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European newspaper and magazine publishers welcome EU Commission’s proposal on reduced VAT for e-publications

The European Newspaper Publishers’ Association (ENPA) and the European Magazine Media Association (EMMA) jointly welcome the European Commission’s proposal     for a Directive as regards rates of value added tax applied to books, newspapers and periodicals that endorses the possibility for all Member States to choose to apply zero, super reduced, or reduced VAT rates, which are currently applicable to printed newspapers and magazines, to the digital environment.

Summary of the FMLounge debate session on the review of the AVMS Directive now available

Last week on 16 November, the Future Media Lab. hosted its 7th Future Media Lounge session in the European Parliament, this time focusing on the review of the Audiovisual Services Media Directive, which is currently under discussion in the European Parliament, and the impact this could have on Europe's press publishers.

European publishers urge European Commission to recognise importance of digital advertising in review of the ePrivacy Directive

With media independence a hot topic across Europe and around the world, European publishers today called on the Juncker Commission to ensure that future “ePrivacy” rules do not needlessly deprive them of a critical revenue stream as they manage the difficult transitional to digital. The publishers are concerned that the current review of the ePrivacy Directive (Directive 2002/58/EC, also known as the ‘Cookie Directive’), may lead to new constraints on low-risk data processing for advertising purposes, including rules that would in effect force them to provide content for free. Over 90 European publishers, brought together by 26 European national Interactive Advertising Bureaus (IABs), IAB Europe and leading European publisher associations EPC (European Publishers Council), NME (News Media Europe), EMMA (European Magazine Media Association) and ENPA (European Newspaper Publishers’ Association), co-signed a letter to Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip and Commissioner Günther Oettinger highlighting their concerns.

Commissioner Oettinger meets with EMMA Board, delegation of publishers on future of the sector

Members of the EMMA Board and a delegation of European publishers met with Commissioner Günther Oettinger yesterday evening to discuss the future of Europe’s publishing sector. On this occasion, Oettinger expressed his broad support for publishers, saying that they play a necessary role in the creation and dissemination of quality content, which is crucial for a democratic society. He also participated in a Q&A with EMMA members, during which the Commission’s copyright proposal, proposal on reduced VAT rates, and e-Privacy proposal were discussed.

Pulitzer Prize Board opens all journalism categories to print and online magazines

After a couple of years’ experimentation, the prestigious Pulitzer Prize Board has now opened all its journalism prize categories to print and online magazine journalism. After opening two journalism categories to magazines in 2015, the board has unanimously decided to open all journalism categories to the magazine and online sectors in light of the recent developments in those sectors.

EMMA joins as supporting organisation of the Accelerate! "Women in Media 2.0" conference in Brussels

EMMA is pleased to announce its support of the Accelerate! "Women in Media 2.0: Amplify the Voice of Female Experts" conference taking place in Brussels on Wednesday, 26 October. The event will explore, among other things, the diversity policies of major media organisations and how women are perceived in newsrooms and in the news. 

Representatives of Europe’s media sector launch call for action to improve press freedom

Today at the European Media Freedom Conference 2016 Max von Abendroth, Executive Director of the European Magazine Media Association, together with Jane Whyatt, Project Manager at the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, launched a “Call for Action” from Europe’s media sector to improve press freedom across the continent.

Press publishers join forces to safeguard democratic values in Europe by making the case for a strong European copyright

“Empower Democracy” (www.empower-democracy.eu), officially launched today, is a cross-border alliance initiated by Europe’s press publishers to raise awareness about the crucial democratic role of the press, the need for a free, independent, pluralistic and vibrant press sector in Europe is acknowledged in the ongoing copyright reform.

Join us next week for a Future Media Lounge session on press freedom

On Tuesday, 27 September 2016 the Future Media Lab. will be hosting the 6th session of the Future Media Lounge, a debate series that takes place in the European Parliament. In this session, titled "Press Freedom in Europe: is it time to raise the alarm?" speakers and commentators will be continuing the discussions that took place in Wroclaw, Poland at the (R)EVOLUTION OF EUROPE'S PRESS conference on 1 July.

Press publishers in Europe respond to public consultation on reduced VAT rates for electronically supplied publications

ENPA - the European Newspaper Publishers’ Association - and EMMA - the European Magazine Media Association – have responded to the public consultation launched by the European Commission on reduced VAT rates for electronically supplied publications.

Publishers in the Digital Age: Adequate legal protection is needed to ensure the diversity of the press and the future of quality Journalism in Europe

On 14 September, the Commission is expected to publish a copyright reform package containing draft legal texts and an overarching Communication including a related right for press publishers. This new right aims to provide legal protection by introducing rights at EU level to protect the unauthorised reproduction and making available of publishers’ press publications, in the context of the digital world.

European Commission launches public consultation on reduced VAT rates for electronically supplied publications

EMMA welcomes the launch of the European Commission's public consultation on reduced VAT rates for the digital press, which aims to more precisely determine which "electronically supplied publications" would qualify for reduced, super-reduced or zero VAT rates in EU Member States. This consultation follows an announcement in April by Commissioner Moscovici that there would be a specific proposal coming up this year to reduce VAT rates for e-publications. 

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.).