The European Commission launched in July 2012 a draft directive to harmonise collective management in Europe. EVA welcomed the initiative by the Commission. Collective management is essential to provide different and new tasks in the digital environment. Therefore it is necessary to set a clear legal framework that governs the activities of collective management organisations. Transparency and democratic governance structures are important assets of collective management.
All EVA collective management organisations are not-for-profit organisations – regularly set up in the form of associations governed by its members: the authors. The activities of collective management organisations have been increasingly regulated through competition rules. However, their purpose and function to provide artists with an indispensible service and to faciliate access to licenses on aggregated repertoires in a cultural environment are not comparable with other services and products offered on any other market. The EVA societies appreciate that the special role of collecting societies is broadly recognised by the European legislators and that this is reflected in the final version of the directive.
The Directive will be implemented in the EU member countries until 2016. It introduces transparenc and governance rules which in general are already in practise in the field of the visual works.