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2012

2012 …

  • Creative Europe:  The proposed programme to govern Europe’s cultural and creative sectors for the period 2014-2020 has been adopted by the European Parliament’s Culture and Education Committee. The ‘trilogue’ discussions between the European Commission, Council and Parliament are pending the agreement of the EU’s budget for the same period. (December)
  • Future of copyright: The European Commission published its plans regarding the future of copyright. At the first stage, under the name “Licences for Europe”, a process of stakeholder dialogues will be launched beginning 2013. At the second stage, in 2014, the European Commission will decide on the basis of completed consultations, market studies and assessments, whether to table legislative proposals to reform copyright. (December)
  • Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement: The European Commission launched a new public consultation on the civil enforcement of intellectual property rights, focussing on the efficiency of proceedings and accessibility of measures. The consultation closes on 30 March 2013. (November)
  • Single Market Act II: The Commission published the Single Market Act II (following on from last year’s the Single Market Act I), a set of measures aimed at reaching a truly integrated European single market. (October).
  • Orphan works: The Directive on certain permitted uses of orphan works has now been adopted by the European Parliament and member states. It now has to be implemented by member states within two years. (September)
  • Private copying: The mediation process on private copying remuneration is nearing conclusion. The mediator, former European Commissioner Antonio Vitorino, organised a second round of meetings in October. A first series of meetings were held with stakeholders in April and a consultation on the topic closed at the end of May.
  • Mergers: After a detailed investigation, which saw the European Commission conclude that Universal’s power was a problem across the digital and physical market, including access to media, the European Commission approved the purchase of EMI Recording by Vivendi-Universal, subject to significant divestment of assets (September). Earlier in the year (April) the acquisition of EMI Publishing by Sony/ATV was approved by the European regulator on the basis of weak remedies which were not market-tested.
  • Cultural and Creative Industries: The European Commission published its report on boosting the contribution of cultural and creative sectors to growth and jobs. (September).
  • Digital Agenda: The European Commission published its strategy on cloud computing. (September)
  • Presidency of the EU: Cyprus took over the Presidency of the EU, succeeding Denmark (July)
  • Copyright management: The European Commission published its proposal on collective management of copyright and related rights and multi-territorial licensing of authors’ rights online (July). The proposal is now being discussed by the European Parliament and EU Council of Ministers.
  • Growth and jobs: The European Council agreed on a “Compact for Growth and Jobs”, a set of actions to be taken by Member States and the EU with the aim of relaunching growth, investment and employment and making Europe more competitive. (June)
  • Cultural diversity: As a party to the UNESCO Convention, the European Commission published its first report on the protection and promotion of cultural diversity. (June)
  • IMPALA dinner: British Labour MEP Mary Honeyball hosted a dinner-debate in the European Parliament, an opportunity for EU officials and independent music entrepreneurs to exchange views on the experiences and challenges faced by independent music companies. (March)
  • Platform of Creative and Cultural Industries: IMPALA was reelected to the board of the platform of cultural and creative industries, set up by the European Commission in 2008 as a way to improve the dialogue between cultural and creative industries, civil society, the European Commission and Member States. (February)
  • Presidency of the EU: Denmark took over the presidency of the EU, succeeding Hungary. (January)

 

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