EANA welcomes and supports the inclusion of news agencies as beneficiaries of the new Copyright Directive

The European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA) welcomes the agreement reached last Wednesday at European level between the Commission, the Parliament and the Council, on the matter of the new Copyright Directive. "It is our opinion that this is a great step forward for the European media and consquently for the European news agencies as an integral part of the business, as it provides the opportunity of further developing quality news services by our professional journalists for our partners, clients and readers," said Peter Kropsch, EANA President and CEO of DPA. The new copyright rules will also provide leverage for news agencies facing greater competition from tech giants, and allows for a fairer environment in which everyone should have a chance to evolve. Last but not least, including news agencies is essential for several hundred million European citizens who benefit from unbiased news from news agencies all around Europe.

EANA would like to remind EU member states that we favoured the massively adopted Parliament version which protected short extracts, these extracts being the core of the news flow.

February 14th, 2019

The EANA Board

Peter Kropsch, President of EANA and CEO of DPA (Germany)

Jiri Majstr, CEO of CTK (The Czech Republic)

Clive Marshall, CEO of PA (United Kingdom)

Michalis Psilos, CEO of ANA-MPA (Greece)

Alexandru Giboi, Secretary General of EANA