Freedom of expression is at the heart of European democracy and at the core of the newspaper and news media sector. Publishers, editors and journalists defend this freedom in sometimes difficult and dangerous circumstances across Europe and around the world. Independent news reporting acts as a vital safeguard of democratic society, holding to account those in positions of power. In the course of the next five years, European legislators will have the opportunity to take many decisions which could help to ensure a vibrant and sustainable newspaper and news media sector to the benefit of Europe’s citizens. Policy issues on the EU agenda during this mandate will have a profound effect on the ability of the press to operate and thrive in Europe. In this publication, ENPA outlines some of the priority issues affecting the newspaper and news media sector.
ENPA publication entitled "Copyright in the EU Digital Single Market: 10 Recommendations of the Newspaper and News Media sector" (May 2015), outlines the priorities of newspaper and news media
publishers for the ongoing review of the EU Copyright Framework.
We feel that it is of vital importance that future proposals regarding the EU copyright acquis must also take into account the effect it will have on the provision of a diverse range of professional press products for EU citizens. For that, our ten Recommendations include the highest-priority areas for the press sector ahead of the review of the EU Information Society Directive, for the Digital Single Market Strategy and for the future of the Enforcement Directive, including respect for copyright and effective enforcement; relationship with technology platforms; activities of news aggregators and search engines; exceptions and limitations, publishers' exclusive right; digital libraries and text-and-data mining; multi-territorial licensing and cross-border access; user-generated content and contract law.
Building on its core strengths, the European newspaper industry will develop a successful future, both in the print and digital environments. The newspaper sector is set to expand in influence in the knowledge economy, as it continues to fulfil its democratic function and reach new audiences in the digital sphere.
ENPA contributed to the joint publication: "Print Media in Times of Change - a key contributor to EU 2020." Launched in March 2012, this publication is a joint initiative by the Print Media Group of which ENPA is a member of (along with paper producers, publishers, direct marketing associations etc).
ENPA has coordinated a new publication from the Creative Media Business Alliance (CMBA), an informal grouping of Europe’s top media and creative companies and their associations. This publication - “Create. Engage. Inspire” - which opens with a foreword by Commissioner Barnier, provides a brief look at some of the recent innovations and exciting offerings available to consumers from Europe’s creative and media industries.