Economy Minister on copyright laws
Economy Minister Chris Cardona yesterday presented the European Parliament committee on legal affairs, also known as JURI, his ministry’s programmes for the upcoming six months while Malta has the EU Council presidency.
Minister Cardona said that the Presidency will be focusing on the digital market agenda, stressing the importance of “portability”. He is confident of a balanced first reading agreement to be achieved in the upcoming six months.
He said that once the court concludes its decision on the competence of the Marrakesh treaty, he hopes to ratify and conclude before the end of the presidency. The Marrakesh treaty deals with copyright laws and infringement.
Dr Cardona spoke of seeking to establish the right balance of free flowing information, preserving culture and liberty while also protecting the owner of content.
Dr Cardona was going to move on to country-by-country reporting, but decided to “stop there”.
He said that the Presidency will be looking at how to boost SMEs and make them more competitive, and also spoke of developing regulations that are not overly burdensome but also contribute towards transparency and fairness.
“Identifying regulatory barriers is key to competitive advantage, therefore our regulations must be made future proof and friendly to innovation,” he said.
Local MEP Therese Comodini Cachia asked Minister Cardona to indicate what issues from the Commission’s proposal on copyright laws are giving rise to the most controversy at Council level.
In response, Dr Cardona said: “The Council has started and will continue as a matter of priority under the Maltese presidency the examination of the two Commission proposals on copyright legislation framework. Our main objective as Council is to strike the right balance of free flow of information of cultural heritage and defending the rights of content holders.”