The EU and its Member States would like to thank the Chair of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) for his efforts in facilitating engagement and progress in the work of the Committee. We would like to also thank the WIPO Secretariat for all the preparatory work done over the course of the year.
The EU and its Member States continue to be an active participant in the discussions on the Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organisations. In our view, this topic and discussions are of great importance and should ultimately result in a meaningful treaty which efficiently responds to the current but also future needs of broadcasting organisations. We thank the Chair for further consolidating his text on definitions, object of protection, rights to be granted and other issues.
The EU and its Member States are supportive of the recommendation by the SCCR to the General Assembly on this topic. We would suggest that in order to ensure progress on this important and long-standing issue, a list of outstanding issues should be established, together with a roadmap on future work on the treaty in the SCCR. Hopefully, this will allow the Committee to reach a level of consensus and maturity of the text that would lead us to the convening of a diplomatic conference within the timeframe envisaged in the recommendation.
The EU and its Member States remain furthermore committed to pursue fruitful discussions on exceptions and limitations. We congratulate the Chair and the Secretariat on the work carried out in the context of the action plans under these respective agenda items, in particular the three regional seminars conducted over the course of this year. We look forward to hearing more about their outcome at the upcoming International Conference on Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries, Archives, Museums and Educational and Research Institutions, ahead of SCCR 39. More generally, we are convinced that the work carried out in the context of the action plans will serve as a good basis for deepening our understanding of challenges faced by libraries, archives, museums as well as educational and research institutions and persons with other disabilities and serve as a useful tool and framework for future work. This view is based on the understanding, as expressed consistently by the EU and its Member States that the intention of the action plans is not to undertake any normative work. As the recent reports of this Committee will show, views are rather divergent on this topic. A meaningful outcome of the work under these agenda items could therefore in our view be guidance to Member States regarding best practices, taking advantage also of the flexibility of the international copyright legal framework to adopt, maintain or update national exceptions that adequately respond to local needs and traditions.
The EU and its Member States would like to reiterate that some of the agenda items of the SCCR have by now been discussed for a substantial period of time without a tangible outcome, whereas at the same time there have been proposals to reflect upon the future agenda of the Committee. Against this background, the EU and its Member States, along with many other delegations, would be in favour of including the topic of the Author's Resale Right (droit de suite) on the permanent agenda of the SCCR. In any event, and when reflecting upon the future agenda, our view is that issues of common interest need to be identified in a concrete manner and the objective of our discussions agreed at the start so as to ensure the best chances for success.