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EPC media alerts: July 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

July (TBC) - Private Copying Levies
7 July - Telecommunications Package / Electronic Communications Package
16 July - Alcohol and Health Forum
17 July - Content Online Platform
17-18 July - Public Service Media
17 or 23 July - Green Paper on Copyright in Knowledge Economy
28 July - Car Advertising
2 September - Telecommunications Package / Electronic Communications Package
9 September - Car Advertising
18-19 September - Content Online
22 October - Car Advertising
November - 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 to Culture

 

More detail

July (TBC) - Private Copying Levies

Commissioner McCreevy is suggesting the creation of a Forum where the Collecting Societies and Industry will look at issues involving cross-border trade and electronic commerce of consumer electronics as well as the basis and calculation of the different levies.

He has suggested the following topics for a Forum to discuss:

  • First, clamping down on free-riders - the traders who do not pay the levies - leaving legitimate businesses to shoulder the burden and pay while others do not;
  • Second, improving the practical modalities of obtaining reimbursement of levies once electronic equipment is exported to another Member State where a new levy is collected; and
  • Third, seeing if broad principles can be worked out on how levies could be calculated taking into account future technological developments.

His full speech on this issue can be found at: http://europa.eu.

7 July - Telecommunications Package / Electronic Communications Package

  • Vote by IMCO Committee (Rapporteur, Malcolm Harbour.
  • Vote expected in the Committee for Industry Research and Energy of Draft report - amending Directives 2002/21/EC on a common regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services, 2002/19/EC on access to, and interconnection of, electronic communications networks and services, and 2002/20/EC on the authorisation of electronic communications networks and services. (Rapporteur Catherine Trautman).
  • Vote in the Committee for Industry Research and Energy of the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the European Electronic Communications Market Authority.

<DocRef>(COM(2007)0699 - C6-0428/2007 - 2007/0249(COD)).

(Rapporteur: Del Castillo Vera Pillar)

16 July - Alcohol and Health Forum

Next task force on communications will be on 16th July. Agenda not yet available.

17 July - Content Online

Creative Content Online Platform meeting, Brussels to discuss management of rights.

17-18 July - Public Service Media

17-18 July, Strasbourg: Conference of the French Presidency on "Funding of public service media in the digital age" organised by the French Presidency.

17 or 23 July - Green Paper on Copyright in Knowledge Economy

DG Markt revisiting exceptions of copyright in the light of developments in new media.

28 July - Car Advertising

End of public consultation 28th July and proposal for a Communication to go to the college of Commissioners in November 2008.

2 September - Telecommunications Package / Electronic Communications Package

EP Plenary vote on The Telecoms Package.

9 September - Car Advertising

Advertising of cars in the press is still the focus especially of the MEPs in the Committee for the Environment in the European Parliament. In the report "Reduction of CO2 emissions from light-duty vehicles: setting emission performance standards for new passenger cars". MEPs will table amendments to encourage further restrictions on advertising in the media - mainly the printed ones- and make suggestions on what should be written in the text of all promotional literature. The report of MEP Sacconi Guido (PES) will be voted in the committee on 9th September and in the Plenary on 22nd of October.

18-19 September - Content Online

French Presidency Conference on Content Online, Paris.

22 October 2023 - Plenary vote on car advertising

See 9 September for details.

November - Car Advertising

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

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."

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).

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.