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2014

  • First meeting of the EP working group on copyright. (December)
  • List of EP intergroups published, new intergroup on creative industries created. (December)
  • EC investigation of tax ruling practices extended to all EU member states. (December)
  • New EC work programme 2015 published. (December)
  • Member States agree on measures against tax avoidance and aggressive tax planning. (December)
  • EP adopted resolution on the digital single market. (November)
  • Member States adopted the new Work Plan for Culture 2015-2018. (November)
  • EC President Juncker presented the EC's €315bn investment plan. (November)
  • The European Commission presented options for a new VAT system, with the aim to create a definitive VAT regime which would be more simple and less susceptible to fraud. (November)
  • The new European Commission came into office. (November)
  • The EU Court of Justice delivered its ruling in the Bestwater case on video embedding. (October)
  • The EU Directive on orphan works entered into force at national level on 29 October. (October)
  • Outgoing EC President Barroso presented the book "the mind and body of Europe: a new narrative", following up on the eponymous declaration earlier this year. (October)
  • The EU Observatory on Intellectual Property Infringements held its plenary session in Alicante, Spain. (October)
  • The European Parliament approved the new European Commission. (October)
  • EU Tax Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta welcomed the package of measures to tackle international corporate tax avoidance agreed by the G20 Finance Ministers. (September)
  • The European Parliament approved the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as the new President of the European Commission. (July)
  • The European Commission adopted an action plan on IPR enforcement which aims to develop a 'follow-the-money' approach and assists SMEs. (July)
  • The European Commission published a Communication on a revised strategy for the protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property rights in third countries. (July)
  • The European Commission opened an investigation on transfer pricing arrangements on corporate taxation of several multinationals. (July)
  • The new European Parliament started. (July)
  • In the Meltwater case, the EU court of justice ruled that the temporary copying of content involved in browsing the internet does not amount to copyight infringement. (June)
  • The European elections took place. (May)
  • The EU court of justice ruled that an online search engine is responsible for the processing that it carries out of personal data which appear on webpages published by third parties. (May)
  • The high level expert group on taxation of the digital economy presented its final report to the European Commission. (May)
  • The European Court of Justice ruled that the Data Retention Directive was invalid. (April)
  • The European Commission proposed new visa rules, among which a year-long 'Touring Visa' for artists touring the EU Schengen area, with a possible extension for up to 2 years. (April)
  • The European Commission proposal for a single market for telecoms, which includes provisions on net neutrality, was adopted by the European Parliament. (April)
  • The 'New Narrative for Europe', drafted by artists, scientists & intellectuals was presented to EC President Barroso. (March)
  • The European Parliament adopted their version of the new EU data protection reform package. (March)
  • The European Commission's consultation on copyright closed 5 March 2014. (March)
  • The European court of justice delivered its decision in the 'UPC Telekabel Wien' case, ruling that ISPs may be ordered to block access to copyright infringing websites. (March)
  • The latest round of negotiation on the Transatlantic Trade and Investement Partnership (TTIP) took place 10–14 March. (March)
  • The Directive on collective rights management was adopted. The deadline for implementing the Directive into national law is 10 April 2016. (March)
  • In the 'Svensson' case on hyperlinks, the European court of justice delivered its much-anticipated ruling confirming that the authorisation to link to a work freely available online was not required if the initial communication of the work was authorised. (February)
  • The European Parliament's non-binding report on private copying levies was adopted by the European Parliament. (February)
  • The European Commission published a study on access to finance for cultural and creative SMEs. (January)

 

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