A Franco-German compromise emerged last weekend that could lead to the adoption of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market in time.
This important piece of legislation had got stuck at a crucial stage: The Council of the European Union, composed of representatives of the 28 member states, had not yet agreed on a text to bring to a final Trialogue – a meeting at which the Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission get together to hammer out a definitive version of the directive from their three different versions.
The text must now be approved by a qualified majority of the Council. If all goes well, a Trialogue should convene next week, on the 11th or 12th of February. The last Trialogue meeting must take place by February 14th.
Why the Valentines Day deadline? Time is tight, and there are quite a few steps to go through before the Parliament gets to vote on the final text.
Agreements reached in Trialogues are provisional and have to be approved by the formal procedures applicable within each institution. In Parliament, the text of the provisional agreement has to be approved by a vote in committee after which it is confirmed in plenary. And of course, translations have to be made available in all languages before the vote.
Note: The remaining plenary sessions during which a vote would be possible are March 11-14, March 25-28, April 3-4 or April 15-18.