​James Hewes appointed new FIPP CEO

James Hewes will replace Chris Llewellyn as the new CEO of FIPP, the network for global media, of which EMMA is a member as from September 2017. Mr. Hewes’ joined FIPP in 2004 when he was working for the BBC Worldwide, and has been a director of the FIPP Management Board since October 2015. 

European press publishers applaud MEP support of the press publisher’s right in the IMCO Committee

On 8 June, the committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) has voted on the proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.European Press publishers represented by ENPA and EMMA applauds the decision made by the IMCO committee to reject the compromise amendments of rapporteur Mrs. Stihler (UK; Socialist).

Upday reaches agreement with Spanish reproductive rights centre to pay for aggregated news

Last week, Upday, a news aggregator app launched by German publishing house Axel Springer, reached a compensation agreement with CEDRO (Centro Español de Derechos Reprograficos - Spanish Reproduction Rights Centre) to pay ancillary copyright fees for snippets of news stories used in the app.   

MEPs vote to appoint Mariya Gabriel as Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

Earlier today the European Parliament voted to approve the appointment of Mariya Gabriel as the Bulgarian Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.     In this position Ms. Gabriel will be overseeing some of the Commission’s most contentious proposals, including the copyright reform bill, the ePrivacy reform and the reform of the AVMS directive.

European press publishers applaud European Commission landmark decision in competition case against Google

The European Magazine Media Association (EMMA) and the European Newspaper Publishers’ Association (ENPA) welcome the formal decision from the European Commission in the Google competition case, which acknowledges the company’s abuse of its dominant market position.

European press publishers underline the need for an alignment of digital and print VAT rates, following Council Ecofin Meeting

European press publishers regret the outcome of today’s European Council Economic and Social (Ecofin) Committee meeting, which ended without a political agreement on the adoption of the proposal to amend the existing EU VAT directive in order to allow member states the opportunity to apply reduced VAT rates to digital publications.

European press publishers welcome the support of the European Parliament for reduced VAT rates for the digital press

Press publishers across Europe welcome the broad support of the European Parliament towards the alignment of VAT rates for digital books, newspapers and periodicals, which came out of a vote during the mini plenary session in Brussels earlier this week.

European Press Publishers underline importance of defending press freedom on World Press Freedom Day

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day European press publishers call to EU policy and decision makers to uphold press freedom and support the necessary legal framework for a free, independent, pluralistic and vibrant press sector that is able to perform its important role in our democratic society.

European Press Publishers welcome European journalists’ support for the publishers’ right

At the occasion of today’s World Intellectual Property Day, that is a yearly celebration of IP's role in stimulating innovation and creativity, EMMA welcomes     the announcement made by the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) to support the publishers’ right as part of the EU copyright reform. EMMA President Auke Visser stated “Following the recent public statement of the EFJ, it is an important step to see that the European Federation of Journalists acknowledges the need for a publisher’s right at EU level which contributes to press sustainability and employment on a long term. This is a common objective that we want to achieve in order to safeguard press freedom and journalism.”

WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DAY: A celebration of creativity and intellectual endeavour

Today, 26 April, is World Intellectual Property Right Day, a celebration of creativity, invention and intellectual endeavour. This day recognises an established legal system designed to reward all the creators, designers and innovators who enrich our lives and contribute to global progress. IP is the backbone of creativity and provides individuals and companies with the confidence to invest, invent and create, in the knowledge that their endeavour will be protected at law and recognised as belonging to them so they can be paid when it is used and enjoyed by others.

Press freedom and media pluralism under threat in European Parliament vote on the Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) Directive

Publishers of newspapers and magazines in Europe today sounded the alarm ahead of a vote in the European Parliament on the proposal for an updated AVMS Directive that could seriously undermine media pluralism and press freedom in Europe.

Newspaper and magazine publishers slam European Parliament report for dismissing proposal for a Publisher’s Right and prioritising litigation over licensing and cooperation

Published yesterday evening, Tuesday, 7 March, EP Rapporteur Therese Comodini Cachia’s report on the EU copyright reform package recommends rejection of the proposal for a Publisher’s Right that would go some way to address the major challenges faced by publishers striving to finance an independent press and professional journalism in the face of wide-spread theft of their digital content and diversion of revenue-earning potential.

Act now to #SaveYourPress

Ahead of the upcoming votes on the revised EU Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market, European publishers’ associations are launching the #SaveYourPress campaign to promote support for the Publisher’s Right across the EU.

Own-initiative report on whistleblowers adopted in plenary

Today, 14 February, the plenary assembly in Strasbourg approved an own-initiative report on the role of whistleblowers in the protection of EU’s financial interests, put forward by the Budgetary Control (CONT) Committee earlier this year.

EMMA welcomes Antonio Tajani to his new role as European Parliament President

In an unusually competitive election, Italian MEP Antonio Tajani was elected the 29th president of the European Parliament earlier this week after striking a deal with between his political group, the European People’s Party, and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.