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Answer to a written question - TikTok - E-003875/2019(ASW)
See question(s) : E-003875/2019
16 March 2020
E-003875/2019

Answer given by Mr Reynders
on behalf of the European Commission

Question reference: E-003875/2019

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)(1) applies to the processing of personal data in the context of the activities of an establishment of a controller or a processor in the Union, or to processing by a controller or processor not established in the Union where the processing activities are related to the offering of goods or services to individuals in the Union or the monitoring of their behaviour within the Union.

Where information society services process personal data of individuals in the EU on the basis of consent, they need to verify whether those individuals are children below the age of 16 years. Member States may provide by law for a lower age. In such case, information society services must make reasonable efforts to verify that consent is given or authorise…

EU Commission clears the acquisition of Penguin by Bertelsmann

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of sole control over Penguin Random House (“PRH”) of the US by Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA (“Bertelsmann”) of Germany. PRH is a media company active in trade publishing. Bertelsmann is active in television and television production, trade publishing, magazine publishing, and music rights management services. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, because Bertelsmann already holds 75% of PRH and the transaction merely implements a transition from joint to sole control, without introducing significant modifications of pre-existing competition. The transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.9710.

Updated survey: How to regulate Artificial Intelligence in Europe?

I have updated my questionnaire on regulating #AI and #robots. What are your views? Do we share common definitions? Who are the most important actors? Which issues are on the agenda already, and which are to come?

Looking forward to your responses at: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/Weidemann-EU-AI-2019.

Joachim O. Weidemann

EU Parliament: Hearing on Media Freedom, Freedom of Expression and Combatting hate speech online and offline on 6 November at the EP's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

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Hearings - Media Freedom, Freedom of Expression and Combatting hate speech online and offline - 06-11-2019 - Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
28-10-2019 07:19 PM CET

On 6 November 2019, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) will hold a public hearing on “Media Freedom, Freedom of Expression and Combatting hate speech online and offline”.

The hearing will be structured in two parts, a first part dedicated to media freedom, freedom of expression and the protection of investigative journalists with the participation of representatives of the Council of Europe, Reporters without Borders and investigative journalists. The second panel will focus on combatting hate speech (online and offline) and disinformation, with the participation of NGO representatives and think tanks working on these issues.

European Parliament positions
European Parliament resolution of 28 March 2019 on the situation of the rule of law and the fight against corruption in t…

OECD announces multilateral efforts to address tax challenges from digitalisation of the economy

Via IEU Monitoring - Source: OECD
Today the OECD Secretariat published a proposal to advance international negotiations to ensure large and highly profitable Multinational Enterprises, including digital companies, pay tax wherever they have significant consumer-facing activities and generate their profits.
The new OECD proposal brings together common elements of three competing proposals from member countries of the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on BEPS, which groups 134 countries and jurisdictions on an equal footing for multilateral negotiation of international tax rules, making them fit for purpose for the global economy of the 21st Century.
The proposal, which is now open to a public consultation process, would re-allocate some profits and corresponding taxing rights to countries and jurisdictions where MNEs have their markets.  It would ensure that MNEs conducting significant business in places where they do not have a physical presence be taxed in such jurisdictions, through the cre…

EU Commission: Targeted consultation on the exercise of rights of performers and producers in the audiovisual sector

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Source: EU Commission - Team Copyright

29 July 2019 to 30 September 2019

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The Commission is opening a targeted consultation on the exercise of rights of performers and producers in the audiovisual sector.

Target group

The consultation is targeted at those engaged in the management of rights in the audiovisual sector. It mainly concerns performers and producers who are holders of related rights and their contractual partners such as distributors, sales agents, broadcasters, online platforms and cultural heritage institutions. 
Objective of the consultation

The aim of this targeted consultation is to gather information and data on current market practices and on the exercise of rights of performers and producers in the audiovisual sector. The Commission will analyse these information and data in preparation of a report assessing th…

CJEU on Spiegel Online: The use of a protected work for the purposes of reporting current events does not, in principle, require a prior request for authorisation

Source: Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-516/17

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Freedom of establishment

The use of a protected work for the purposes of reporting current events does not, in principle, require a prior request for authorisation

Court of Justice of the European Union

PRESS RELEASE No 101/19
Luxembourg, 29 July 2019

Judgment in Case C-516/17
Spiegel Online v Volker Beck

The use of a protected work for the purposes of reporting current events does not, in principle, require a prior request for authorisation

Furthermore, a work may be quoted by means of a hyperlink, provided that that quoted work, in its specific form, was previously made available to the public with the copyright holder’s authorisation or in accordance with a non-contractual licence or statutory authorisation

Volker Beck, a former member of the Bundestag (Federal Parliament, Germany) is the author of a manuscript on criminal policy relating to sexual offences committed against minors, which was published under a pseu…

CJEU on Funke Medien NRW and the Freedom of establishment : Freedom of information and the freedom of the press cannot justify a derogation from the rights of copyright holders beyond the exceptions and limitations set out in the Copyright Directive

Source: 97/2019 : 29 July 2019 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-469/17


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Court of Justice of the European Union
PRESS RELEASE No 97/19
Luxembourg, 29 July 2019
Judgment in Case C-469/17
Funke Medien NRW GmbH v Federal Republic of Germany
Freedom of information and the freedom of the press cannot justify a derogation from the rights of copyright holders beyond the exceptions and limitations set out in the Copyright Directive
However, as far as concerns military status reports, a national court must, first of all, ascertain whether the conditions are satisfied so that those reports can be regarded as protected by copyright, before considering whether the use of the reports is capable of falling within the scope of such exceptions or limitations
The Federal Republic of Germany has a military status report drawn up every week on the foreign deployments of the Bundeswehr (Federal Armed Forces, Germany) and on developments at the deployment locations. The reports are designat…

Media freedom and investigative journalism - Call for Proposals by the EU Commission

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Source: EU Commission
18 July 2019 to 27 September 2019

The European Union is making EUR 4.175 million available for Actions aiming at supporting media freedom and investigative journalism.

The EU is publishing a Call for Proposals for Pilot Projects and Preparatory Actions conducting the following actions:

Action 1 - Pilot Project: A Europe-wide response mechanism for violation of press and media freedom

The Europe-wide rapid response mechanism for violations of press and media freedom will be geared at mitigating the consequences of the recently observed deterioration of press and media freedom in certain EU Member States and Candidate Countries. It will provide tangible protection for journalists and will encompass fact-finding, advocacy, monitoring, informing the European public and awareness raising. This action will bring violations to the forefront, and will provide practical help to journalists under threat. It will be carried out in collaboration with European, regional and local …

EU auditors scrutinize EU Commission's annual 24.5m € support to NBC affiliate Euronews

Source: ECA - eca.europa.eu

EU support helps Euronews to broaden its coverage of European affairs, but funding needs to be better monitored, say EU Auditors.


The EU’s support of an average of €24.5 million a year has helped Euronews to develop a unique business model and broadcast programmes on EU affairs in a number of languages, according to a new rapid case review by the European Court of Auditors. However, most citizens in the EU are unable to access it, as the channel is not a public service broadcaster in any Member State. Moreover, the auditors identified shortcomings in the way the European Commission monitors the performance of Euronews against agreed objectives and commitments made. Euronews was created in 1993 by ten European public broadcasters to reinforce European identity and integration, and the EU has provided it with financial support since then. In recent years, it has changed its ownership structure by acquiring private investors. The auditors analysed the funding of …