Newspaper and Magazine publishers slam European Parliament report for dismissing proposal for a Publisher's Right and prioritising litigation over licensing and cooperation


 Brussels, 08 March 2017 –

Published yesterday evening, Tuesday, 7 March, EP Rapporteur Therese Comodini Cachia's report on the EU copyright reform package recommends rejection of the propsal for a Publisher's Right that would go some way to address the major challenges faced by publishers striving to finance an independent press and professional journalism in the face of widespread theft of their digital content and diversion of revenue-earning potential.


ENPA President Carlo Perrone: “The European Press Publishers are highly disappointed that Mrs. Comodini endangers the press publishers’ right in her draft report, which goes below the minimum level of protection provided by the Commission’s proposal in Article 11. Press publishers urge the European Parliament to ensure a clear and unambiguous right for the press like any other creative sectors (cinema, music or broadcasting). This right is an indispensable condition for the sustainability of the press and for the future of journalism in Europe.”


Carlo PERRONE, Président de l’ENPA: “Les éditeurs de presse en Europe sont extrêmement déçus du projet de rapport de Mme Comodini qui met en danger le droit des éditeurs de presse et ne garantit pas le niveau minimum de protection prévu dans la proposition de la Commission à l’article 11. Les éditeurs de presse exhortent le Parlement européen à assurer un droit clair et non-ambigu pour la presse tel que ceux des autres sectors créatifs (cinéma, musique, audiovisuel). Ce droit est une condition indispensable pour garantir la viabilité de la presse et assurer l’avenir du journalisme en Europe.”



To read the joint EMMA, ENPA, EPC and NME press release, click here.


Sophie Scrive

Executive Director, ENPA

Tel.: +32 2 551 01 97

Rue de Namur 73A, B-1000 Brussels


Act now to #SaveYourPress


 Brussels, 23 February 2017 –

Ahead of the upcoming votes on the revised EU Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market, European publishers’ associations are launching the #SaveYourPress campaign to promote support for the Publisher’s Right across the EU.



The campaign, which seeks to combat misleading information while protecting high-quality journalism, calls for commercial operators to properly and fairly compensate publishers and journalists whose work is re-produced for commercial gain.


Unlike other content producers, publishers currently do not possess any rights of their own at the European level regarding their published products. This lack of clarity is exploited by major online services and news aggregators, who profit on press publishers’ investment and the unprotected work of independent journalists.


To compete profitably on all platforms, press publishers ask for the same rights that are already enjoyed by broadcasters, music and film producers. Protections to monetise their work would enable publishers to invest in independent press and high quality content.


The European Commission’s copyright proposal, which recognises publishers as key rights-holders under the EU copyright framework, has faced fierce opposition. Opponents have been particularly vocal about the alleged establishment of platform liability and its alleged impact on news snippets and links.


The #SaveYourPress campaign aims to battle these claims and clarify that the Publisher’s Right is not an attempt to stop individual users from freely sharing news articles on social media. The Publisher’s Rights means that news aggregators will have to pay their fair share for other peoples’ work. A stronger publishing industry means more diverse, independent and high quality journalism for readers to enjoy and share with their families and friends.


To learn more about the Publisher’s Right and why it’s right for Europe visit the and websites.



Karin Fleming

Communications Manager, EMMA & ENPA

Tel.: +32 2 536 06 07

Rue de Namur 73A, B-1000 Brussels


French and German publishers unite to support European Commission copyright proposal


15 February 2017

In a press statement released earlier today, Mathias Döpfner, President of the Federation of German Newspaper Publishers (BDZV) and Francis Morel, President of the Association of French National Newspaper Publishers (SPQN) expressed their strong support of the European Commission's proposal for the introduction of a press publishers' right under European copyright law.


To read the proposal in its entirety, please click here (EN), (FR) and (DE).

Own-initiative report on whistleblowers adopted in plenary


Brussels, 14 February 2017 -

Today, 14 February, the plenary assembly in Strasbourg approved an own-initiative report on the role of whistleblowers in the protection of EU’s financial interests, put forward by the Budgetary Control (CONT) Committee earlier this year.


This report calls for a comprehensive, EU-wide whistleblower protection programme, as well as the creation of an independent EU body to help internal and external whistleblowers disclose pertinent information.


This resolution follows-up the adoption of the Trade Secrets Directive in April 2016, which raised doubts as to whether journalists and whistleblowers would be appropriately protected. While the Directive did include exceptions for the exercise of freedom of expression and information, in our view they were not clear enough and meant that the safeguards for freedom of media would largely depend on how national governments would implement the directive. At the time of adoption, EMMA and ENPA, together with the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Reporters Without Borders (RWB), and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU - UER), warned of the chilling effect the directive could have on both whistleblowers and journalists.


This report will later be followed by a Legal Affairs (JURI) Committee report on “legitimate measures to protect whistle-blowers acting in public interest when disclosing the confidential information of companies and public bodies”. A rapporteur is yet to be appointed.

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Press release


The Commission proposal for an ePrivacy Regulation seriously undermines the economic sustainability of the digital press



Brussels, 10 January 2017 –
Today, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal for an ePrivacy Regulation concerning the respect for private life and personal data in electronic communications and repealing the existing Directive 2002/58/EC (last modified in 2009). Among other things, the proposal introduces new rules governing the use of cookies, which will significantly affect the business model of the digital press (...)


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Newspaper and magazine publishers hail 2017 as critical for the future of independent media and professional journalism.



Tomorrow, 11 January, the EPP group in the European Parliament will kick off what will be a busy year for debates, hearings and legislative progress on the controversial EU copyright reform. (...)


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European newspaper and magazine publishers welcome EU Commission’s proposal on reduced VAT for e-publications


Brussels, 1 December 2016 –

The European Newspaper Publishers’ Association (ENPA) and the European Magazine Media Association (EMMA) jointly welcome the European Commission’s proposal for a Directive as regards rates of value added tax applied to books, newspapers and periodicals that endorses the possibility for all Member States to choose to apply zero, super reduced, or reduced VAT rates, which are currently applicable to printed newspapers and magazines, to the digital environment.

The proposal, which was released today, states:

“Member States should be enabled to align the VAT rates for electronically supplied publications with lower VAT rates for publications on any means of physical support.”


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Press Freedom in a Digital World: The Value of Copyright


The event organized on Tuesday, 29 November gathered around 70 persons from the press publishing sector throughout Europe and from the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council.


High-level speakers attended this debate on the Copyright reform:

  • Therese Comodini Cachia, MEP, rapporteur in the European Parliament
  • Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society
  • Laurent Joffrin, Directeur de la rédaction et de la publication, Libération
  • Thomas Höppner, professor of civil and intellectual property law, Berlin
  • Fabienne Brison, doctor in law and professor of intellectual property, media law
  • François le Hodey, CEO of IPM/La Libre Belgique
  • Carlo Perrone, ENPA President, Vice President, Italiana Editrice, S. p. A. (ITEDI - La Stampa & Il Secolo XIX)
  • Valdo Lehari Jr, Publisher and Managing Director/CEO Reutlinger General Anzeiger

Press Freedom in a Digital World: Photos Gallery


Press publishers join forces to safeguard democratic values in Europe by making the case for a strong European copyright

Brussels – 27 September 2016. “Empower Democracy” (, officially launched today, is a cross-border alliance initiated by Europe’s press publishers to raise awareness about the crucial democratic role of the press, the need for a free, independent, pluralistic and vibrant press sector in Europe is acknowledged in the ongoing copyright reform.

Europe's media landscape is unique in its diversity. “We have to recognise the fundamental conditions for media pluralism and freedom and to defend them, also taking responsibility for the new framework in this area: regulatory and non-regulatory. We need trustworthy media.” says MEP Michal Boni.

“It is crucial that the contribution made by press publishers to media diversity, freedom of speech and European pluralism must be properly valued” says Mark Dekan, CEO of Ringier Axel Springer publishing newspapers and magazines online and print in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Serbia. “A strong media sector needs a strong legal framework: a Europe-wide publisher's right. With such a right, press publishers will be able to defend their intellectual property against unauthorised use, thereby protecting the value of their work. We call upon the European Parliament and the European governments to fully support this important regulatory initiative that was presented almost 2 weeks ago!”


The website underlines the importance of the publisher’s right in helping to maintain independent, pluralistic media in Europe.
By introducing a publisher’s right, publishers would be given the right to legally protect what is theirs, which would help to address some of the key challenges that publishers are facing in a digitized media world. Publishers would then effectively be treated the same way as other content producers like broadcasters, film producers, and phonogram producers.

“Press publishers are essential to the European economy and are subject to worldwide competition” states Xavier Bouckaert, CEO of Roularta Media in Belgium. “In recent years we have heavily invested in digital business models and innovation. By constantly improving the ways of communicating content to our readers, we shape and frame our digital environment – and pave the way for a future European digital single market. For Europe to become a strong player in the digital sphere, we need a clear regulatory framework to foster growth and unlock Europe’s creative potential.”

In the name of the initiators of the alliance Carlo Perrone, President of ENPA and Italian publisher explains: “The Commission’s proposal represents an historical and significant step by providing a right for press publishers at EU level. This right neither creates a tax on links nor prevents the sharing of links between individual users. It will enable press publishers across Europe to value and protect their editorial content in the digital environment which would highly benefit media pluralism, press freedom and cultural diversity.”

The website was introduced to the public on the 27th of September 2016 during a “Future Media Lounge” debate on the press freedom situation in Europe in the European Parliament.


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Max von Abendroth
Executive Director, EMMA

Sophie Scrive
Deputy Executive Director, ENPA

Angela Mills Wade
Executive Director, EPC

Wout van Wijk
Executive Director, NME


Press publishers in Europe respond to public consultation on reduced VAT rates for electronically supplied publications


 Brussels, 20 September 2016 – ENPA - the European Newspaper Publishers’ Association - and EMMA - the European Magazine Media Association – have responded to the public consultation launched by the European Commission on reduced VAT rates for electronically supplied publications.


 This public consultation paves the way for the Commission’s upcoming proposal which would allow Member States to apply the same zero, super reduced or reduced VAT rates applicable for printed newspapers and magazines also to the digital environment. In its reply to the public consultation, ENPA and EMMA have reiterated the urgent need for such a legislative change in the VAT legislation.


 On 6th May 2015, European Commission President Juncker made a speech at the BDZV congress in Brussels in which he declared support for a reduction of VAT on digital press and stated that the Commission would come forward with a proposal. This intention has been recently confirmed by Commissioner Moscovici which highlighted the Commission’s plan to present a proposal by the end of 2016 allowing Member States to lower VAT rates for the press in the digital environment.


 In their joint submission, ENPA and EMMA have highlighted the positive economic benefit of such a change for the sustainability of press publishing companies and for responding to readers’ increasing demand for professional journalistic content and innovative services in the digital environment. Publishers would be able to keep a high level of investment in editorial content whilst maintaining the lowest possible price for readers.


 Finally, the press publishing sector in Europe plays a key-role in education and literacy at a time when our society, especially the young generation, are increasingly reading news on all digital platforms. Reducing VAT on the digital press would improve accessibility to pluralistic and diverse press content, which is crucial for safeguarding Europe’s democratic values, media pluralism and cultural diversity.


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Contact :



Deputy Executive Director

ENPA - European Newspaper Publishers’ Association

Rue de Namur, 73A

B-1000, Brussels, Belgium

Tel.: +32 (0)2 551 0197

Fax: +32 (0)2 551 01 99



 European Affairs Manager

EMMA – European Magazine Media Association

 Rue de Namur, 73A

B-1000, Brussels, Belgium

 Tel: +32 2 536 06 08


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Brussels, 14 September 2016 - Newspaper and magazine publishers welcome the European Commission’s proposal for publishing rights


Europe’s leading Newspaper and Magazine Publishers’ Associations EMMA, ENPA, EPC and NME welcome today’s proposal by the European Commission to recognize publishers as rightholders in EU copyright law.


"The introduction of a publisher’s right at EU-level is a necessary and historically important step in guaranteeing media pluralism as an essential basis for freedom of opinion and democracy in the digital world," declared the publishers’ organizations today in Brussels. The Commission’s proposal takes into account the unsatisfactory situation whereby the high-quality content produced by press publishers contributes to the success of many online platforms that do not make a significant contribution to the content, while publishers do not benefit from an appropriate share of the value produced.


The Commission is correct in its assessment that, without adequate legal protection at EU level, the sustainability of publishing industries may be at stake with the risk of further negative consequences on media pluralism, democratic debate and quality of information.




On a daily basis, European newspaper and magazine publishers produce thousands of articles which, in the age of the internet, can be partly or fully copied, recycled and marketed by third parties within just a few seconds. Press publishers have long underlined the importance of being able to get a return on their investment in professional journalism, in particular in the context of third parties’ commercial use of their products, in order to continue their important role of providing information, entertainment and opinion in our democratic society. This has been recognised by the Commission in its proposal today, which provides protection for press publications and recognises the important role of press publishers. This step is long overdue, as all other sectors of the creative industries except for the publishing sector currently enjoy their own rights. It was time to close this loophole in order to provide legal certainty for press publications in the digital world.


To achieve this goal, it is important that the proposal is not subsequently weakened, and that it includes all the necessary rights to meaningfully enable press publishers to market their products. It is equally important to sustainably secure press publishers’ share of fair compensation for uses of the work made under limitations or exceptions, without being burdensome.


What remains certain is that the publisher’s right will have no impact on the freedom of the internet, in particular on linking. All regular copyright exceptions, such as those relating to quoting, illustration, research and private copying, etc. will still apply.


Download  the ENPA, EMMA, EPC and NME coalition  press briefing here


Download the full press release here


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The proposal of the EU-Commission is available here



On behalf of:


ENPA – European Newspaper Publishers Association &



EPC - European Publishers Council &


EMMA – European Magazine Media Association


NME – News Media Europe



ENPA and EMMA moved to new office


ENPA has moved jointly with EMMA to a new office in Rue de Namur 73 A, 1000 Brussels.

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On 1 July 2016, media experts and stakeholders from throughout Europe joined together in Wroclaw, Poland, to participate in the press freedom conference ®evolution of Europe’s Press, organized by ENPA together with EMMA and an alliance of other press and journalism associations. 


The conference saw a host of interesting events and speeches, focusing on the role of the media in in modern democracy, and current challenges and threats to Europe’s media. Participants were involved in developing a range of suggestions to overcome such challenges, such as a revision of privacy or antiterrorism laws to avoid arbitrary interpretation from national judiciaries causing risks to media freedom. The promising ideas formulated at this event will continue on as part of the Future Media Lab dialogues. The next important event to note is the upcoming Future Media Lounge session in September, at the European Parliament in Brussels. (Details to follow). You can find more information about the press freedom conference here.


On the 27-29 June, the 2nd UNESCO European Media and Information Literacy Forum took place in Riga, at the National Library of Latvia. Ms. Elodie Depré, media literacy project manager and communication officer at, spoke on behalf of ENPA on ‘bridging concept and practice: mediators of MIL at the Local Level (The Role of Libraries and Media Networks as Mediators in Promoting MIL (The Case of Latvia) and Other Target Groups (Parents, Teachers, Industries).


The session covered important questions related to how the potential of the different actors could be reached in strengthening media and information literacy, how the different actors could best synergize their efforts to help children in achieving media and information literacy, and how to link in other important concepts such as gender equality in media and information literacy.


More information can be found at

ENPA meeting with Vice-President Ansip

On 6 June 2016 an ENPA delegation of press publishers from across Europe met with the European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by the news media sector in the digital single market, with a particular focus on copyright, VAT and the AVMS Directive.

Delegation from right to left: Tomáš Kamenec from Petit Press Publishing House in Slovakia, ENPA Vice President Valdo Lehari jr., Publisher of Reutlinger General-Angzeiger in Germany, Sophie Scrive, ENPA Deputy Executive Director, ENPA President Carlo Perrone, Vice President of Italiana Editrice S.p.A. (ITEDI), Andre Veskimeister, Member of the Management Board of Ekspress Grupp in Estonia, Vice-President Andrus Ansip, François Le Hodey, CEO of IPM Group (La Libre Belgique),  ENPA Vice President Bruno Pachent, Directeur Exécutif de Média Sud Europe in France, Carolin Wehrhahn, Head of BDZV Brussels Office

Publishers' Right in a Digital Age

Adequate legal protection is needed to ensure the diversity of the press and the future of quality Journalism in Europe 


The European Commission has launched a consultation on publishers’ rights on 23 March 2016. This provides an important opportunity for the Commission, ahead of legislative proposals for EU copyright reform, to properly assess the copyright-related challenges faced by the publishing community in the digital era, what is at stake and the appropriate way to address these issues at EU level.


The consultation is much welcomed by the publishing community, as it provides the opportunity to acknowledge the value of the press to society and the digital economy, and to set the record straight on the challenges posed in the digital environment and how to best address them at EU level.


The hope is that it could ultimately lead to much-needed adequate legal protection of publishers in the EU copyright framework, in particular by clarifying at EU level that publishers, like the other content producers (broadcasters, film producers, phonogram producers], are listed as rightholders in EU copyright law. 


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