EU member states approve the Proposal for the Directive

The member states of the EU have on the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) approved the text of the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market that was negotiated in the trilogue.

Netherlands, Luxembourg, Poland, Italy and Finland were against the proposal, while Slovenia and Belgium abstained from voting. The members states who were against explained in a joint statement that the Directive is a step back for a digital single market and that does not create balance between the protection of the right holders and the interests of the citizens.

The proposal still has to be approved by the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI), which is likely to happen on 26 February 2019. If the proposal is approved, the European Parliament will have to vote on it. On the level of the Council, the ministers of the members states will also have to decide on the proposal. Since the Council can approve the proposal in any composition, this means that in theory the ministers for agriculture could decide on the directive in the final stage.