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European Commissioner Michel Barnier Keynote Speaker At MidemNet 2011

United States
Paris, 16 December 2010 – Michel Barnier, the European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, will deliver a keynote speech at MidemNet on Saturday 22 January 2011, ahead of the 45th MIDEM music market in Cannes.

At Commissioner Barnier’s initiative, the European Commission launched a public consultation in August 2010 on the future of electronic exchanges in the internal market and the implementation of the “electronic trade” directive (2000), whose development, 10 years on, remains limited to less than 2% of total European trade. Michel Barnier will outline for MidemNet participants his vision of copyright law in Europe and the position of creative industries in a digital pan-European content market, notably with regard to music.

“Political decisions today have a major influence on the establishment of the economic models of tomorrow for the music industry,” said Dominique Leguern, Director of MIDEM. “In keeping with our long-standing role as an economic and political forum, we are delighted that MIDEM will this year provide a platform for the point of view of a leading European figure, Commissioner Michel Barnier.”

French Foreign Minister from 2004-2005, special adviser to the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, in 2006, Commissioner Barnier is today responsible for a wide range of Commission initiatives in the fields of financial services, public-sector markets, the free circulation of services, intellectual property and professional qualifications.




Founded in 1963, Reed MIDEM is a leading organiser of professional, international tradeshows. Reed MIDEM events have established themselves as key dates in professional diaries. The company hosts MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, and MIPJUNIOR for the television and digital content industries, MIDEM for music professionals, MIPIM, MIPIM Asia, MIPIM HORIZONS and MAPIC for the property and retail real estate sectors.

Reed MIDEM is a division of Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading events organiser, with over 440 events in 36 countries. In 2009 Reed brought together over six million active event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organised by 35 fully staffed offices.

Reed organises a wide range of events, including trade and consumer exhibitions, conferences and meetings. Its portfolio of over 440 events serves 44 industry sectors, including: Aerospace & aviation, automobiles, beauty & cosmetics, broadcasting, building & construction, electronics, energy, oil & gas, engineering & manufacturing, food service & hospitality, gifts, healthcare, interior design, IT & telecoms, jewellery, life science & pharmaceuticals, machinery, marketing, business services & training, medical education, printing & graphics, security & safety, sports & recreation, travel.

Working closely with professional bodies, trade associations and government departments Reed ensures that each and every event is targeted and relevant to industry needs. As a result, many Reed events are market leaders in their field.
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