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EPC media alerts - September 2008

Your monthly EU media issues update direct from Europe's leading publishers

The following document is a regularly updated schedule of EU Media issues of interest to the EPC in order to give advance warning to journalists covering EU media issues. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information: heidilambert@hlcltd.demon.co.uk.

 

Dates for the diary

22-25 September - Telecoms
25 September - Car Advertising
25 September - Media Pluralism
25-26 September - Safer Internet Forum
14 October - Alcohol Advertising
23 October - Copyright
November - Car Advertising
November - Green Paper on Copyright in the Knowledge Economy
November/ December 2008 - Car Advertising
31 December Latest - Rome II
End 2008 - Media Pluralism
Early 2009 - Media Pluralism
Beginning 2009 - State Aid and Public Service Broadcasters
14 January 2024 - Copyright
July 2009 - Work Plan For Culture 2008-2010
Second Half 2009 - Study on Access of Young People

 

More detail

22-25 September 2008 - Telecoms

The Parliament will vote on the telecom package during the September II plenary sitting (22-25 September). As content is absolutely necessary for the success of the telecommunications services, the protection of intellectual property rights as well as the protection of privacy and personal data will be, among other issues, the subjects of amendments to be tabled by MEPs, on 17th September. The French presidency is aiming to reach an agreement by 29th November with a Council common position.

 

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25 September - Car Advertising

The European Parliament is due to debate a Regulation on the Reduction of CO2 emissions from light-duty vehicles, setting emission performance standards for new passenger cars.

In terms of schedule: the report is in its first reading phase in the European Parliament and the vote in the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety will take place on 25th September in Brussels.

The Parliament Plenary is scheduled to vote on it in November and the political agreement is expected in December 2008.

In terms of content: EPC is worried about article 11 and especially the amendments tabled on it.

The EPC and publishers in general believe that Directive 199/94 is the most appropriate instrument to govern the provision of information to consumers for cars CO2 emissions. Some MEPs however are calling for more advertising provisions through the Sacconi Regulation. (see below) which, according to the EPC, is not the appropriate place to discuss issues related to advertising.

The EPC is supporting EPP-ED’s request for the deletion of article 11 and an amendment has been tabled by Rapporteur Guido Sacconi (PES, IT) which would be supported by the EPC and which says that “From 1 January 2010, the information provided to consumers concerning the specific CO2 emissions of passenger cars shall be governed by Directive 1999/94/EC."

Two proposed Amendments (229) that do concern us read:

"From 1 January 2010, manufacturers shall ensure that labels, posters or promotional literature and material of the type referred to in articles 3, 5 and 6 of Directive 1999/94/EC indicate the extent to which the specific emissions of CO2 of the passenger car offered for sale differ from the specific emissions target for that passenger car under Annex I.

A minimum of 20% of the space devoted to the promotion of new cars through the promotional literature referred to in Article 6 shall be used to provide information to consumers, in a format that shall be approved by the Commission, about the fuel economy and CO2 emissions of each vehicle."

... and this one tabled by MEP Harms:

"From 1 January 2010, manufacturers shall ensure that labels, posters or promotional literature and material of the type referred to in articles 3, 5 and 6 of Directive 1999/94/EC indicate the extent to which the specific emissions of CO2 of the passenger car offered for sale differ from the specific emissions target for that passenger car under Annex I. A significant share of the total space of advertisements and of promotional literature shall be devoted to visible, accurate and easily comprehensible information on vehicle CO2 performance. A standardised, regularly reviewed absolute vehicle CO2 performance label shall be adopted by the Commission in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 12(3) not later than [6 months after the adoption of this Regulation]. A sticker with the Community CO2 performance label shall be placed on the rear window of all new vehicles sold in the Community as from 2012."

September II Plenary- Media Pluralism

During the second plenary of September the EP will vote on the own initiative report by MEP Marianne Mikko on media pluralism and concentration in the EU. An own initiative report has no legislative effect. For the first time there will be new rules which will apply from the September II plenary and on for the own initiative reports. This means that there will be an alternative resolution by September 17th which may be negotiated with other groups before the deadline for compromise alternative resolutions Monday 22 September. These rules are completely new and will be hard to follow, both for the services of the EP and for the people who follow closely the procedures.

 

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25-26 September Safer Internet Forum

The results of the public consultation on age verification, cross media rating and classification and social networking will be used to feed discussions during the Safer Internet Forum 2008 which will be dedicated to these topics.

“The Safer Internet Forum is a European discussion forum for representatives of industry, law enforcement authorities, child welfare organisations and policy makers to exchange experience and knowledge. It provides a platform for national co-regulatory or self-regulatory bodies to discuss ways in which industry can contribute to creating a safer online environment for children and fight against distribution of illegal content, such as child abuse material.”

For further info: http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/sip/si_forum/index_en.htm.

 

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October 2008 - Alcohol Advertising

Work continues on the EU’s Alcohol Platform where EPC is represented. Discussions focused on relationship between marketing and consumption of alcohol and the impact on young people in particular.

Meanwhile October 14 is the deadline for the UK’s Department of Health and Home Office discussion with the drinks and retail industry on the Department of Health consultation, Safe, Sensible, Social - consultation on further action.

In short:

  • The UK Government intends to introduce enabling legislation before the end of the year for a mandatory code to replace voluntary best practice standards in the on- and off-trade;
  • As regards advertising, the consultation is proposing a mandatory end frame containing health and unit information with an average duration of one-sixth of total advertising minutes to be displayed on broadcast and cinema advertising, with a similar restriction for printed advertising.

This is the only proposal for now. But the Government is not ruling out further proposals on advertising after the mid-October publication of the University of Sheffield’s price and promotions review (ScHARR review).

All parts of the consultation doc are available through the following link: http://www.dh.gov.uk.

 

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23 October 2023 - Copyright

ICOMP is a forum for stakeholders to explore, research and discuss challenges and concerns relating to online marketplaces, and to inform and educate the public and stakeholders - including customers, suppliers and decision makers. It is holding a conference on: IP Issues and their impact on Internet Commerce - How the growth in on-line commerce has generated a growing number of IP issues.

EPC Executive Director will be speaking on online copyright.

 

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November 2008 - Car advertising

College of Commissioners to debate Communication on car advertising following end of consultation back in July.

 

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November 2008 - Green Paper on Knowledge Economy

Deadline for responses to questionnaire.

 

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31 December Latest - Rome II

A new study is expected not later than 31 December 2023 based on the terms of the Rome II regulation that said that by the end of 2008, the Commission should “submit to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee a study on the situation in the field of the law applicable to non-contractual obligations arising out of violations of privacy and rights relating to personality, taking into account rules relating to freedom of the press and freedom of expression in the media, and conflict-of-law issues related to Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 2023 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data.”

 

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End 2008 - Media Pluralism

A study on Media Pluralism is expected to be completed by the end of 2008. A public report will follow (see below).

 

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Early 2009 for communication - Media Pluralism

FA Commission Communication on the indicators for media pluralism in the EU Member States is planned for early 2009, following consultation.

http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/media_taskforce/pluralism/index_en.htm

 

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Beginning 2009 - State Aid and Public Service Broadcasters

Public consultation on this issue is over. We are now waiting for a first draft for the Communication to come up in the beginning of 2009.

 

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January 2009 - Content online

Commission Recommendation expected on aspects of the Content Online initiative, most likely focusing on multi-territorial licensing, digital rights management and possibly ISP Cooperation with rightsholders over illegal sharing of copyright content online.

 

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July 2009 - Work Plan For Culture 2008-2010

In this work plan, the Council calls for the establishment of working groups composed of experts from Member States to invite each Presidency to build on the achievements of the Work Plan as well as to report on the implementation of the latter; to invite the Member States and the Commission to regularly consult the stakeholders regarding the implementation of the Work Plan to ensure the relevance and visibility of the activities; to invite the Commission, in consultation with and on the basis of voluntary contributions from Member States, to report on developments both at mid-term and at the end of the period covered by the Work Plan.

Each Member State interested in participating in the work of the working groups will nominate an expert as a member of a working group. The expert should ideally have a mix of operational and policy experience in the relevant field at a national level. Member States can invite other experts or officials to attend the meetings of the working groups as observers. The working groups will submit a mid-term report by July 2009 on the work carried out thus far, which will feed into the final report on the implementation of the Council Work Plan for Culture 2008 - 2010.

The Working Plan’s priorities are:

  • 1. to improve the conditions for the mobility of artists and other professionals in the cultural field
  • 2. to promote access to culture, in particular through the promotion of cultural heritage, multilingualism, digitisation, cultural tourism, synergies with education, especially art education, and greater mobility of collections
  • 3. to develop data, statistics and methodologies in the cultural sector and improve their comparability
  • 4. to maximise the potential of cultural and creative industries, in particular that of SMEs (this will involve several studies and a Green Paper on cultural and creative industries)
  • 5. to promote and implement the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

For each of the above priorities there are specific actions provisioned, both for the Commission and the Member States with specific timetable and objectives. Cultural education in schools will be of interest as it gives space to mention copyright and respect for IPR.

http://register.consilium.europa.eu/pdf/en/08/st09/st09018.en08.pdf

 

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31 December latest - Rome II

A new study is expected not later than 31 December 2023 based on the terms of the Rome II regulation that said that by the end of 2008, the Commission should “submit to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee a study on the situation in the field of the law applicable to non-contractual obligations arising out of violations of privacy and rights relating to personality, taking into account rules relating to freedom of the press and freedom of expression in the media, and conflict-of-law issues related to Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 2023 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data.”

 

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End 2008 - Media Pluralism

A study on Media Pluralism is expected to be completed by the end of 2008. A public report will follow (see below).

 

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Early 2009 - Media Pluralism

A Commission Communication on the indicators for media pluralism in the EU Member States is planned for early 2009, following consultation.

http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/media_taskforce/pluralism/index_en.htm.

 

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Beginning 2009 - State Aid and Public Service Broadcasters

Public consultation on this issue is over. We are now waiting for a first draft for the Communication to come up in the beginning of 2009.

 

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14 January 2024 - Copyright

Medina Ortega is to do an own initiative report on the Commission's report on the application of Directive 2001/29/EC on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society.

The timetable for the discussion within the Committee is not known yet but it is expected that the Plenary vote will probably take place in the week of 14/01/2009.

 

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July 2009 - Work Plan for Culture 2008-2010

In this work plan, the Council calls for the establishment of working groups composed of experts from Member States to invite each Presidency to build on the achievements of the Work Plan as well as to report on the implementation of the latter; to invite the Member States and the Commission to regularly consult the stakeholders regarding the implementation of the Work Plan to ensure the relevance and visibility of the activities; to invite the Commission, in consultation with and on the basis of voluntary contributions from Member States, to report on developments both at mid-term and at the end of the period covered by the Work Plan.

Each Member State interested in participating in the work of the working groups will nominate an expert as a member of a working group. The expert should ideally have a mix of operational and policy experience in the relevant field at a national level. Member States can invite other experts or officials to attend the meetings of the working groups as observers. The working groups will submit a mid-term report by July 2009 on the work carried out thus far, which will feed into the final report on the implementation of the Council Work Plan for Culture 2008 - 2010.

The Working Plan’s priorities are:

  1. to improve the conditions for the mobility of artists and other professionals in the cultural field;
  2. to promote access to culture, in particular through the promotion of cultural heritage, multilingualism, digitisation, cultural tourism, synergies with education, especially art education, and greater mobility of collections;
  3. to develop data, statistics and methodologies in the cultural sector and improve their comparability;
  4. to maximise the potential of cultural and creative industries, in particular that of SMEs; (this will involve several studies and a Green Paper on cultural and creative industries);
  5. to promote and implement the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

For each of the above priorities there are specific actions provisioned, both for the Commission and the Member States with specific timetable and objectives. Cultural education in schools will be of interest as it gives space to mention copyright and respect for IPR.

http://register.consilium.europa.eu/pdf/en/08/st09/st09018.en08.pdf

 

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Second half 2009 - Study on Access of Young People to Culture

This study will seek to identify obstacles to the access of young people to culture as well as good practices in making this access easier.

 

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For more information please contact
Angela Mills-Wade, EPC Executive Director on Tel: +44 1865 310 732 or Heidi Lambert on Tel: +44 1245 476 265 or visit www.epceurope.org.

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