ePrivacy Regulation: LIBE vote jeopardizes the digital future of the press in Europe
In view of the vote in plenary session, ENPA and EMMA urgently call on MEPs to reject the mandate for the trialogue negotiations and instead allow for a true and transparent democratic debate that could ensure a balanced approach for the protection of citizens and their democratic values, including freedom of the press and their right to access to information.
ePrivacy Regulation: MEPs shall guarantee data protection in a pluralistic media landscape and not empower dominant US giants
On behalf of the press publishing sector in Europe, we urge the members of the LIBE Committee not to take a dangerous route that will not only go against the future of a free and independent press in Europe but also against the rights of individual citizens.
ePrivacy: press publishers urge European Parliament to avoid citizens’ data control by dominant technological players
29 September 2017 – The European Parliament had a first vote on the draft E-privacy Regulation in the Internal Market Committee yesterday. After the fast adoption of the other opinions next week, the report of MEP Lauristin will already be submitted to the vote in the leading Committee for Civil Liberties on 12 October.
European media business welcomes clarification of rules applying to State Aid to public broadcasters
Today representatives of the European media business – including the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT), the Association of European Radios (AER), the European Publishers’ Council (EPC), the European Newspaper Publishers’ Association (ENPA) and the German Association of Commercial Broadcasters and Audiovisual Services (VPRT) – welcomed the conclusion of the revision of the 2001 Broadcasting Communication. The Communication sets out the principles to be followed by the Commission in the application of Articles 87 and 86(2) of the EC Treaty to State funding of public sector broadcasting. In the EU 27, state aid to broadcasting is estimated as being worth at least Euro 22 bn per year. In the current economic environment, it is of ever greater importance that the European Union rules on state aid are rigorously applied so as to ensure that those private sector companies who do not seek public support are not unfairly disadvantaged.
European Parliament Plenary adopts further restrictions advertising for energy consuming products
The European Parliament voted in plenary on the report of Mr Tamburrano (EFDD/IT) on the proposal for a regulation setting a framework for energy efficiency labelling and repealing Directive 2010/30/EU.
European press publishers applaud European Commission landmark decision in competition case against Google
European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager announced that the EU competition authority concluded that Google’s practice of illegally favouring its own services in search results breached EU antitrust rules, undermining competition in Europe.
European press publishers underline the need for an alignment of digital and print VAT rates, following Council Ecofin Meeting
European press publishers regret the outcome of today’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) meeting, which ended without a political agreement on the adoption of the proposal to amend the existing EU VAT directive in order to allow Member States to apply reduced VAT rates to digital publications.
Press freedom and media pluralism under threat in European Parliament vote on the Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) Directive
Publishers of newspapers and magazines in Europe today sounded the alarm ahead of a vote in the European Parliament on the proposal for an updated AVMS Directive that could seriously undermine media pluralism and press freedom in Europe.