Timetable


 

14 September 2016
the European Commission publishes a package of legislative proposals, amongst which also the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and the Council on copyright in the Digital Single Market
coordination between representatives of the member states from September 2016 to May 2018
6 February 2017
 opinion of the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) on the Proposal
20 February 2017
opinion of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) on the Proposal
2 March 2017
opinion of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) on the Proposal
10 March 2017
opinion of the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) on the Proposal
25 May 2018
member states adopt the compromise proposal of the Council on the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER)
5 July 2018
the European Parliament rejects the mandate to commence negotiation in the trilogue
12 September 2018
the European Parliament adds its amendments to the Proposal
2 October 2018
commencement of the trilogue between the Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission
30 November 2019
the presidency of the Council re-applies for the mandate for further negotiations with the European Commission
8 February 2019
member states re-assign the mandate to the Council
13 February 2019
final text of the Proposal is adopted in the trilogue
20 February 2019
Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) approves the text
26 February 2019
confirmation of the text by the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI)
20 March 2019
final amendments to the text of the Directive
26 March 2019
the European Parliament adopts the Directive
15 April 2019
the Council approves the Directive
spring 2019
entry into force of the Directive
spring 2021
deadline for implementation of the Directive in the national legislations of the member states

 

If you want to learn more about the process of adopting the Directive, visit the website CREATe.

The process of the copyright reform in the EU started in September 2016, when the European Commission published, amongst other legislative proposals, the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and the Council on copyright in the Digital Single Market (hereinafter: Proposal for the Directive).

After the Proposal for the Directive has been published, the representatives of the members states in the Council started cooperating amongst themselves for possible changes and amendments to the proposal. In February and March 2017, the Committees of the European Parliament adopted their opinions on the Proposal for the Directive (opinion of the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT), opinion of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), opinion of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), opinion of the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI)).

In May 2018, the member states adopted the compromise proposal of the Council on the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) and assigned the mandate to the Council to start the trilogue with the European Parliament and European Commission. However, in July 2018, the European Parliament rejected (with 318 votes against and 278 votes in favour) the mandate to commence negotiations in the trilogue.

In September 2018, the European Parliament submitted its amendments to the proposal of the Commission. In October 2018 the so-called trilogue between all three legislative bodies (the Council, the Parliament and the Commission) was initiated and the bodies negotiated on the final text of the Proposal for the Directive. Particularly Articles 11 and 13 remained undetermined between the institutions. In the end of 2018, the Presidency of the Council re-applied for the mandate for further negotiations with the Parliament and the Commission as some changes to the text of the compromise proposal were needed. In February 2019, the member states re-assigned the mandate to the Council. Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, Poland, Malta, Slovakia, Sweden and Finland opposed the re-assignment, while Slovenia abstained from voting.

On 13 February 2019, the trilogue ended and resulted in the final text of the Proposal for the Directive. The text was then approved by the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) and the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI). Just before the plenary vote the Proposal for the Directive was amended and the numbers of the articles changed. On 26 March 2019, the MEPs adopted the Directive with 348 votes in favour and 274 votes against. On 15 April 2019, the Ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries approved the Directive the Council. The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Poland, Italy, Finland and Sweden voted against, while Slovenia, Belgium and Estonia abstained from voting.

When officially published, Directive will determine the date of its entry into force and the deadline (normally two years after the entry into force) for its implementation in the national legislations of the member states.

A side-by-side comparison of the Proposal of the Commission, the compromise Proposal of the Council and the amendments of the Parliament can be found here.