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2013

2013

  • The European Commission published its first calls under the new 2014-2020 Creative Europe support programme for cultural and creative sectors. (December)
  • The European Parliament adopted a report on a ‘converged audiovisual world'. (December)
  • Copyright: The European Commission launched a wide-ranging consultation on copyright, which will run until 5 February 2014. (December)
  • Creative Europe: Member States agreed to allocate €120 million to a loan guarantee instrument for cultural and creative SMEs, as part of the new Creative Europe programme 2014-2020. The Creative Europe programme was approved by the European Parliament and Council. The first loans will be available in 2016. (December)
  • Taxation of digital services: The European Commission announced the creation of a high level expert group on taxation of the digital economy, to be comprised of up to seven members (internationally renowned experts on the subject) and will focus on identifying the key problems with digital taxation from an EU perspective. As part of the conclusions to their October meeting, heads of state welcomed the Commission's initiative. The first meeting of the expert group took place in December. (December)
  • EU-US trade agreement: On 14 June, member states agreed on a mandate for the European Commission to start negotiating a free-trade agreement with the US. Audiovisual services are excluded from the mandate, but leave the Commission the right to request permission to negotiate on these services later in the process. The three first round of negotiations have already taken place. (December)
  • EU Budget 2014-2020: Following many months of negotiation, the European Parliament voted to pass the Council Regulation laying down the multi-annual budget for the years 2014-2020. (November)
  • Copyright term: The European Commission Directive on the term of protection of copyright and certain related rights should be adopted at national level by 1st November 2013. (November)
  • Collecting society directive: The European Parliament and member states reached a provisional final agreement on the collecting society directive in early November. The European Parliament's lead committee (JURI – legal affairs committee) adopted the text on 26 November, and a final vote in the European Parliament due to take place early 2014. (November)
  • Data protection: The European Parliament's civil liberties committee has backed the European Commission's plans to overhaul the European Union's data-protection rules. It is now up to the member states to agree on their own version of the text. (October)
  • Licences for Europe: The 'Licences for Europe' stakeholder dialogue launched by the European Commission early 2013 has now completed. Commissioners present at the final plenary meeting welcomed the concrete solutions and commitments delivered by Licences for Europe and emphasised the importance of copyright to help protect cultural diversity and the virtuous cycle of creation, growth and innovation. Commissioner for Internal Market Michel Barnier specifically welcomed the proposed micro-licensing scheme for small-scale uses of music. (October)
  • Private copying: A non-legislative report on private copying levies has been produced by MEP Françoise Castex and will be voted on by the European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee in January. (October)
  • Telecoms single market: Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes tabled a proposal to move toward a telecoms single market. (September)
  • Report on cultural and creative sectors: A non-binding report on "promoting the European cultural and creative sectors as sources of economic growth and jobs" was adopted by the European Parliament. (September)
  • Private copying: The European Court of Justice delivered a ruling in the 'Austro Mechana' case, answering key questions regarding private copying systems. (July)
  • WIPO treaty for the blind: On June 28, a WIPO treaty was adopted by member states to implement cetain exceptions into their domestic copyright law. Once ratified, the Treaty will facilitate access to published works for persons who are print disabled. (June)
  • World Creators Summit: The World Creators Summit took place 4-5 June. The main topics of discussion this year were the review of copyright to make it 'fit for the digital age', fair remuneration for creators, collective rights management, public performance rights in the US and piracy. (June)
  • Private Copying: Antonio Vitorino presented his recommendations on private copying levies (see below) to member states and the Legal Affairs committee of the Parliament. Member States are currently reviewing the recommendations, while the European Parliament is also looking at the issue of private copying, with a non-legislative report due to be voted on in early 2014. (May)
  • CISAC case: After 5 years of hearings, the European Court has partially annulled a decision taken in 2008 by the European Commission that found concerted practices between 24 European collecting societies. (April)
  • Copyright Management: MEP Marielle Gallo, responsible for this dossier in the European Parliament, presented her working document on the European Commission proposal on collective management of copyright and multi-territorial licensing. (March)
  • Future of copyright: The European Commission lauched "Licences for Europe", a series of stakeholder dialogues aimed at finding market-driven solutions to licensing issues and wider copyright questions. Meetings will take place until November 2013, after which the conclusions will be presented to the European Commission who will use them as the basis for possible action. (February)
  • Private Copying: Concluding a mediation process with stakeholders launched in 2012, Antonio Vitorino, the ex-Commissioner appointed by the European Commission to oversee a mediation process on private copying levies, published his recommendations. (January)
  • VAT:  Based on the result of the EC consultation on reduced VAT rates (closed January), the Commission aims to table a proposal on this question by the end of 2013. (January)
  • Report on Media Plurality: The High Level Group on Media Plurality published their findings. The report recommends further harmonisation within the Single Market to promote cross-border media activities and access, and greater pro-activity from national competition authorities to guarantee media pluralism and to counter restricted access to online information caused by dominant ISPs.
  • Presidency of EU: Ireland took over the Presidency of the EU, succeeding Cyprus. (January)

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