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Viaplay head meets EU Commissioner

Anders Jensen, Viaplay Group President and CEO, and Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market of the European Union, have met in Brussels to discuss the future competitiveness of Europe’s audiovisual and streaming sector, and the urgent need for supportive policy frameworks that create a more level playing field for ambitious European businesses such as […]

June 28, 2022By Colin Mann

Digital Markets ‘gatekeeper law’ steps forward

The EU’s proposed Digital Markets Act has moved nearer the statute books with the nod from the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. The full parliament should approve the text in December, then there will be negotiations to start with the EU Council on a final version. The DMA targets so-called ‘gatekeepers’ – […]

November 23, 2021

EU states face copyright rules action

Twenty-three EU countries, with the most prominent being France, Spain, Italy, risk being taken to court for delays in enacting EU copyright rules which seek to ensure a level playing field between the EU’s creative industries and online platforms, into national law. The European Commission has sent letters of formal notice, the first step of […]

July 27, 2021By Colin Mann

EU quota threat to UK productions

A paper circulated among its member states suggests that in the wake of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, the bloc is preparing to act against the “disproportionate” amount of British television and film content shown in Europe. The UK’s dominance of international broadcast sales has been described as a threat to Europe’s “cultural […]

June 22, 2021By Colin Mann

EC confirms Spain DTT aid broke rules

The European Commission has concluded that the aid received by terrestrial operators for the digitisation and extension of the terrestrial television network in remote areas of Spain was against EU State aid rules. Following the annulment of a 2013 Commission decision, the additional investigation has confirmed that, between 2005 and 2008, the operators of terrestrial […]

June 10, 2021By Colin Mann

Report: European content 27% of all SVoD in EU

The European Audiovisual Observatory has published its latest report on Film and TV content on VoD platforms in Europe. The report finds that European film and TV series seasons represent 32 per cent of all content found on TVoD and 27 per cent of SVoD in the EU. Further key findings from the report include: […]

December 9, 2020

EU plans Data Governance Act

The EU has revealed plans for a new Data Governance Act (DGA), that it says will benefit citizens, societies and companies in Europe. The Act would govern who has access to the data and what purposes it can be used for and how. This is a key element of the EU’s new strategy, announced in […]

November 26, 2020

EU States call for 5G ‘disinformation’ action

Fifteen EU Member States have written to European Union Commissioners calling for a communications strategy that provides reliable information related to 5G. In the letter to Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President, Věra Jourová, Vice-President for Values and Transparency, and Thierry Breton, Commissioner for Internal Market, the States – Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, […]

October 19, 2020By Colin Mann

Report: Video games industry struggles to recruit EU talent

The European Commission has published its EU Skills Agenda shining a light on a digital skills gap that is impacting EU recruitment in Europe’s €21.6 billion-strong video games industry. ISFE CEO Simon Little said: “We welcome the European Commission’s  12 actions in this Agenda as an important step forward to address the skills shortage in […]

July 3, 2020