86 legal acts incorporated into the EEA Agreement

Published 03-05-2013
The establishment of the .eu top-level domain, new rules on the term of protection of music recordings and a new law aimed at reducing illegal deforestation were among the 86 EU acts adopted at the EEA Joint Committee meeting on 3 May 2013.

A regulation on the conditions for implementing the “.eu” top-level domain (TLD) was incorporated into the EEA Agreement. One of its aims is to increase the visibility of the European Internal Market worldwide and to promote the image of the European Union on global information networks. Part of this effort entails designating a non-profit registry to handle the registration and management of domains under the .eu TLD.

A new directive ensures that the rights of performers and phonogram producers of music recordings within the EEA will be extended to 70 years. The current 50 year term often does not cover performers’ entire lifetime, as they generally start their careers young. The directive also harmonises the method of calculating the term of protection of songs and other musical compositions with that used for lyrics penned by several authors. The protection will now expire 70 years after the death of the last surviving lyricist or composer.

The Joint Committee also approved a new regulation aimed at countering trade in illegally harvested timber and timber products, banning them from being placed on the EEA market and implementing traceability measures and sanctions to reduce illegal deforestation.

The Joint Committee meeting schedule for the second half of 2013 was also approved during the meeting.

The Joint Committee, chaired this semester by the EU, is responsible for the day-to-day management of the EEA Agreement. It provides a forum in which views are exchanged and decisions taken by consensus to incorporate EU legislation into the EEA Agreement.

Full list of adopted legal acts.


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