BRUSSELS - The EU Commission has decided to initiate
infringement procedures by sending letters of formal notice to Italy and 20 other Member States
asking them to communicate information on the way in which Directive 2019/790 / EU - on copyright and related rights in the digital single market - and Directive 2019/789 / EU - which establishes rules on the exercise of copyright and related rights applicable to certain online broadcasts of radio-TV broadcasting organizations and retransmissions of TV programs and radio - are transposed into national law.
These Member States have two months to reply.
In the Brussels note it is specified that the Commission has asked Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Croatia, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Poland, Portugal , Romania, Sweden, Slovenia and Slovakia to communicate information on how the rules included in the Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market (Directive 2019/790 / EU) are transposed into national law. The European Commission also asked Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Croatia, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania,Slovenia and Slovakia to communicate information on how Directive 2019/789 / EU on online television and radio programs is transposed into national law.
As the above Member States have not communicated national transposition measures or have done so only partially, the Commission has today decided to open infringement procedures by sending letters of formal notice. The two directives aim to modernize EU copyright rules and enable consumers and creators to make the most of the digital world. They strengthen the position of the creative industries, enable greater use of digital in core areas of society and facilitate the distribution of radio and television programs throughout the European Union. The deadline for transposing these directives into national law was 7 June 2021. These Member States now have two months to reply to the letters and take the necessary measures.In the absence of a satisfactory response, the Commission may decide to issue reasoned opinions.