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2010

2010 in a nutshell...

  • VAT: The European Commission released its Green Paper on the future of VAT. (December)
  • ACTA: The final version of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was published. (November)
  • Innovation: The European Commission released its “Innovation Union” strategy, comprising ten key elements, including the modernisation of Europe’s intellectual property regime and a review of state-aid and structural funding to boost innovation. (October)
  • Culture programme: The European Commission launched a consultation on the future EU Programme for Culture post-2013. (September)
  • IPR enforcement: The European Parliament voted in favour of the report on Intellectual Property Rights enforcement (the “Gallo Report”), calling for stronger copyright enforcement measures. (September)
  • Presidency of the EU: Belgium took over the Presidency of the EU, succeeding Spain. (July)
  • Independent Music Summit: IMPALA held the 2nd Independent Music Summit in Brussels, with key EU officials, parliamentarians and Member States’ representatives to hear from some of Europe’s most innovative entrepreneurs, independent music companies. (June)
  • Digital Agenda: The European Commission launched the ‘Digital Agenda’ for Europe, part of the EU’s 2020 growth strategy. The text focuses on seven priorities (in particular the creation of a digital single market) and addresses issues such as pan-European licensing, online distribution and collective rights management. (May)
  • Cultural and Creative Industries: The European Commission published its Green Paper on the cultural and creative industries, highlighting issues such as SME access to finance, the need to develop local industries, increasing the mobility of music, and improving market access by creating a level playing field. (April)
  • New Commission: The new Commissioners took office, including Androulla Vassiliou (Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth), Michel Barnier (Internal Market), Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda), Antonio Tajani (Industry and Entrepreneurship) and Joaquín Almunia (Competition). (February)
  • EU growth strategy: The European Commission announced its proposed “EU 2020” growth strategy, focused on creating value through knowledge, empowering people in inclusive societies, and creating a competitive, connected and greener economy. It also includes references to the improvement of IPR enforcement, access to finance for SMEs, better circulation of content, promoting innovation, and a single market for online content and services. (January)
  • Presidency of the EU: Spain took over the Presidency of the EU, succeeding Sweden. (January)

 

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