On "Data Protection Day" EMMA reinforces publishers' ongoing commitment to the respect of data protection rights

Today, 28 January, marks "Data Protection Day", which commemorates the signing of the Council of Europe Convention, known as the “108 Convention”, in January 1981. On this occasion, EMMA would like to underline its members’ ongoing commitment to the respect of fundamental privacy and data protection rights.

Future Media Lab.: Interview with Roberto Viola, Director General of DG Connect

On 26 January 2016, EMMA's think tank, the Future Media Lab., will be hosting its 6th annual conference, this year on the topic of technology and audience engagement. In the run-up to the event, the Future Media Lab. team conducted an interview with Roberto Viola, Director General of DG Connect in the European Commission and one of the panellists at the event.

Provisional agreement reached on the Trade Secrets Directive: journalists and media associations acknowledge improvements to the original draft

An agreement was reached on Tuesday 15 December between the European Parliament and the Council on the controversial draft Trade Secrets Directive. After intense debates, the final text improve the legal certainty as regards the exception for exercising the right to freedom of expression and information but journalists and media associations will remain vigilant.

Future Media Lab. Launches New Innovation Project: AEMII

The Future Media Lab., EMMA’s think tank on media innovation and public policy, launched a new innovation project earlier this week: Accelerating European Media Innovation and Insights (AEMII: The project is an open media sector technology acceleration platform, developed by European media players for Europe’s media sector.

Agreement on the GDPR: European Press Publishers remain cautious with regard to the application of the future Regulation

Following today’s vote in the European Parliament committee for Civil Liberties (LIBE), press publishers in Europe, represented by ENPA and EMMA, would like to underline their main priorities in the context of the agreement achieved during interinstitutional negotiations on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

EMMA's Future Media Lab. hosts first Summit for its AEMII project: Accelerating European Media Innovation and Insights

Today, 14 December, the Future Media Lab. kicked off it's innovation project - Accelerating European Media Innovation and Insights (AEMII) - by hosting a meeting with digital media strategy decision makers and providers of innovative technologies for media companies from across Europe. Eight publishers from Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland were present for the meeting, as well as five innovation partners.

This week's Future Media Lab. news round-up now online!

This week's Future Media Lab. news round-up covers a lot of interesting points for publishers. In this edition, read about everything from the experiences publishers have had with Facebook's Instant Articles, to the European Commission's new action plan on copyright, to the rise of paywalls in Europe and even the possibility of native virtual reality ads. Not to be missed! 

EU Copyright Action Plan published

The European Commission has published a Communication entitled “Towards a more modern, more European copyright framework”, which it describes as a "political preview" that will be translated into legislative proposals and policy initiatives in the next six months. (See here for more details of the Communication, as well as the Commission’s proposal for a Regulation on online content portability).

Human Rights Day: EMMA celebrates freedom of expression in Europe

EMMA joins the global community in celebrating “Human Rights Day”, which commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948. In its Article 19, it upholds press freedom as a pillar of a free and democratic society (“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”)

AEMII – game-changing project presented at European Commission event

Earlier today, EMMA presented the first structured collaboration project organised by Europe’s publishers at a European Commission event on “media and big data” in Brussels. The AEMII programme -- short for “Accelerating European Media Innovation and Insights” -- brings 12 publishers from 7 EU Member States together with leading technology innovators and policy advisors in the creation of a joint open innovation platform, run by EMMA’s Future Media Lab..

European Court of Justice decision highlights why reform of European copyright directive is necessary

On 12 November 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on a case between Hewlett-Packard Belgium and Reprobel, the Belgian collecting society responsible for the collection and distribution among authors and publishers of legal licence remunerations.

Future Media Lab. to run interactive expert conference on “Technology and Media: Shaping the Future of Audience Engagement”

Brussels-based media innovation think tank Future Media Lab. is pleased to announce the first speakers of its annual conference, titled “Technology and Media: Shaping the Future of Audience Engagement”. The conference will take place on 26 January 2016 in Brussels and features a keynote address by Tom Standage, Deputy Editor and chief digital strategist at The Economist.

Apimprensa raises alarm about press freedom violation in Portugal

At the end of October, EMMA's Portuguese member Apimprensa expressed its strong concern for how a court "devalued the freedom of the press in Portugal" following a ruling that bars the publisher of the Portuguese daily newspaper Correio da Manhã from reporting on a corruption investigation into former prime minister Jose Socrates.

EMMA’s 2014-2015 Annual Report released today!

EMMA released its 2014-2015 annual report at the VDZ Publishers’ Summit today. This report presents an overview of EMMA’s activities within the last year, with details about the top issues EMMA is working on, information about our member organisations, and highlights of some of the activities and events that have taken place.