Conference in Wroclaw identifies threats to press freedom in Europe and inspires calls for action in Brussels and beyond

Last week on Friday 1 July, the European Magazine Media Association, in cooperation with a coalition* of national, European and international journalist, publisher and press organisations, organised a press freedom conference in the Wroclaw Town Hall in Wroclaw, Poland. The conference “(R)EVOLUTION OF EUROPE’S PRESS” brought together 80 media experts, journalists, politicians, start-ups and technology experts from across Europe in order to examine how changing political priorities in Europe and technological innovations are impacting press freedom.

Political pressures still challenge press freedom in Europe, says Michael Ringier in keynote speech in Wroclaw

Last night in the Wroclaw Town Hall, Michael Ringier, Chairman of the Board of Ringier AG, addressed a high-level audience of approximately 60 media experts, journalists, politicians, start-ups and technology experts from 13 different countries at a dinner was hosted by the Mayor of Wroclaw, Rafal Dutkiewicz. This dinner set the stage for the “(R)EVOLUTION OF EUROPE’S PRESS” conference,which is to take place tomorrow, 1 July.

Future Media Lab. annual conference gathers 150 stakeholders in Brussels to explore how technology impacts audience engagement

The 6th Future Media Lab. conference took place on 26 January 2016 in The Panoramic Hall at The Square in Brussels. This conference, titled “Technology and Media: Shaping the Future of Audience Engagement” covered one of today’s most crucial topics for Europe’s media. The full-day event included panel discussions, “reality check” presentations with facts and figures, a keynote speech, an interactive think-tank module with nine innovative start-ups and an interactive debate.

ITRE committee increases advertising requirements for energy products

On 14 June, MEPs of the Industry, Research and Energy committee voted on the draft report of Mr. Tamburrano on the proposal for a Regulation setting a framework for energy efficiency labelling and repealing Directive 2010/30/EU. Despite great support from the EPP and ECR groups, the committee adopted a compromise amendment along with an addition that make it mandatory for all visual advertisements to carry the energy efficiency class of the product advertised (e.g. class A+, A, B, C etc.).

EMMA and ENPA welcome ECOFIN Council conclusions on VAT for e-publications

On 25 May 2016, the Council of the EU (ECOFIN) adopted conclusions on the VAT Action Plan “Towards a single EU VAT area”, published on 7 April by the European Commission. The Council notably “INVITES the Commission to present a legislative proposal which integrates provisions concerning VAT rates for e-publications in the context of Digital Single Market initiatives by the end of 2016 and include an impact assessment”.

The Consumer Rights Directive is under evaluation

Recently, the European Commission has published a roadmap in which it explains its program to evaluate the Consumer Rights Directive. This Directive was adopted in 2011 and became applicable in all 28 Member States as from the end of 2014.

Unique coalition of press and journalist organisations to address Europe’s press freedom challenges in Europe’s Cultural Capital, Wroclaw

The European Magazine Media Association, in cooperation with an alliance of national, European and international media and journalist organisations, is organizing a conference, “(R)EVOLUTION OF EUROPE’S PRESS”, on 1 July 2016 in this year’s European Capital of Culture, Wroclaw, Poland. The event will bring together press publishers, politicians, journalists, academics, start-ups and technology experts to discuss a holistic view of real and potential threats for press freedom in Europe.

Data Protection Regulation: the European Parliament approves new rules

On Thursday last week, the European Parliament plenary adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It will start to apply two years and three weeks after its publication in the EU Official Journal. The Regulation sets out a completely new framework for the lawful processing of personal data and will impact various activities of magazine publishers.

Adoption of the Trade Secrets Directive by the European Parliament: Investigative journalism must be guaranteed

Today, the European Parliament adopted the Directive on the protection of Trade Secrets. European journalists and media associations are concerned that this Directive could put journalists at risk therefore limiting their ability to investigate and report about businesses. This comes at a time when the “Panama Papers” revelations have reaffirmed the essential role that journalists, whistleblowers, and media play in informing citizens about issues of public interest.

In memory of EMMA Honorary Vice-President Kevin Hand

On Thursday, 7 April EMMA’s Honorary Vice-President Kevin Hand passed away following a brief illness. He was previously CEO of Emap and Hachette UK, former Chairman of EMMA’s British member PPA and an outstanding supporter of EMMA. We will all miss his advice and guidance as well his full-hearted support for EMMA. We will make sure to honour Kevin’s commitment to EMMA’s work over the last years and do express our condolence to the ones close to Kevin.

European newspaper and magazine publishers welcome EU Commission's launch of consultation on publishers' rights

EMMA, together with other European Newspaper and Magazine Publishers’ Associations - ENPA, EPC and NME - today welcomed the European Commission’s launch of a public consultation “on the role of publishers in the copyright value chain”. This consultation is an important step at a time when the role and the value of the press needs more than ever to be recognized in a global digital and media environment.

Summary of Future Media Lounge session on AVMSD published

Following last month's Future Media Lounge session, "A media framework for the 21st century: is regulatory convergence necessary?", the Future Media Lab. team has produced a brief summary of the event, which looked into the reform of the European Commission's Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD).