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Parliamentary questions
11 November 2013
Joint answer given by Mr Barnier on behalf of the Commission
Written questions :E-010183/13 , E-010741/13

The Commission can confirm that the Italian Draft Regulation Concerning the Protection of Copyright on Electronic Communication Networks(1) was notified under the directive 98/34/EC(2).

The Commission notes that the current notification represents a new notification of a new measure and is therefore not considered as part of the previous notification on a similar subject(3).

1. The Commission’s examination is focusing on the compliance of the notified act with EC law, as envisaged by Article 8(2) of Directive 98/34/EC. This examination includes, among others, the analysis of the compliance of the envisaged legislative measures with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU, to the extent that the national legislation at stake is implementing EC law.

In this context, the Commission would like to recall that according to the e-Commerce Directive, any removal or disabling of access of illegal content or information has to be undertaken in observance of the principle of freedom of expression(4).

2. It would, at this stage of the assessment, be premature to conclude whether the Commission will send comments or a detailed opinion to the Italian authorities, or not react at all, on the present notification. The deadline for a potential response from the Commission under Directive 98/34/EC is 3 December 2013.

3. The Commission is firmly committed to ensuring that Member States respect EC law, including, when they implement EC law, the fundamental rights that form an integral part of it. It will therefore use any instrument necessary, where needed, to ensure that these principles are not undermined by the actions of the competent national authorities.

(2)Directive 98/34/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 June 1998 laying down a procedure for the provision of information in the field of technical standards and regulations, OJ L 204, 21.7.1998, p. 37‐48.
(4)Recital 46 of Directive 2000/31/EC.

OJ C 197, 26/06/2014
Last updated: 11 November 2013Legal notice