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EU edges towards finalising quota rules

European content quota rules for digital streaming services are expected to be finalised by the end of 2019. The European Commission is currently holding talks with local authorities to finalise the details around its proposed quotas, which are expected to sit around 30% for on-demand players such as Netflix and Amazon, according to Variety. To date, […]

EU postpones decision on controversial copyright directive

Trilogue negotiations – the parlaying between Europe’s three key institutions – over the final form of the EU’s controversial Copyright Directive yesterday failed to produce a deal, with participants failing to agree on a range of issues including the controversial Article 13, which would see web companies such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube forced to […]

EU reaches agreement on SatCab directive

The European Union institutions have reached a political agreement on access to online TV and radio services across borders as part of a new SatCab directive. The changes agreed by the European Commission, Parliament and European Council introduce the country of origin principle to enable licensing of rights for programmes that broadcasters want  to offer […]

EU reportedly set to launch full investigation of Liberty-Vodafone deal

The EU is likely to launch a full investigation of Liberty Global’s planned sale of its German and central European assets to Vodafone, according to a Reuters report, citing an unnamed source. The opening of an in-depth investigation by the EU would imply that the EC will reject the request by the German competition regulator, […]

European Parliament approves telecom code

The European Parliament has voted in favour of proposals to create a new European Electronic Communications Code and official status for a body of European regulators. The vote, which follows the European Commission launching the proposals as part of its Digital Single market strategy two years ago, opens the way for the European Council to […]

Telekom ‘surprised’ by EC objections to Tele2 merger

Deutsche Telekom has expressed surprise after the European Commission addressed a statement of objections to its proposed Dutch merger with Tele2 as part of its ongoing in-depth investigation into the deal. In its preliminary analysis the Commission raised competition concerns about the effect of the merger on the mobile retail market, notably in the residential […]

European Parliament approves controversial copyright reform

The European Parliament has approved controversial copyright reform proposals that will see web companies forced to pay for the work of artists and journalists that appears on their sites. The reform, which will give film and TV writers the opportunity to secure more income from internet companies, has been welcomed by groups representing artists and […]

Ansip: Euro-Parliament should move to EC position on copyright reform

The key element of the European Commission’s proposals for copyright reform “was on the right track the first time round” and the European Parliament, which rejected plans to take the reform forward earlier this month, should “move closer to [the EC’s] initial proposal for its September vote” on the issue, according to EC VP Andrus […]

European Parliament committee approves revised audiovisual directive

The European Parliament’s culture and education committee has approved a ‘trilogue’ political agreement on revision of the EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive. The committee’s endorsement of the proposals opens the way for a plenary vote in the parliament later this year. European parliamentary negotiators led by MEP Sabine Verheyen and the Bulgarian presidency of the […]

Public and commercial broadcasters divided over revised audiovisual directive

Public and commercial broadcasters are divided over the merits of the final political agreement on the EU’s revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive, with public broadcaster organization the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) welcoming the result of the final review and commercial broadcaster group the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) slamming it as “a missed […]

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