Industry Report: European Policy
How European policy influences cinema and television
Cultural diplomacy is beneficial for the economy through increased market access for European cultural and creative industries, strengthened cultural diversity and the wider sharing of European values.
This report will be the subject of a presentation by its author during the conference “Simultaneous multi-plaform and multi-territory releases: new approaches for greater diversity of cinema in Europe?” that will be held next Friday May 16th at 11am at the Majestic
During this time of crisis affecting countries from all over Europe, we must think beyond borders, economy and the market and remember the collective cultural roots upon which Europe was founded. We must use our collective history and heritage as inspiration to find the best way to improve the way of life in European civil society and the overall wellbeing of Europeans.
Calls for a free-trade agreement between the USA and Europe have acted as a catalyst for the a latent desire from within the European Commission to reconsider the cultural exception. Is all sanctuarisation fighting a losing battle as we are led to believe?
The analysis of a 47 cities from all around the world panel confirms the economic importance of the cultural sector (3.4% of the panel’s employment), and suggests that territories focusing on culture have a lower and decreasing unemployment rate.
With 2 billion euros in box office revenue in 2012, the Chinese film market rose to become the second largest in the world, though still far behind the U.S. one (8.1 billion euros). With growth over 30%, is China becoming a promising market?
On February the 24th, the think tank Forum d'Avignon publishes in the Journal du Dimanche a call for personal cultural data to be recognized as a valuable and negotiable property. This was signed by 32 artists, intellectuals, economists, businessmen and businesswomen. It' is the first step before the think tank publication that will see the day this year carried out by Ernst & Young about personal cultural data.
European Culture and Audiovisual Ministers, gathered together as a Council in Brussels from November 18-19, 2010 as part of the Belgian Presidency of the European Union, adopted the Work Plan 2011-2014 for Culture as well as a series of conclusions relating to the Union’s audiovisual policy.
On 20 November the Council of EU Ministers unanimously approved the EU's telecoms reform package. The report examines the reform of the telecoms package which lead up to its final adoption and looks at current and future parameters within the telecoms industry on which this just adopted reviewed legislation - now to be transposed - will have a bearing.
The first Czech presidency of the Council presented the Czech priorities in the cultural and audio-visual field. Only 20 lines of the programme concern the field and most of the attention is placed on education…
Audiovisual Media Service Directive (AVMSD) carried out an independent survey in regard to articles 3i, 4 and 5 (promoting European works by linear and non-linear services) requested by the European Commission. Although most European broadcasters fulfilled the minimum targets set for article 4 and 5, the actual implementation of these articles varied under different national regulations.
Prior to the first reading of the Telecom Package, FERA and 10 European creative organisations expressed their concerns about the impact of the Telecom Package on the European creative community in an open letter to the European Parliament. In the letter, emphasising intellectual property rights as an important safeguard for creative works, they called for support on some amendments to tackle online piracy and asked for alternative legal frames for internet users.
The European Audiovisual Observatory published the latest legal analysis, Legal Observations of the European Audiovisual Observatory (IRIS plus). Under the title Progress in the Must-Offer Debate, the report examined the relationship broadcasters have to balance between commercial must-offer orientations and public service must-carry requirements with respect copyright and competition law.