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Premium live sports content attracts large audiences, drives TV subscriptions upwards and generates advertising for broadcasters, particularly in an increasingly diversified media landscape. With no foreseeable end to the rush for premium sports rights over a handful of major sports events, the dramatic intensification of competition in the past 20 years has led to a steep increase in the pricing levels of audiovisual rights. In 2009, EU broadcasters spent around €5.8 billion on the acquisition of ...

Upon request by the LIBE Committee, this study looks into the impact of the economic crisis and the austerity measures which were introduced as a response thereto, to the enjoyment of a set of selected fundamental rights by individuals in Cyprus. It also contains recommendations on how to make sure that the enjoyment of these rights is ensured in the future.

The present study examines the human rights impacts of the extractive industries on indigenous peoples worldwide. It finds that there continue to be significant human rights risks associated with mining, oil and gas extraction falling disproportionately on indigenous peoples. It argues that the growing demand for non-renewable resources and the need to explore and exploit resources in ever more invasive ways suggest that such activities are likely to impinge even more on the lands of indigenous communities ...

Cost of Non Europe Reports are intended to evaluate the possibilities for gains and the realisation of a ‘public good’ through common action at EU level in specific policy areas and sectors. In particular, this study analyses the cost for citizens and businesses of the formalities which are currently necessary in order to make certain public documents acceptable in different Member States. The study concludes that the abolition of legalisation and Apostille, the simplified certification of copies ...

On 12 November 2013, the Central Committee of China's Communist Party adopted measures to 'deepen reform'. The reforms would support China's economic development. Legal reform will continue, but the Party’s supremacy and application of law remain key issues. Re-education through labour is to be abandoned. China will gradually reduce the number of crimes subject to the death penalty. Public ownership will remain at the centre of the Chinese economic system. State-owned enterprises will lose some of ...

Following the European Commission’s launching of a Recast proposal for Directive 93/7/EEC, which was adopted to ensure the return of cultural goods classified as “national treasures possessing artistic, historic or archaeological value”, the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) of the European Parliament draw up a report on ‘Return of Unlawfully-Removed Cultural Objects’. Due to its complicated and legal-technical nature, CULT organised a workshop on the subject to promote debate between experts ...

In civil and commercial matters, the provisional and protective measures are set to preserve the factual or legal situation, in a way to protect the rights whose recognition was claimed elsewhere by the court, having jurisdiction over the substance of the matter. Thus, protection measures shall surprise the defendant by depriving him/her of the possibility to make the protection sought useless. Talking about domestic violence, the protective measures are set to give immediate protection in cases ...

This briefing provides the legal background understanding in respect of securities which are held through banks and other intermediaries necessary to access the highly complex area of cross-border securities law which is in between commercial-, insolvency- and property law. It also describes adjacent legislation and neighbouring international initiatives. As the relevant laws are heavily fragmented, the holding and transfer of such securities as well as the exercise of investor rights is cumbersome ...

This note provides an objective analysis of the property law aspects of living together in situations where the relationship has connections with more than one EU Member State. The analysis focuses on couples, whether opposite-sex or same-sex relationships, living together either in the form of a marriage, a registered partnership or who de facto live together. The note identifies main problems related to the matrimonial property regimes and patrimonial aspects of other forms of union with a cross-border ...