Historical vote for the press and democracy

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Historical vote for the press and democracy


Strasbourg, 12 September 2018

Europe’s press publishers applaud the historic adoption by the European Parliament of the copyright draft directive. 

A spokesman for the publishers said: “This reform is not just about the modernisation of copyright but about the fundamental function of our democracies. Today the European parliamentarians prove they value the European independent press by voting for a publishers’ right that will help ensure the sustainability of the European press sector”.

 The creation of a neighbouring right for press publishers was adopted. This new right will:

Next steps:

The European parliament granted the rapporteur a mandate to start negotiating with the European Commission and the European Council. Press publishers urge EU institutions to adopt the final text before the end of this legislature.