The European commission launched a public consultation on the efficiency of proceedings and accessiblity of measures. The EFJ response is available here.
Societies and democracies depend upon professional media
working to the highest ethical and professional standards. These in turn
require individual journalists to maintain high standards of reliability,
accuracy and integrity of news reporting - and they can only do this if their
creativity and independence is strongly protected.
The EFJ points at 4 concerns that must be further examined to maintain strong authors' rights protection for journalists.
Reinforcement of authorship and economic rights 'protection for sustaining
Need for small claim court proceedings
Need to strengthen metadata protection
Licence for first use is not complete
assignment of rights