Legal Affairs MEPs on Tuesday endorsed the EP deal with member states to make it easier for online providers to obtain copyright licenses to stream music across EU borders. The draft law aims to encourage the creation of EU-wide online music services for consumers and ensure that creators' rights are better protected and their royalties are paid promptly.
On-line music service providers will be able to get licenses more easily under a provisional deal struck by Parliament and Council negotiators on Monday evening. The new rules are intended to stimulate the creation of EU-wide online music services for consumers and ensure that creators' rights are better protected and their royalties are paid more quickly.
EU firms could trade more easily in other member states and cross-border shoppers would be better informed of their rights under the proposed Common European Sales Law backed by the Legal Affairs Committee on Tuesday. The new law would lay down optional EU-wide rules for purchases from other member states.
The following is a summary of the priorities of the Lithuanian Council Presidency outlined to the different parliamentary committees by Lithuanian ministers this week, from 8 to 12 July. This text is going to be updated daily
On-line music service providers will get licenses more easily and musicians will receive royalties more quickly, enabling consumers to enjoy a wider range of music on-line, under rules approved on Tuesday by the Legal Affairs Committee.
Large extractive companies dealing with oil, gas and minerals will be obliged to disclose full details of their payments to national governments for every project that they operate, under a deal between Parliament and Council negotiators backed on Thursday by the legal affairs committee. The aim is to make companies dealing with strategic resources and national governments more accountable.
Firms or citizens seeking to recover debts across borders could get an order to freeze the debtor's bank account thanks to a proposed law endorsed by the Legal Affairs Committee on Thursday. The "European Account Preservation Order" (EAPO) should be quicker and cheaper to use than national procedures. Members also amended the proposal to prevent abuse and safeguard alleged debtors.
Obliging companies to switch auditors regularly and prohibiting auditors from supplying certain non-auditing services are among the changes voted by the Legal Affairs Committee on Thursday to a draft law to open up the EU audit services market and improve audit quality and transparency.
The "right to be forgotten", explicit consent before a person's data is collected and a ban on profiling on the basis of ethnic, religious or sexual orientation criteria are among the main demands for data protection reform made by the legal affairs committee in a non-binding opinion adopted on Tuesday.
Victims of stalking, harassment or gender-based violence who are granted protection in one EU member state would get fully equivalent protection if they freely move to another under new rules approved by the Legal Affairs and Women's Rights committees on Tuesday. The new EU rules would add civil law protection to the criminal law protection already enforced under the European Protection Order (EPO) Directive.