More choice in online TV and radio programmes
MEPs will vote on Tuesday on opening talks with EU governments on new rules to give consumers a wider choice of online TV and radio on offer in the EU.
Demand for online TV and radio is growing among EU internet users, especially among younger audiences. The new rules aim to respond to this demand, by making it easier for broadcasters to make their news and current affairs programmes available online in other EU countries. This is done by simplifying the process of clearing copyright.
Quick facts on procedure
Parliament will be ready to start talks with the Council on the new rules if a majority of MEPs support the decision taken by the Legal Affairs Committee in November on the EP negotiating mandate. However, should the plenary overturn the committee’s decision, the new rules on online TV and radio will be added to the agenda of the January plenary session, for a vote on the draft text and amendments.
Procedure: Mandate for negotiations (Co-decision, 1st reading)
Vote: Tuesday, 12 December