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AgendaCorporate governance on the agenda this WEEK

07.04.14 @ 09:33

New legislation on the rights of shareholders and corporate governance is set to top the agenda of a quiet week for the EU's institutions. On Wednesday (9 April) the European Commission will table plans to re-write the ...

EU Elections'Europe projects coldness'

04.03.14 @ 09:29

Over recent days Berlin has been filled with artists and writers discussing how culture can counter the rise of populism and euroscepticism in Europe. On Monday (3 March), EU commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso and ...

MEPs back pan-EU music licence deal

05.02.14 @ 10:27

Online music providers such as Spotify and iTunes will be able to buy licences allowing them to offer music across the entire EU, under legislation backed by MEPs on Tuesday (4 February). Deputies in the European ...

EU launches probe into Hollywood film licensing

13.01.14 @ 18:18

Hollywood film giants and some of Europe's biggest pay-TV networks face an EU investigation into claims they are breaking competition rules, the European Commission has announced. In a statement on Monday (13 January), ...

EU pleases France, widens film subsidy rules

15.11.13 @ 08:47

Europe's film industry was given a boost on Thursday (14 November) after the European Commission published new rules making it easier for governments to subsidise movie-making. The move, which comes just months after ...

Europeans turning their back on culture, survey says

05.11.13 @ 09:51

Fewer Europeans are reading books or going to the theatre, mainly due to lack of interest, time and money, according to new research. Cinema-going was the only activity not to see a fall in numbers between 2007 and 2012 ...

AnalysisLiberty and the EU-US trade talks

14.06.13 @ 09:18

The most important issue on the agenda of EU trade ministers meeting on Friday (14 June) is the approval of a mandate that will allow the European Commission to open negotiations with the United States on a ‘ ...

Greek state TV defies blackout

13.06.13 @ 09:28

Greek state broadcaster the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) stayed on the airwaves on Wednesday (12 June), defying plans by the leading party in the country's coalition government to close it down. ERT ...

Governments to give green light for US trade talks

24.05.13 @ 08:54

Governments are expected to agree on an EU mandate to open negotiations on an ambitious bilateral trade deal with the United States at the next meeting of EU trade ministers. The decision, which is expected on 14 June, ...

Culture to get special treatment in US trade talks, Barroso says

17.05.13 @ 09:30

Special treatment of culture "makes sense," European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso has said in relation to upcoming EU-US trade talks. Speaking at the European Business Summit in Brussels on Thursday (16 May ...

VideoFair pay for artists in the digital era

03.12.12 @ 13:39

The EU is planning new legislation on collective management of copyrights. One of the central issues is how fair pay for artists can be guaranteed in this digital age. More specifically, it is about finding a balanced ...

FocusCan EU copyright rules be tailored to the age of digital music?

30.11.12 @ 17:33

The question of copyrights and the music industry was already old and vexed. The digital age, with the advent of millions of songs accessible at the click of a mouse, has added an extra layer. MEPs in the European ...

FocusArtist groups fear impact of economic crisis

12.11.12 @ 10:26

Public sector support for culture is being threatened by Europe’s current economic woes, says a pro-art advocacy network. "We cannot but face the fact that we are in the midst of generalised crisis of extreme fragility ...

FocusEU to Poland: artists should be free to 'shock'

01.11.12 @ 13:20

The European Commission has said that Poland's prosecution of a rock group for "blasphemy" is against European values. It said on Wednesday (31 October) in a written statement for EUobserver that "national blasphemy ...

FocusCulture in figures: Nordics most engaged

30.10.12 @ 08:49

Compared to people from other parts of Europe, Scandinavians are the most inclined to spend their time and money on culture. The Danes are the biggest spenders. Some 5.5 percent of everything they spend goes into books, ...

FocusCulture: 'A new wind is blowing in Europe'

25.10.12 @ 10:56

Faced with a continued fall in ticket sales, cultural institutions in Europe should be looking for ways to reach new audiences and for new ways to reach restless existing audiences. “A change of paradigm is occurring,” ...

FocusArt to protest politics in Spanish town

25.10.12 @ 10:56

At some point in early 2012, Pablo Lag stood in front of an abandoned, half-constructed house in the centre of Alicante, Spain, and kicked in the door. "The space had been under construction for years," he said. "I mean ...

FocusCulture in Europe

25.10.12 @ 10:54

The EU today spends little more than 0.1 percent of what it has on subsidies for the arts - some €170 million per year. It is less than what Estonia spends on culture. And yet, over the first half of the last decade, ...

FocusEU culture budget: small and likely to get smaller

25.10.12 @ 10:52

When EU leaders meet in Brussels in November for what is expected to be long round of hard negotiations on the bloc’s new seven-year budget, culture will not be on everyone’s mind. Allowed only “to support, coordinate ...

OpinionTime for real debate on EU chauvinism

24.10.12 @ 14:12

The European Commission announced in March 2011 its intention to address the gross imbalance of women and men on corporate boards in Europe. A year and a half later, internal disagreement within the 27 member college of ...

FocusCulture increasingly seen as path to economic growth

12.10.12 @ 07:20

With a little imagination and some creative interpretation of guidelines on how to spend EU aid, some cities and regions are pulling themselves up by the bootstraps and turning themselves into cultural - and money- ...

FocusCulture sector an "untapped" resource, says commission

27.09.12 @ 10:40

The creative industries and culture sector are a “largely untapped resource” in the European economy, according to a paper released on Wednesday (26 September) by the European Commission. “The contribution that cultural ...

Olympics: European viewers more interested in London than Beijing

15.08.12 @ 17:24

Figures show that European viewers were more interested in watching the London Olympic Games than the previous ones, held in Beijing in 2008. The Geneva-based trade body, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which ...

FocusCommissioner defends 'art for art's sake' at Edinburgh festival

14.08.12 @ 08:49

National governments and the EU should maintain state funding for the arts rather than leave it in the hands of the market said EU culture commissioner Androulla Vassiliou on Monday (13 August). Vassiliou was speaking ...

Feature'Everybody thinks Europe is a Christian continent'

06.08.12 @ 10:38

EU institutions do not do God. But for some religious leaders in EU-aspirant countries, member states' Christian origins are still important. The morning call to prayer at the Blue Mosque in Istanbul means different ...

OpinionMoving the single market for online music

11.07.12 @ 09:14

Music is everywhere, and the digital age has only increased its presence. Today, (11 July) I am proposing a modernised system of collective rights management that will use the single market – the EU's most powerful ...

FocusEU deal moves toward pan-European copyright rules

08.06.12 @ 16:55

The EU is moving towards a system of common copyright rules after a deal on so-called "orphan works" was reached by MEPs and ministers on Wednesday (6 June). "Orphan works" include photos, films or pieces of writing ...

FocusEquality and LGBTI Rights

05.06.12 @ 10:00

With the summertime pride march season approaching, EUobserver looks at just how progressive European countries really are on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual and intersex (LGBTI) people.

FocusMinisters back EU culture plan, but doubts remain

11.05.12 @ 17:59

Ambitious plans to create the EU's largest ever cultural funding programme are a step closer to reality after ministers offered broad support for the European Commission's Creative Europe programme at a meeting in ...

EU commissioner first to boycott Ukraine football games

30.04.12 @ 09:29

EU justice commissioner Vivianne Reding is to boycott the Euro2012 football championships in Ukraine for political reasons, amid reports the German Chancellor might do the same. Reding spokeswoman Mina Andreeva told ...

FocusAuthors urge EU to protect rights against pirates

12.04.12 @ 10:07

Film directors and screenwriters should be guaranteed minimum intellectual property rights by EU law, according to a group of leading trade organisations representing authors. In a joint statement issued Tuesday (10 ...

FocusEU to delay decision on Sony and Universal EMI take-over

29.03.12 @ 21:07

The battle for the future of the music publishing industry is set to run until the summer after the European Commission revealed its plan to delay judgment on the take-over of British music publishing giant EMI until ...

LetterActa is a crucial step forward

27.03.12 @ 09:12

There has been a great deal of rumour and speculation surrounding Acta and it is unfortunate that the media increases these rumours and misinformation. The title of your article is clearly misleading and gives the ...

InvestigationBelarus underground culture defies KGB goons

20.03.12 @ 16:20

Underground culture is flourishing in the heart of Belarus despite regime attempts to establish control. In public, the residents of Minsk consume a cocktail of Western pop culture and lumbering propaganda: concert ...

FocusEU to re-write cinema subsidy rules

16.03.12 @ 08:46

The European Commission on Wednesday (14 March) launched plans to re-writer EU rules on state aid for cinema this year. Member States across the EU provide around €3bn per year in support for film production, with the ...

FeatureRegime bulldozers take gloss off euro-pop festival

01.03.12 @ 12:53

Serious human rights violations in Azerbaijan have harmed the image of Europe's yearly festival of camp pop - Eurovision. If Irish twins Jedward or French singer Anggun make finals in Baku in May to sing lines such as " ...

VideoOver 2 million say No to anti-counterfeit treaty

01.03.12 @ 10:08

Two and a half million people signed a petition this week urging the European Parliament to say 'no' to the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement, Acta. The multinational treaty - which among other things aims to protect ...

FocusBarroso launches Portuguese Capital of Culture against backdrop of budget cuts

24.01.12 @ 17:16

Portuguese city Guimaraes launched the start of its year as European Capital of Culture (ECOC) on Saturday (21 January) against a backdrop of budget cuts which threaten to derail the success of the event. The city ...

FocusEU countries ponder massive increase in arts spending

10.01.12 @ 09:44

The European Commission's plan to launch the world's largest ever cultural funding programme is to be tested in coming weeks as EU states ponder if they want arts spending to go up 37 percent in the next EU budget. The ...