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MEPs take a democratic step closer to a fair and sustainable internet

Press releases , February 26, 2019


– Brussels, 26 February 2019 –

The European Parliament’s JURI (Legal Affairs) committee took a democratic step closer to achieving a copyright that is fit for the digital age when it voted today in favour of the text agreed in Trilogue.

A spokesman for ENPA (European Newspaper Publishers’ Association), EMMA (European Magazine Media Association), EPC (European Publishers’ Council), and NME (News Media Europe) said: “We welcome the JURI committee’s decision and now call on the plenary to vote in support of Europe’s vital cultural and media landscape as it did by a large majority last September.

“The text, as agreed in Trilogue, would modernise copyright with a proportionate approach that does not stifle digital innovation.”

EMMA, ENPA, EPC and NME have published a joint statement (Copyright Joint Letter) with organisations from across the cultural and creative sector, representing authors, composers, writers, journalists, photographers and others working in all artistic fields, news agencies, book and music publishers, audiovisual and independent music producers, which calls on the European Parliament to adopt the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market quickly.

The European Parliament plenary is provisionally scheduled for the end of March.

For further information, please contact:

Wout van Wijk 
+32 473 685864


Ilias Konteas 
+32 2 536 06 00


Ilias Konteas 
+32 2 536 06 03


Angela Mills Wade
+32 2 231 12 99


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EMMA, the European Magazine Media Association, is the unique and complete representation of Europe’s magazine media, which is today enjoyed by millions of consumers on various platforms. EMMA represents 15,000 publishing houses, publishing 50,000 magazine titles across Europe in print and digital. See:

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