European Commission Work plan 2010 - Framework directive on collective rights management and Review of the Enforcement Directive

The European Commission has issued a communication to the European Institutions setting out its initiatives for the 2010 agenda. This is a wide ranging document but touches on IFRRO related matters in a couple of key areas - The Framework directive on collective rights management and the Review of the Enforcement Directive. 

The IFRRO related initiatives are listed under Annex 2 (Major proposals under consideration during 2010 and beyond, which are tentative).
Framework directive on collective rights management (Annex 2 page 23/page 37 in pdf): As an initiative underpinning the European Digital Agenda, the Directive will establish rules for the operation of 'collecting societies' (the bodies that collect and distribute copyright royalties).
Review of the Enforcement Directive (Annex 2 page 24/page 38 in pdf): Following the Report in October 2010, the Review will set out possible legislative amendments to the Enforcement Directive.

The Commission will now work closely with the European Parliament and the Council, as well as stakeholders, to ensure a broad ownership on the overall approach and on individual initiatives. The Commission has stated that it would like its Work Programme to act as a central building block for the common inter-institutional programming proposed under Article 17(1) of the Treaty of Lisbon. The Commission will remain in constant dialogue with EU institutions and stakeholders to develop and implement its 2010 Work Programme.