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January 24, 2017– Creativity Works! statement on the European Parliament rapporteur's proposed inclusion of copyright-protected content and AV services in the proposed Regulation on GeoblockingIn the context of the draft report for the European Parliament IMCO Committee by Mrs. Roza Thun MEP on the proposed Regulation on Geoblocking, the creative sectors gathered in Creativity Works! have expressed severe concerns over Mrs. Thun's proposal to include copyright-protected content such as e-books, music and video-games in the scope of the proposed Regulation, and to extend the scope of the review clause to include audiovisual services. When preparing the proposal for the Regulation, the European Commission explicitly excluded copyright-protected content and audiovisual services from the public consultation. This was done for good reasons. For copyright-protected content, banning geo-blocking practices as unjustified would negatively affect cultural diversity in many creative sectors by curtailing the freedom of services to adapt terms and offerings to local market conditions. This would also put pressure on services to unify prices upwards. In the specific case of audiovisual services, the specificities of the audiovisual sector have long been recognised by European lawmakers. This has resulted in specific legislation to address the sector and its exclusion from broad instruments such as the Services Directive, the scope of which is mirrored by the proposed Regulation on geo-blocking. Please see the full statement here
The European Observatory on IPR Infringements and the European Patent Office have published the second edition of their study on IPR sectors' contribution to EU employment and GDP covering the period 2011-13. This study is the first update since the original report was published in 2013 (covering the period 2008-10). Significant new features provide a substantially improved overview of the contribution of IPR-intensive industries in Europe: - inclusion of Croatia as a new EU Member State; and - the definition of copyright-intensive industries has been brought more closely in line with the widely accepted WIPO classification. Key trends in comparison with the first study: - Employment in CR intensive industries reached 11.6 million (direct) or 15. 2 million (direct+indirect) of total employment (versus 7 million direct in the 2013 edition of the study); TheThe contribution of CR intensive industries to GDP is estimated at 914,6 million EUR (versus 509 million EUR in the 2013 edition of the study). The full study can be found here.
September 14, 2016 - Press Statement from Creativity Works! on the European Commission's Copyright Package.
Today the European Commission has published its proposals for copyright in the digital age. Copyright is the economic foundation for Europe’s cultural and creative sectors, which employ more than 7 million people with a wide range of skills. It stimulates creation, innovation, investment, production and dissemination of creative works, and has made it possible for the creative and cultural sectors to meet consumer demand for legal online content. Our sectors have been devising new ways to entertain audiences for years, as new technologies have opened new possibilities for creative expression and enjoyment of cultural works. Today, we are digital sectors, and audiences can access more creative works online than ever before: no matter where in the EU, Europeans have access to over 30 million licensed songs; over 3,000 Video-on-Demand Services (VOD); and over 2 million e-book titles, while images have made the internet the vibrant and engaging place we enjoy today. Please see the full press statement here.
September 14, 2016 - European Commission proposal threatens audiovisual content in Europe and erodes cultural diversity to the detriment of European audiences.
Today the European Commission has published its proposal for a Regulation laying down rules on the exercise of copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmes. Despite unanimous alerts from the film, TV and sports sectors in Europe of the unintended and negative consequences of such an approach, the proposal will erode the cultural diversity underpinning the European film, TV and sports sectors. The capacity to continue to create, finance, produce and distribute content in Europe under the proposed rules will be severely reduced to the detriment of European audiences who will be deprived of a diverse offer of content and platforms online going forward. This is also evidenced by recent independent economic research. Please see the full press statement here
July 11, 2016 - Integrity of territorial exclusivity - 101 individuals and organisations write to President Juncker
101 organisations and individuals, representing film and television producers, publishers on physical media and online, sports event organisers, distributors, broadcasters, screenwriters, film directors, cinemas, film agencies, platforms, and media and entertainment trade unions throughout Europe and across the world have written to President Juncker and the Commissioners in charge of the Digital Single Market. See here for a copy of the letter.
The group has come together to urge the European Commission to preserve the integrity of territorial exclusivity in the audiovisual sector and thus maintain the indispensable market incentives for the film, TV, and sports industries to create, finance, produce and distribute audiovisual content in Europe for the benefit of all audiences. See also http://crossborderaccessreport.eu/report/ for recent research on the harmful effects of erosion of territorial rights licensing both on industry and on consumers.
May 15, 2016 - Digital Single Market: Economic Research on the Impact of Cross-Border Access to Audiovisual Content on EU Consumers
The report was launched at an event hosted by the EU's national film funding institutes at the Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2016.
The report warns that rather than improving consumer choice, eroding territorial exploitation would lead to an enormous cost to audiences as well as to the European creative economy, threatening cultural diversity both in production and distribution, thus reducing the volume and quality of original content on offer in the EU. The full report can be downloaded here
May 3, 2016 - Behind the Scenes at CannesCannes Film Festival is coming soon, and beyond the red carpet, there's a hive of activity as over 10,000 film industry professionals go about the work that makes the sector tick at the accompanying market. Anders Kjærhauge knows more about this than most due to his job as Administrative Director of Zentropa, one of Scandinavia’s most well-known film production companies that has produced internationally award-winning directors and screenwriters such as Thomas Vinterberg, Susanne Bier and Lars von Trier. He sat down with us to talk about the importance of festivals and markets like Cannes to the industry, the vital role of territorially-exclusive deals in how production companies like Zentropa go about financing, producing and marketing their films, and the current outlook for Europe's film industry. Please read the interview here:
April 8, 2016 - European Observatory Youth ScoreboardCopyright is the economic foundation stimulating creation, innovation, investment, production and dissemination of content across Europe and beyond. Without an adequate level of IPR protection, the diversity that the cultural and creative industries offer would disappear. Thus the trends displayed by the latest European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)’s survey of 15-24 year olds’ online consumption habits are worrying. This survey shows that a quarter of the young Europeans asked admitted to intentionally using illegal sources to access online content over the past 12 months, citing convenience and prices. In particular, the fact that nearly one in four of those surveyed believe there is nothing wrong in accessing digital content from illegal sources for personal use is a serious cause of concern.
We believe that the survey highlights the need for more and better information about the risks of piracy and its consequences, as well as the need to continue to provide the public with easy-to-access information on the rapidly-expanding range of legal offers online. See full comment on Creativity Works!
February 9, 2016 - Meeting with European Commission Vice President Ansip
On 9 February 2016, a delegation representing film and TV producers, world sales companies, distributors, and publishers active in the film and audiovisual landscape in Europe met with European Commission Vice President Ansip to discuss how best to deliver the Digital Single Market while ensuring that it is mutually beneficial to consumers and those whose livelihoods depend on creating, producing, marketing and distributing film and television content in Europe. Europe has a strong film and audiovisual sector which generated a contribution of EUR 107 billion to the European economy and 1.2 million jobs in 2012. The cornerstone of this sector is the freedom to finance and license works in a mix of different models, partnering with future distribution partners and platforms of different sizes, scope and geographical footprint, adapted to the diverse consumer tastes and preferences across Europe. The ability to deploy the best possible business model for each film or television programme is essential to recoupment of investment and to sustainable film and television production and distribution going forward - see press statement
January 18, 2016 - Making portability work: Key principles for the film and audiovisual sector
"The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union are set to examine the European Commission’s proposal on ensuring the cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market . The undersigned organisations of film directors, screenwriters, authors, film/TV producers, sports rights owners, publishers, distributors, and cinema exhibitors represent a wide range of skills and activities in Europe’s audiovisual industries."...Read more
July 24, 2015 - Digital Single Market - Film Financing and Distribution
Commercial and contractual freedom is indispensable to develop the optimal financing, marketing and distribution plan for each individual film and audiovisual programme. The IVF and its partners, FIAPF, IFTA and the MPA, have compiled a selection of case studies illustrating the indispensable role played by territoriality and exclusivity in the daily activities of the film and audiovisual sectors in Europe. The case study compilation was sent to President Juncker, Vice-President Ansip and Commissioners Oettinger and Navrarczics - copies of the compilation and accompanying letter can be found here: letter; case studies
June 24, 2015 - IVF Elects new President
Hamburg, June 24, 2015: The International Video Federation (IVF) announces the election of Joachim Birr, Executive Board Member of the Bundesverband Audiovisuelle Medien e.V. (BVV), as the President of the IVF.The IVF held its 2015 Annual General Meeting on June 24, 2015 in Hamburg, Germany. On this occasion, the members elected Joachim Birr, Executive Board Member of the Bundesverband Audiovisuelle Medien e.V. (BVV), as President of the IVF. The International Video Federation provides national video associations with international representation of their members’ interests as companies involved in all areas of the audiovisual industry as well as entities dedicated to, and specialized in, the publication of audiovisual content on digital media and online. The IVF's primary focus is on European issues relevant to a 8.5 Billion EURO business that provides many jobs in all European countries. The IVF represents video associations in the following countries: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
May 16, 2015 - Cannes Film Festival- Making the European Digital Single Market Work for Film and Television"We, the undersigned organisations represent film and TV producers, world sales companies, distributors, and publishers active in the film and audiovisual landscape in Europe. Our members are ready to contribute to the achievement of the Digital Single Market Strategy adopted by the European Commission on 6th May, 2015, in order to bring about economic growth and job creation in Europe. We call on the European Union to promote the best conditions for a strong, sustainable film and audiovisual sector, preserving the cornerstone of European culture and creative forces which are loved and recognised throughout the world."....Read more
May 6, 2015, 2015 - Audiovisual sector statement on the European Commission's Digital Single Market Strategy
"We stand ready to contribute further to the overarching “growth and jobs agenda” set out by the European Commission a year ago. Yet, we are extremely concerned that some of the policy options envisaged by the European Commission could negatively impact the sustainability of the film and audiovisual sector, and severely decrease the incentives for investing in the production, distribution and dissemination of high quality films and audiovisual works across Europe. We are also troubled by the lack of evidence put forward by the Commission to demonstrate that the proposed changes will add quality jobs and economic growth in Europe. To the contrary, we are concerned these changes would have the opposite effect."....Read more here
March 18, 2015 - Making the Digital Single Market Work: Key Principles for the Film and Audiovisual Sector
As the European Commission defines its priorities for the Digital Single Market in order to foster economic growth and job creation in Europe, the undersigned organisations of film makers, producers, screenwriters, authors, technical crews, actors, publishers, broadcasters, distributors, and exhibitors active in the European film and audiovisual landscape are ready to contribute further to achieving those fundamental objectives, in full respect for the diversity of European cultures.....Read more here
May 2014 – Creative Sectors letter to the European Commission
The IVF and a wide range of international and European creative sector organisations urge the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights to clarify its mandate before committing to further work on copyright limitations and exceptions - please see letter
October 2013 – Launch of Creativity Works! in Brussels
On October 16, 2013 Creativity Works!, a new coalition of creative industries and creators, had been launched in Brussels. The coalition brings together European film directors, publishers, music and film producers, broadcasters, video game developers and other creative organisations, with the aim of prompting an open dialogue with European audiences about the cultural and economic contribution of creators in the digital age. For further information please visit the website of Creativity Works! - http://creativityworks.eu/
September 2013 – Commission’s Public Consultation on the Green Paper on a Converging Audiovisual World
On April 24, 2013, the European Commission has adopted its Green Paper on “Preparing for a Fully Converged Audiovisual World: Growth, Creation and Values” and opened a public consultation. The objective of this consultation was to find out what convergence in the audiovisual sector means for things such as European economic growth and business innovation, media pluralism, cultural diversity and the protection of consumers, including children. The IVF has submitted a joint response with FIAPF – please see: http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/consultation-green-paper-preparing-fully-converged-audiovisual-world-growth-creation-and-values/
June 2013 – Commission's Public Consultation on the Draft Cinema Communication
The European Commission’s Competition Department is conducting an ongoing public consultation on the new criteria under consideration for the evaluation of national support mechanisms (state aid) in the EU Member States. The IVF, in cooperation with FIAPF, FERA, FIA and UNI-MEI replied to this most recent part of the public consultation - please see: http://ec.europa.eu/competition/consultations/2013_state_aid_films/
March 2013 - Commission Consultation on Civil Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights
The European Commission continues its evaluation of the overall functioning of the civil enforcement system for intellectual property rights in the EU. In November 2012, the European Commission has launched another public consultation. This is expected to be followed by a Commission Communication setting out Commission action in this field, including focus on wrongful Member State implementation of the Enforcement Directive . A copy of the IVF’s reply is available here: http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/consultations/2012/intellectual-property-rights/contributions_en.htm/
January 2013 – Review of existing legislation on VAT reduced rates
In October 2012, the European Commission has opened a public consultation on a possible future review of existing EU legislation on reduced VAT rates.The consultation paper acknowledges the challenge inherent in extending the possibility for Member States to apply reduced VAT rates in times of economic crisis and budgetary deficits in many European countries. The IVF has replied to the public consultation in cooperation with a number of other professional organizations representing the audiovisual sector – please see: Joint Audiovisual Sector Submission
June 2012 – European Commission Consultation on State Aid to the Film Industry
In March 2012, the European Commission’s Competition Department launched a second public consultation on the new criteria under consideration for the evaluation of national support mechanisms (state aid) in the EU Member States. This is a follow-up to the 2011 consultation which the IVF responded to in cooperation with FIAPF and CEPI (see below September 2011). The IVF has filed a reply to the second public consultation in cooperation with FIAPF, FERA, FIA and Uni-Mei – please see: http://ec.europa.eu/competition/consultations/2012_state_aid_films/index_en.html#replies
November 2011 - Public Consultation on the Green Paper on the online distribution of audiovisual works in the European Union
In July 2011, the European Commission has launched a public consultation on the Green Paper on the “online distribution of audiovisual works in the European Union”. The Green Paper looks at the ways in which the audiovisual sector is changing in the response to technology developments and consumer expectations. The IVF filed a reply to the Green Paper in cooperation with FIAD, FIAPF and IFTA. A copy of the Green Paper and a selection of the replies are available here: http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/consultations/2011/audiovisual_en.htm
September 2011 - Public Consultation on Member State Financial Aid to the Film Industry
In June 2011, the European Commission has launched a public consultation as the first step in the review of the criteria used to apply EU state aid rules to Member States' financial support for making and distributing films. The IVF replied to the public consultation in cooperation with FIAPF and CEPI. A copy of the submission as well as those filed by other organisations and interested parties are available here: http://ec.europa.eu/competition/consultations/2011_state_aid_films/index_en.html
July 2011 - IVF Elects New President
The International Video Federation (IVF) announces the election of Johan Schlüter, founder and representative of the Danish Video Association (DVA), as the new President of the IVF.
Juillet 2011 - L'IVF a élu un nouveau Président
La Fédération Internationale de la Vidéo (IVF) vient d’annoncer l’élection de Johan Schlüter, fondateur et Secrétaire Général de DVA (l’association représentant l’industrie de l’édition vidéo au Danemark) à la Présidence de l’IVF.
May 2011 - Public Consultation on the Future Treatment of VAT - Towards a Simpler, More Robust and Efficient VAT System
In early 2011, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the future treatment of value-added tax (VAT) in European legislation. The aim of this consultation is to launch a broad based debate with all the stakeholders on the evaluation of the current VAT system and the possible ways forward to strenghening its coherence with the singel market and its capacity as a revenue raiser whilst reducing the cost of compliance. The IVF has filed a joint reply together with CEPI, FERA, FIAD and FIAPF - please see: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/common/consultations/tax/2010_11_future_vat_en.htm
March 2011 - Public Consultation on the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Directive
In early 2011, the European Commission organised a public consultation on the Directive of the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights. The purpose of the consultation was to gather input on the findings of a report prepared by the European Commission assessing the application of the Enforcement Directive. The IVF has filed a joint reply together with CEPI, FERA, FIAD and FIAPF - please see: Directive on the Enforcement of IPRs
November 2010 – Public Consultation on the Electronic Commerce Directive
In 2010, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the future of electronic commerce in the internal market and the implementation of the Directive on electronic commerce.
The Electronic Commerce Directive establishes rules pertaining to the law applicable to information society services established in the EU, commercial communications, electronic contacts, limitations on ISP liability, dispute settlement and codes of conduct. The IVF has filed a joint reply together with FIAPF – please see:
September 2010 – Public Consultation on the Open Internet and Net Neutrality in Europe
In 2010, the European Commission launched a public consultation on net neutrality which in Europe is focused on end user access and quality of service. The IVF responded to the consultation – please see: IVF - Net Neutrality
As a member of the CMBA the IVF has also contributed to the CMBA submission – please see: CMBA - Net Neutrality
July 2010 – Green Paper on Cultural and Creative Industries
In early 2010, the European Culture Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou presented a Green Paper on “Unlocking for the Potential of Cultural and Creative Industries”, opening a public consultation. The IVF has filed a reply to the consultation in cooperation with CEPI/FIAD/FIAPF and IFTA – please see: reply on Green Paper
March 2010 – IVF and UVE express serious concern about possible future Catalan dubbing/subtitling obligations on video product
They urge the Catalan Government to work with the industries concerned to promote cultural and linguistic diversity while preserving the fragile economic fabric and sustainability of the Spanish film production and distribution community - Press release
April 2010 – BVA Yearbook 2010 published online
BVA Issues its 17th statistical digest on the home entertainment market. In addition to the usual detailed pages of market analysis on past years, the BVA 2010 Yearbook gives greater insight into consumers’ interest in high definition and Blu-ray, technology ownership, the growth of digital and portable delivery of content, plus reports on the impact of the credit crunch on the home entertainment industry and a special consumer insight section on the TV genre. The BVA Yearbook 2010 is available exclusively from the BVA – interested purchasers can order online at: www.bva.uk.org
January 2010 – Reflection Document on Creative Content in a Digital Single Market
The Reflection Paper opened a public consultation on the future direction of EU legislative and political measures in the field of copyright in order to improve access for private and commercial users to content in the digital Single Market. The IVF has filed a submission jointly with FIAD, FIAPF and IFTA. As a member of the CMBA the IVF has also contributed to the CMBA submission – please see: IVF, FIAD, FIAPF, IFTA submission CMBA submission
December 2009 – Commission Consultation on the Legal Framework for the Fundamental Right to Protection of Personal Data
In 2009, the European Commission opened a public consultation on the legal framework of the fundamental Right to Protection of Personal Data. The purpose of the consultation is to obtain views on the new challenges for personal data protection in order to maintain an effective and comprehensive legal framework to protect individual’s personal data within the EU. The IVF has responded to the consultation in cooperation with FIAD, FIAPF and MPA – please see: Protection of Personal Data
November 2009 – Europeana – European Digital Library
In 2009, the European Commission launched a public consultation to review the next phase of development of Europeana and its orientation for the future, including how to increase both public domain and copyright material on Europeana as well as developing a sustainable financing and governance model. The IVF filed response to the public consultation in cooperation with FIAPF and FIAD – please see: Europeana
September 2008 – Online Commerce Roundtable
In September 2008, EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes met with senior consumer and industry representatives to discuss the opportunities and barriers to increased online retailing in Europe. The Commission services dealing with competition published an issues paper for the group and invited all interested parties to submit their own comments on this paper. The IVF has filed an individual submission in response to the issues paper. As a member of the CMBA, the IVF has also filed a joint submission together with other major companies and trade associations in the creative and media business sector. Please see:
Online Commerce Roundtable.pdf
July 2008 - Green Paper on Copyright in the Knowledge Society
On July 16, 2008, the European Commission adopted a Green Paper on Copyright in the Knowledge Economy and launched a public consultation. Copyright protection is a vector for growth and key to the success of new information society services and broadband take-up. Further growth, innovation, competitiveness and employment cannot be ensured without providing a continuing incentive to invest in the production and distribution of content. The IVF has filed a submission in response to the public consultation – please see:
July 2008 - User Generated Content
In view of recent discussions concerning the development of Web 2.0, UGC (User Generated Content) and whether the current IPR systems have kept pace or not with the world of social-networking sites, wikis and mash-ups etc., the CMBA has released a reflection paper on some of these aspects that are of crucial interest to copyright-based industries. Please see:
July 2008 - Age Verification, Cross Media Rating and Social Networking
In 2008, the European Commission has launched a public consultation on age verification, cross media rating and classification and online social networking. The purpose of the public consultation is to gather knowledge and views of all relevant stakeholders (including public bodies, child safety and consumer organisations, industry). The IVF has filed a joint submission with FIAPF, IFTA and the MPA in response to the public consultation – please see::
Age Verification, Cross Media Rating and Social Networking.pdf
June 2008 - IVF celebrates its 20th anniversary
The International Video Federation (IVF) celebrates its 20th anniversary with a special gathering in Rome where the challenges and opportunities of the video industry will be discussed in depth.
Press Release Rome
May 2008 - Review of existing legislation on reduced VAT rates
The European Commission has launched an online consultation to ascertain the views of the public and businesses on the review of the existing legislation on VAT reduced rates. The consultation is based on a document that sets out the current Community legal framework for VAT reduced rates and the context of the ongoing political debate. The IVF has filed a joint submission with FIAPF and the MPA in response to the public consultation – please see: VAT Submission
May 2008 - Private Copy Levy Review
The Commission has renewed its interest in private copy levies and launched a public consultation process and public hearing on May 27, 2008. The IVF has filed a response to the Commission's call for comments and was present at the hearing - please see:
Private Copy Levy Review April 08.htm
February 2008 - Creative Content Online
On January 3, 2008, the Commission adopted a Communication on Creative Content Online and opened a public consultation on a number of key issues such as digital rights management, multi-territorial licensing and stakeholder cooperation in the fight against online piracy. The IVF and the CMBA filed submissions during the public consultation – please see:
IVF - Content Online 29 February 08.htm
CMBA - Content Online 29 February 08.pdf
July 2007 - Consumer Experience in the Digital Environment
The consumer experience lies at the heart of the content industries' business models, which is why it is so important that the European Institutions allow the promising new opportunities in electronic communication of content to develop, in the interest of the widest menu of cultural choices, for the benefit of both consumers and industry by:
- maintaining competitive markets, and
- protecting the legitimate expectations of all stakeholders,
without adding unnecessary layers of legislation and without handicapping the evolution of the market for digital content and media.
For a copy of the most recent CMBA and IVF paper on consumer experience and the creative media industries, please refer to:
CMBA Consumer Paper 2July07.pdf
June 2007 - IVF elects New President
The International Video Federation (IVF) announces the election of Paul Solleveld, Managing Director of NVPI (representing the Dutch entertainment industry), as President of the IVF.
June 2007 - Comments on Study on "Recasting of Copyright" commissioned by the European Commission
The IVF and the CMBA have provided comments on the study on the "recasting of copyright and related rights for the knowledge economy" published earlier this year.
Our industry has a particular interest in this issue because the copyright and related right regime is the very cornerstone of our businesses. Copyright is the economic basis for the investment required to create new works since it provides the means for creators and investors to be rewarded for their efforts. Furthermore, proper implementation and enforcement of the copyright "acquis communautaire" is absolutely necessary to ensure a well functioning legal system.
For a copy of the comments by the IVF and the CMBA, please refer to:
Comments on study.pdf
October 2006 - Consultation on the Telecom Package
The European Commission launched a public consultation on the review of the “Telecom Package”, i.e. the set of rules governing electronic communications in Europe, on June 28, 2006. The Telecom Package review provides, among other, an opportunity to ensure appropriate enforcement conditions to deal with online piracy. The IVF and the CMBA filed a submission during the public consultation:
Telecom Package CMBA Submission_27oct06.pdf
July 2006 - Consultation on Content Online
The European Commission launched a public consultation on ways to stimulate the growth of a true EU single market for online digital content, such as films, music and games on July 28, 2006. For more information about the public consultation and copies of submissions from stakeholders, including the IVF and the CMBA, please refer to: IVF submission
May 2006 - The FIAPF Accredited Festivals Directory
The FIAPF-accredited Festivals Directory presents the 49 film festivals accredited by FIAPF and has been designed to assist producers and other right holders in the choice of the festivals at which they will present their films. For a copy of the FIAPF Accredited Festivals Directory, please visit:
March 2006 - Content for Competitiveness
On March 2-3, 2006, the Austrian Presidency, in cooperation with the Commission, organized a conference entitled “Content for Competitiveness – Strengthening the European Creative Industries in the Light of the i2010 Strategy”. The main purpose of the conference was to create awareness among stakeholders of the variety of economic, social and legal issues with an impact on the content and creative industries. The IVF and the CMBA submitted a paper to the Conference:
Content Competitiveness CMBA Mar06.pdf
September 2005 - Digital Libraries
The i2010 Programme is the Commission’s plan for fostering growth and jobs in the information society and media industries, including a strategy to modernize and deploy all EU policy instruments to encourage the development of the digital economy. The European Commission published a Communication on European digital libraries and opened a public consultation on consultation on September 30, 2005. The IVF filed a joint submission with FIAPF, please refer to: FIAPF IVF submission
June 2005 - The EU's Lisbon Agenda
In March 2000, the European Council in Lisbon set out a ten-year strategy to make the EU the world's most dynamic and competitive economy. This strategy contains development and modernisation in the field of information society, education and training, research and innovation, economic reforms for a complete and fully operational internal market, financial markets, employment policy, social protection and inclusion as well as the coordination of the macro-economic policies. Under this strategy, a stronger economy will drive job creation alongside social and environmental policies that ensure sustainable development and social inclusion. For more information about the IVF’s and the CMBA’s position on the Lisbon Agenda, please refer to: Lisbon_Agenda_CMBA_Jun05.pdf