The EU institutions have recently agreedon a revisedAudiovisual Media Services Directive. The new Directive aims to provide an updated legal framework reflecting the significant and rapid evolution of the audiovisual media services technologies and market: from television to portable devices, video-on-demand services, video-sharing platforms, from traditional TV content to video clips and user-generated content.
COMECE shares theconcern expressed by the Holy Fatheron the situation in Nicaragua after the attack of 9 July against Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes (Archbishop of Managua), Mgr. José Silvio Baez (Auxiliary Bishop of Managua), as well as the Apostolic Nuncio, personal representative of the Pope in Nicaragua.
TheCOMECE Social Affairs Commissiongathered on 21 June 2018 to exchange with EU officials on three current social issues of particular interest for the Church in Europe: theEU Work-life Balancepackage, theMultiannual Financial Framework (MFF)for 2021-2027and theFuture of Work.
A roundtable debate on "New Defence Technologies" took place at COMECE on June 19th, 2018, to discuss the current developments in this field and reflect on related legal, security and ethical questions.
Following its contribution to a public consultation of the EU Commission on Artificial Intelligence (AI), COMECE will publish the reflection “Robotisation of Life” in order to address the many ethical questions raised by AI’s effects on our societies.
The COMECE Working Group on Migration and Asylum examined the status quo of the negotiations concerning the Dublin Regulation recast, that should be adopted by the Council at the end of June 2018. The event was held last week and gathered experts from Bishops’ conferences, representatives of Catholic organizations and EU and UN officials.