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EU Media and Audiovisual Policy

Latest news on the media and audiovisual policies of the European Union.

MEPs send copyright reform proposal back for rethink 10 July 2018, 14:00 CET
The EU Parliament rejected Thursday a committee proposal to update EU copyright rules, including measures to monitor and filter uploads to the Internet some described as a 'vote for mass internet censorship'.

MEPs' copyright reform proposals cause Internet concern 20 June 2018, 23:55 CET
Plans to update EU copyright rules, including measures to monitor and filter virtually all uploads to the Internet, backed by MEPs Wednesday, have been termed a 'vote for mass internet censorship'.

EC approves Comcast's bid for Sky 18 June 2018, 22:39 CET
The EU Commission has approved unconditionally the proposed acquisition of Sky by Comcast, a US based global media, technology and entertainment company, saying it raised no competition concerns.

Updated audiovisual rules 07 June 2018, 21:15 CET
The European Parliament and the EU Council confirmed on 6 June the preliminary political agreement reached on 26 April on the revised rules that will apply to audiovisual media across Europe.

30 pct European content quota under new media services directive 27 April 2018, 00:24 CET
The EU institutions reached preliminary agreement Thursday on revised rules for audiovisual media, focusing on protection of minors, hate speech and 30% European content for on-demand services.

EU takes on social media over fake news 29 April 2018, 23:29 CET
The Commission put forward measures Thursday to tackle fake news online, including a code of practice on disinformation, fact-checkers, and actions to promote quality journalism and media literacy.

EU probe threatens Apple's acquisition of Shazam 25 April 2018, 23:42 CET
The European Commission opened an in-depth investigation under the EU Merger Regulation Tuesday into U.S. tech giant Apple's proposed acquisition of the UK's Shazam music identification service.

Brussels confirms antitrust raids on sports media firms 12 April 2018, 00:46 CET
EU officials carried out unannounced inspections in several Member States at the premises of companies active in the distribution of media rights and related rights relating to sports events and broadcasting.

Digital subscriptions portable from 1 April 28 March 2018, 17:24 CET
From 1 April 2018 onwards, Europeans will be able to access the online content that they have subscribed to at home, wherever they are in the EU, EU institutions made clear in a joint statement Tuesday.

Portability of online content services 28 March 2018, 13:14 CET
From 1 April 2018 onwards, Europeans will be able to access the online content that they have subscribed to at home, wherever they are in the EU.

Tax System for EU Digital Single Market 21 March 2018, 17:35 CET
The European Commission proposed on 21 March new rules to ensure that digital business activities are taxed in a fair and growth-friendly way in the EU.

EU experts urge code of practice to counter fake news 13 March 2018, 00:15 CET
A Code of Practices for online platforms and social networks is one of a series of recommendations put forward Monday by a high-level group of experts set up by the EU to counter the spread of disinformation.

EU gives tech giants one hour deadline to remove terrorist content 04 March 2018, 12:38 CET
Tech giants Facebook and Google will be given one hour to remove terrorist content from their social media platforms under tighter rules on illegal content online, released Thursday by the EU Commission.

Funding deal secures future for EU Youth Orchestra 01 February 2018, 15:18 CET
EU ambassadors endorsed Wednesday a provisional agreement reached with the European Parliament on 25 January on future financing of the European Union Youth Orchestra.

Social media record on removing hate speech improves 23 January 2018, 13:28 CET
IT companies removed around 70% of illegal hate speech notified to them, according to an evaluation of the EU Code of Conduct on countering illegal online hate speech carried out by NGOs and public bodies.

Brussels mulls action to protect public from fake news 14 November 2017, 22:48 CET
The EU Commission launched a consultation on fake news and online disinformation Monday, setting up an expert group representing academics, online platforms, news media and civil society groups.

MEPs target fake news and illegal online content 15 June 2017, 22:22 CET
Current laws regulating online platforms need to be updated for the digital age, the European Parliament urged Thursday, reflecting increasing public disquiet about fake news and illegal content.

MEPs greenlight online films and TV while abroad 18 May 2017, 22:29 CET
The European Parliament gave the green light Thursday to new rules enabling EU citizens with subscriptions for online films and TV series to access this content while temporarily in another EU country.

Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled 11 May 2017, 17:52 CET
The Marrakesh Treaty was adopted on June 27, 2013 in Marrakesh and it forms part of the body of international copyright treaties administered by WIPO. It has a clear humanitarian and social development dimension and its main goal is to create a set of mandatory limitations and exceptions for the benefit of the blind, visually impaired, and otherwise print disabled (VIPs).

EU to ratify treaty for better access to books for blind people 11 May 2017, 17:56 CET
The EU Council and European Parliament agreed informally Wednesday legislation to make more books available in formats designed for blind and visually impaired people.

MEPs back lower VAT for e-books 10 May 2017, 15:46 CET
EU citizens could pay less for e-books after plans to allow EU Member States to reduce VAT on e-publications were backed by a European Parliament committee on Wednesday.

EU approves Fox takeover of Sky under Merger Regulation 10 April 2017, 17:29 CET
The EU Commission has given its unconditional approval under the EU Merger Regulation of the proposed acquisition of Sky by U.S. media giant Twenty-First Century Fox.

EU agrees deal to access online films and TV while abroad 09 February 2017, 23:35 CET
EU citizens will be able use their subscriptions to online music, games, films and TV shows while travelling abroad under new rules informally agreed Tuesday by Parliament and Council negotiators.

Social media sites slow to act on hate speech 07 December 2016, 12:41 CET
U.S. social media such as Facebook and Twitter are taking too long to act on hate speech, the EU said Tuesday as it published an evaluation of a code of conduct signed in May.

Code of Conduct on countering illegal hate speech online: First results on implementation 07 December 2016, 12:11 CET
The European Commission published on 6 December 2016 the first evaluation of how IT companies applied the code of conduct to combat illegal online hate speech.