European Commission

Broadcasters slam new EC copyright plan to increase mobility

A body  that represents European commercial broadcasters and international media groups has reacted unfavourably to new rules on copyright unveiled by the European Commission that could see an extension of the country of origin principle and weaken the ability of rights-holders to trade on a territory-specific basis. The EC proposals, unveiled to coincide with EC president […]

EC and industry groups set out 5G vision

Media and telecom industry groups are setting out their positions ahead of the European Commission’s launch of a ‘manifesto’ for the deployment of the technology in Europe and planned September unveiling of an ‘action plan’ for 5G mobile networks. The 5G manifesto identified key requirements, including substantial investments in new infrastructure, a large amount of […]

EC sets July deadline for Liberty-Vodafone decision

The European Commission’s competition authority has set a provisional July 19 deadline for ruling on Vodafone and Liberty Global’s Dutch merger. The Commission will opt to either approve the deal with or without conditions in the preliminary phase or open a full-scale investigation, according to Reuters. Vodafone and Liberty Global agreed in February to merge […]

Commission’s media plans attract mixed reaction

Industry players have reacted to the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive, unveiled by the European Commission yesterday. John Enser, a partner at media law firm Olswang said the introduction of a European quota for on-demand content will prove controversial. “In an on-demand environment, the prominence obligation is likely to prove highly controversial and subjective – […]

EC greenlights Telenet acquisition of BASE

The European Commission has approved Telenet’s buyout of Belgian mobile operator BASE Company. The Liberty Global-owned cable operator said that the acquisition of BASE Company is now scheduled to be legally closed in “the coming days”. Belgian operator Telenet agreed to buy domestic mobile player BASE for €1.325 billion last April. Telenet said at the time […]

EC spectrum plan raises alarm at EBU

The EBU has expressed strong concern about proposals from the European Commission to set a hard 2020 deadline for clearance of the 700MHz spectrum band for mobile applications and introduce a ‘flexibility option’ to enable other services to use sub-700MHz UHF frequencies under certain circumstances. The EBU says the proposals go against the conclusions of […]

Report: EU set to approve Telenet-BASE deal

The EU is set to give approval to Telenet’s buyout of Belgian mobile operator BASE Company from Dutch telco KPN, according to Reuters. The report claims that the European Commission will brief national competition authorities today and give the green light shortly after, ahead of an official March 17 deadline. Liberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator […]

Juncker: EU unlikely to trigger ‘rule of law’ over Polish media law

The EU is unlikely to take action against Poland over its new media law under the ‘rule of law’ mechanism that could ultimately lead to the country losing its EU voting rights, according to EU president Jean-Claude Juncker. Juncker, in the Netherlands to mark the inauguration of the Dutch presidency of the EU Council, told […]

Polish media law could trigger EU action, warns Oettinger

EU digital economy commissioner Gunther Oettinger has said that a controversial new Polish media law could trigger action under the EU’s rule of law mechanism, which allows the European Commission to apply pressure on member states to rescind measures that threaten European values. In an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Oettinger said that […]

IFTA raises concerns over EC copyright plans

The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) has raised fears over the European Commission’s Digital Single Market plan to allow cross-border access to online content. The alliance claims that plans to allow consumers to access online content acquired in one country in other European states threaten companies’ power to produce and distribute content, echoing concerns […]