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Parliamentary questions
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11 October 2021
Question for written answer  E-004590/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Sabine Verheyen (PPE), Tomasz Frankowski (PPE), Ibán García Del Blanco (S&D), Marcos Ros Sempere (S&D), Laurence Farreng (Renew), Niyazi Kizilyürek (The Left)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Amending Directive 2006/115/EC to prevent a financial disaster for Europe’s music sector: one year on and still no progress

Over a year ago the Court of Justice of the EU delivered its ruling in Case C-265/19. Since then, the Commission has repeatedly been warned of dire consequences for European music performers and producers’ revenue were it not to amend Directive 2006/115/EC.

An initial question on this issue was tabled by MEPs in April 2021. Commissioner Breton replied in June to confirm that the Commission was aware of the sector’s concerns and that a study would be launched shortly. It is now several months later and yet there has been no study. As the court explained, the directive can simply be amended to confirm reciprocal treatment for European performance and broadcast rights.

Time is of the essence if we wish to avoid a financial disaster for an already struggling music sector which is only just starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel after the COVID-19 crisis.

1. When will the study be launched?

2. Will the Commission propose amending the directive to confirm reciprocal treatment for performance and broadcast rights; if so when, and if not why not?

3. Will the Commission then compensate performers who lose revenue due to its failure to take action?

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