Ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries adopted the Copyright Directive

Today, the Council of EU sealed the deal on the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market. After the publication of the official text of the Directive and its entry into force, the Member States will have two years to transfer the directive into their national legislation.

Compared to February’s vote on the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER), on which the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Poland, Italy and Finland voted against, while Slovenia and Belgium abstained from voting, today also Sweden was against and Estonia erred on the side of the abstained. Nevertheless, a qualified majority of 16 Members States representing 65% of the population of the EU, was enough to adopt the Directive. Today, 19 Member States, representing 71,26% of the population, were in favour of the Directive in the Council composed of the Ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries. It is now on the Member States to implement the bad Directive into national legislation. Will they do that more or less automatically, in accordance with the “copy/translate/paste” method, or will they find better solutions where possible?