates a forum to agree EU principles
Consumer Affairs Commissioner, David Byrne, has created a "core group" of companies, associations and consumer representatives to work towards an agreement on EU principles for confidence-enhancing measures such as trustmarks, codes of conduct and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms for e-commerce. The groups includes BEUC, the ICC, Hewlett Packard and TrustUK. The group will meet for the first time on 5 June and every 2 weeks until July. The Commissioner hopes that the initiative will result in the adoption of a Commission Recommendation in July. This approach is consistent with the Commission's support for more co-regulation in e-commerce. Further details available on request.

1.3 Commission launches eEurope action plan
Following the launch of the eEurope initiative in November 1999, the Commission has published this month an action plan which aims to achieve the goals of the initiative, which have been revised in the light of the conclusions of the Lisbon Summit. The goals include connecting all schools to the internet, linking research networks and reducing access costs to consumers. Further details available http://europa.eu.int/comm/information_society/eeurope/actionplan/index_en...htm

1.4 E-commerce/financial services - Commission plans Communication for the Autumn
The European Commission plans to publish a Communication towards the end of the year examining the coherence of e-commerce legislation with existing EU provisions on financial services. It is understood that there is broad support from Member States for a country of origin approach for financial service promotion but that country of residence control could be tolerated for promotions originating outside the EU. The question of codes of conduct and the availability and presentation of consumer information will also feature in the report. The Commission will also launch its new cross-border dispute resolution system specifically for financial services at the same time. Further details available on request.

1.5 Alternative dispute resolution - Justice and Home Affairs Council invites the Commission to look at civil and commercial law issues
At its meeting on 29 May, the Justice and Home Affairs Council adopted conclusions on alternative dispute resolution (ADR) calling on the Commission, in co-operation with the Presidency, to take stock of existing initiatives and to examine the merits of ADR systems other than binding arbitration before end-2000. In particular, the study should examine the civil and commercial law aspects of ADR. The Commission is also called upon to draft a Green Paper during 2001 assessing the results of this study and recommending any EU action which is deemed necessary, such as basic principles. Conclusions available on request.

1.6 Cybercrime - G8 to adopt conclusions in July
The meting of the G8 nations in Paris this month focused on means of combating computer related crime. The host nation, France, proposed a system of "co-regulation" and urged industry and governments to engage in a dialogue to find workable solutions to the growing problem. A US proposal for a global 'cyber-police' was rejected in favour of national and cross-border efforts. Meanwhile, the Council of Europe has opened its draft Convention on cybercrime for public consultation. The text is available at: http://conventions.coe.int/treaty/en/projets/cybercrime.htm

1.7 Communications Review - second public hearing reveals good support for Commission proposals
The European Commission held a second public hearing on the Communications Review on 10-11 May following the publication of 5 working documents setting out its plans for legislative reform in the areas of access & interconnection, authorisation, data protection, universal service and the general framework. Participants welcomed the decision to have only one threshold for ex-ante regulation and not to extend the universal service. The Commission was criticised for not presenting its draft Decision on spectrum management at the same time. This is expected in June. The question of auctions remains contentious. The Commission received most criticism for its proposal on data protection which proposes an opt-in system for unsolicited emails. Full report available on request. Further details available at: http://www.ispo.cec.be/infosoc/telecomspolicy/review99/index_en.htm

1.8 Radio spectrum - European Parliament calls for harmonisation of allocation procedures

In its opinion on the Commission Communication on radio spectrum, the European Parliament called on the Commission to propose a harmonised method for allocating spectrum. Parliament expressed concern at the high price spectrum fetches at auctions in some Member States, the UK in particular. MEPs fear that these costs will be passed on to consumers and that revenues might not be invested in spectrum management. Parliament called for public service broadcasting to receive special treatment and for more spectrum to be made available to cope with the expected expansion of new services. Full report available on request.


2 Internet (content) regulation

2.1 Commission proposes programme to promote digital content production
The European Commission has formally launched the eContent programme aimed at stimulating the availability of content on digital networks. The programme sets aside _150m over 5 years to encourage private/public partnerships to publish public sector information on the internet and to customise information to the native language of the user. This programme has strong support from Commissioner Liikanen who believes that the development of the mobile internet will increase demand for more personalised services. Further details available from http://www.ispo.cec.be/docs/econtent/pt2000_224_en.pdf

2.2 Content rating - Commission still examining the results of INCORE study
The European Commission is progressing slowly with its plans to release the results of a study carried out by INCORE on the feasibility of a content rating system for Europe. The study was part-funded by the Commission as one of the preliminary actions of the Action Plan to Promote the Safe Use of the Internet and was concluded at the beginning of the year. A decision on its publication is expected shortly. Meanwhile, a follow-up study is underway, funded by the Commission in co-operation with ICRA. Draft final study available on request.


3 Copyright

3.1 Copyright Directive - Internal Market Council fails to reach a common position
Discussions among Member States broke down after 5 hours in the Internal Market Council on 25 May. Although a compromise was reached on temporary copies which makes clear that intermediaries must not tamper with content during transmission, the question of other exceptions and the level of protection for technical measures remains uncertain. The current drafting on Article 6.4 would allow Member States to introduce measures to guarantee access for the purposes of exceptions if rightholders and beneficiaries fail to reach an agreement. An exhaustive list of exemptions which would benefit from this provision is included in the text and is the focus of acrimonious debate among Member States. At the Council meeting, Finland asked for its controversial exemption for 'on-the-spot consultations' to be included in this list. This proposal would effectively give libraries a de fact right to circumvent. The exemption on the reproduction of newspaper articles has now been improved in line with the Berne Convention. Discussions continued in COREPER on 7 June when agreement was reached on a text. Final adoption of the Common Position will take place formally during the French Presidency.

3.2 French Presidency to host conference on rights management
The French government which takes up the Presidency of the EU on 1 July, will continue the debate on copyright in the digital era by hosting a conference in Strasbourg on 9-11 July. The conference to be attended by several EPC members will focus on new methods of content delivery, contracting and licencing, the management of collective rights, enforcement and the international negotiation of broadcasters' rights. Further details available on request.


4 Advertising

4.1 Commercial Communications expert group - second opinion delayed
The Commercial Communications Expert Group continues to make slow progress on the adoption of its second opinion on premiums and free gifts. At the group's meeting on 12 May, it became clear that there is growing support for special measures for children. Some Member States support a minimum level of harmonisation, although this is believed to be less stringent than measures which already exist at national level for these countries. A majority is emerging in favour of mutual recognition for free gifts. The opinion will now be adopted in September. The Commission will begin drafting its Communication on sales promotion in June.

4.2 Misleading advertising - revision of EU Directive delayed until end-2000
The final study on the impact of ethnical social, dietary and nutritional claims on consumers is now expected to be submitted to the European Commission in June. This study will contribute to the revision of the EU Directive on misleading advertising which was scheduled for September. The draft Directive is now expected to be tabled in December. A Commission Recommendation on environmental claims is also expected in December. Meanwhile the ICC is amending its code to deal with environmental claims. Papers available on request.

4.3 Advertising to children - new study reveals parental perceptions
A recent study has revealed that parent do not perceive advertising as a significant influence on their children's lives and consider family, friends and school to have a greater impact on their development. The study was commissioned by the Advertising Education Forum, an industry-funded research body, which seeks to promote the use of self-regulation. Study available at http://www.aeforum.org

4.4 Virtual advertising - EBU says that self-regulation is not working
The Administrative Council of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has adopted a memorandum for the attention of the EU, national governments and marketing organisations calling for European regulations on virtual advertising. Although the EBU has had its own code of conduct for 4 years, it claims that it has not prevented virtual advertising being included in signals without the knowledge of the broadcaster. The memorandum calls for viewers to be informed of all virtual advertising, for prior approval to be given by broadcasters and guarantees that the advertising will not impact on the quality or appearance of the programme. Further details available from http://www.uer.ch

4.5 Tobacco labelling - European Parliament committees repeat their stance on legal base
The European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee has once again called on the Commission to change the legal base of a proposal on tobacco. The proposal seeks to amend the labelling requirements for tobacco products which had been proposed under the single market provisions of the Treaty. The Legal Affairs Committee had asked that the base be changed to the public health provisions as it did during discussions on the proposal for the tobacco advertising ban. The request was over-ruled by the lead committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection which supported retaining the legal base proposed. This legal base requires co-decision with Parliament, thus giving it more decision-making power.


5 Audiovisual and general media policy

5.1 Culture Council - Member States adopt conclusions on the future of audiovisual policy
The Culture Council met on 16 May to adopt conclusions on the Commission's Communication on a strategy for the future of EU audiovisual policy. Ministers called for the special status of public service broadcasting to be protected and for future regulation to support pluralism and cultural diversity. They recognised the valuable role which self-regulation can pay in audiovisual regulation but stressed that it should be seen as complementary to legislation rather than a substitute. The conclusions also called on the Commission to carry out studies on the impact of digital technologies on the information society, economic growth and employment. Full text available on request.

5.2 Public service broadcasting - Court rules against Commission in state aid case
The Court of First Instance ruled against the European Commission for failing to undertake a thorough investigation in a state aid case involving the Portuguese public service broadcaster, RTP. In a ground breaking case brought by SIC (Mr. BalsemaoÕs company) the Court ruled that the Commission was wrong to close the case without gathering more evidence to ascertain whether or not the funding of RTP constituted state aid. This ruling is expected to place further pressure on the Commission to act on complaints of unfair competition brought by commercial broadcasters. A similar case against the Spanish public service broadcasters remains open. Judgement available on request.

5.3 Financial Transparency - European Parliament adopts opinion on draft Directive
The European Parliament has adopted a critical opinion of the proposal to extend the scope of the Commission Directive on transparency of financial transfers from governments to public undertakings to new areas including public service broadcasting. Parliament reiterated its support for the Amsterdam Protocol and adopted an amendment stipulating that the Directive only applies to public service broadcasters where they "operate outside their public service remit". Another amendment seeking to change this to "where they operate on commercial markets" was rejected. Commissioner Monti, however, has restated his belief that the Directive should apply to the activities of public service broadcasters and that they have "nothing to fear" (from transparency). Opinion available on request.

5.4 Sports rights - Commission clears Eurovision deal
In a controversial decision, the European Commission has cleared a deal between members of the Eurovision network (comprising publicly funded broadcasters) jointly to bid for and purchase rights to sporting events and to share broadcast signals. The deal was cleared on the grounds that it reduces transmission costs and benefit smaller countries by giving them access to a broader range of sporting events. The agreement has been approved until 31 December 2005. Further details available on request.

5.5 Council of Europe plans conference on mass media policy
The Council of Europe will hold its 6th Ministerial Conference on mass media policy in Krakow in June. This meeting will focus on choice and diversity in the media, self-regulation and freedom of expression. Ministers are expected to adopt a declaration on its vision for the future of the Council of Europe's mass media committee. This is likely to include more work on freedom of expression and the right to privacy, strengthening of public service broadcasting and monitoring the impact of convergence on key issues such as pluralism. Further details available at http://www.humanrights.coe.int/media/

5.6 French Presidency announces priorities
French Culture Minister, Catherine Tasca, used the occasion of the Culture Council on 16 May to announce France's plans for the Presidency of the EU which it assumes on 1 July. Public service broadcasting will remain high on the agenda and will be the focus of a conference on financing in July. France also promises to defend subsidies in the film sector as the Commission presses ahead with its investigation in to film production and state aid. The Presidency will also promote the production of digital content for the internet and will make the adoption of the eContent proposal (see 2.1 above) a priority. Full details of the Presidency's conference programme available on request.

5.7 Fundamental rights - drafting group to consider first full draft in June
The Convention, the group drafting the EU Charter on fundamental rights, will meet in plenary session on 5-6 June to discuss the first full draft of the Charter. This text includes the redrafted articles on political and civil rights, including the freedom of expression and the right to privacy. It is hoped that the Charter can be adopted under the French Presidency at the European Council Summit in Biarritz in October. Further details available on request.


6 Environment

6.1 Forest-based Industries Forum - publishing and paper industries continue to differ
EU publishing federations, including the EPC, have met with other associations in the forest-based industries sector to discuss plans for the Forum in September which will bring together all branches of the industry as well as Commissioner Liikanen and the French Industry Minister, Christian Pierret. Divisions between publishers and other industries are still evident, as the publishing sector continues to stress the importance of e-commerce as a delivery system while other sectors see it as a threat. This, and the fact that publishers do not share the same degree of interest in the climate change agenda, are expected to be highlighted to the European Parliament when it considers its opinion on the Communication on the competitiveness of the forest based industries in the coming months.

6.2 Packaging waste - revision of EU Directive delayed
The planned revision of the EU Directive on packaging waste has been delayed by continuing disagreements between Member States on how to revise the recovery and recycling targets for waste. The EU is obliged to revise these targets under the existing Directive but there is no agreement yet on the new levels, which are expected to be increased. This issue has delayed the general revision of the Directive until the end of the year. This revision may include the a new annex which, it is proposed, would include packaging for promotional items such as CDs, videos etc.


7 General

7.1 Data protection - Member States approve 'safe harbor' principles
The Article 31 committee of national experts responsible for the implementation of the EU data protection Directive has given its approval to the EU-US agreement to protect data on EU citizens when it is exported to the US. The agreement, reached in March, provides a framework within which US companies can accept data exported from the EU on condition that they provide a minimum level of protection, together with access for individuals to their personal data, and submit to a dispute resolution system in the event that they infringe the principles. The European Parliament must now deliver its opinion within 30 days before the 'safe harbor' agreements is deemed formally approved.

7.2 Postal services - Commission proposes next phase of liberalisation
The European Commission has tabled a draft Directive to liberalise a further 20% of the EU market in postal services by 2003. The proposal will liberalise postal services for all letters and direct mail over 50g (increased from the current 350g limit). All out-going cross-border mail and all express services will be open to full competition. The Commission undertakes to propose a third phase of liberalisation before 31 December 2004, which would come in to effect on 1 January 2003. The French government has already criticised the proposal as damaging for national operators. France will chair the working groups which will consider this proposal later this year. Proposal available at: http://europa.eu.int/comm/internal_market/en/postal/posten.htm

7.3 WTO - Council on trade in services adopts framework for continuing negotiations
Although attempts to restart the Seattle process have yet to bear fruit, plans to improve market access for trade in services have taken a step forward this month. The WTO Council for Trade in Services, which governs the GATS agreement, has agreed a deadline of December 2000 for the submission of negotiating proposals and of March 2001 to begin the next phase of negotiations. The proposal has been welcomed by both the US and the EU. Further details available on request.

7.4 US moves away from self-regulation for the protection of financial services data and consumer privacy online
The US Federal Trade Commission has published new rules imposing a number of obligations on financial services providers in order to protect personal data. Service providers will be obliged to keep their customers regularly informed of their respective data protection policies and offer them a reasonable opportunity to use an "opt-out" register and not have their personal details passed on the third parties. Congress is split on this proposal, which is opposed by industry and the White House. Further details available at: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2000/05/glbpress1.htm Meanwhile the US Government is threatening general privacy laws to protect consumers online in the wake of the DoubleClick case over information collected through ÒcookiesÓ.

7.5 Unfair contract terms - Commission assesses implementation of EU Directive
The European Commission has published its assessment of Member States' implementation of the EU Directive on unfair contract terms. The report makes no proposal to amend the Directive since the provisions remain only partially implemented in Member States. Instead, it highlights areas for improvement such as clarification of the scope and definitions, the need for more transparent information and clearer penalties for infringements. The report also urges further examination of how the Directive can better supervise pre-contractual terms and conditions. Cross-border disputes will be examined in the context of the EEJ-NET proposal. The report will be subject to a public consultation until 30 September. Report available at: http://europa.eu.int/comm/dg24/policy/developments/unfa_cont_term/uct03_en.pdf

7.6 Competition policy - Commission publishes new guidelines for vertical agreements
The European Commission has adopted interpretative guidelines to assist the implementation of the new Regulation on vertical agreements which enters in to force on 1 June. The new Regulation will reduce the number of agreements which require ex-ante approval from the Commission. Full text available from http://europa.eu.int/comm/dg04/entente/other.htm

7.7 Commission publishes revised internal market strategy
The European Commission has revised its 5-year strategy for the internal market in the light on new priorities and the Lisbon Summit. The revised strategy reflects the disappointing response by Member States to meet the deadlines set in the original plan adopted end-1999. The revised strategy highlights in particular the importance of adopting the tax package, reducing state aid and the adoption of the copyright Directive. Further details available at: http://europa.eu.int/comm/internal_market.htm

7.8 Commission publishes annual report on competition policy
The European Commission published its annual report on competition policy for 1999 this month. The report concludes that state aid to businesses remains at a high level but the Commission expects new rules on rescue aid and loan guarantees to slow this trend. The report highlights telecoms as an area which has benefited from strong competition policy, but the Commission stands by its proposal radically to amend the execution of competition policy by delegating decisions on certain agreements to national competition authorities as set out in the White Paper. Further details available at: http://europa.eu.int/comm/dg04/annual_reports/1999/


Documents available on request to EPC members:

European Commission
¬ Revised strategy for the single market
¬ Annual report on competition policy for 1999
¬ Guidelines on vertical agreements
¬ Report on the implementation of the Directive on unfair contract terms
¬ Draft Directive on the further liberalisation of postal services
¬ Draft Decision creating the eContent programme
¬ eEurope Action Plan
¬ Working documents on the implementation of the Communications Review
¬ 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)
¬ report of the Committee on Industry, External Trade, Transport & Energy (Astrid Thors)

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

Commission Communication on radio spectrum policy (consultation)
¬ final resolution (based on the 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)
¬ final resolution (based on the Randzio-Plath report)

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 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 ¬ Council conclusions on the Commission Communication on the strategy for audiovisual policy in the digital era
¬ Council conclusions on alternative dispute resolution (civil and commercial law aspects)
¬ Presidency compromise text on the draft Directive on copyright
¬ 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 report 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
¬ Court of First Instance ruling on the Commission's wrong decision to close an investigation in to state aid to PRT

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 Balsemao - "Control - them or us?", ICC/UNICE conference "Advertising matters", 27 April 2023

Others
EU-US agreement on 'safe harbors'
¬ agreement on the protection of personal data exported from the EU to the US

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
¬ draft Convention on cybercrime (May 00)

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

Advertising Education Forum
¬ study on parental perceptions of advertising to children

EBU
¬ memorandum on virtual advertising