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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).

EDAA's OBA Self-Regulation Programme extends into Mobile

The European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance (EDAA) announces today the launch of New Mobile Principles, adapting the EU Self-Regulatory Programme on Online Behavioural Advertising to the mobile environment.

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.

New Leadership Team at Ringier Axel Springer Media AG takes up work

A newly created team under the leadership of CEO Mark Dekan will from now on steer the development and implementation of strategy at Ringier Axel Springer Media AG, one of EMMA's Corporate Members. The team is made up of top managers from Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and Serbia, each holding distinct responsibilities. The introduction of this new market-centric organization aims at interlinking local operations with the overall strategy of the Group.

Getting in touch with DG CONNECT: an interview with Lorena Boix Alonso

In a recent interview published on the Future Media Lab. blog, Lorena Boix Alonso, Head of Unit, Converging media and content, DG CONNECT in the European Commission shares her insights about the converging media world and how DG CONNECT is supporting innovation, media diversity and freedom in Europe.