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FUNDING Denmark

Opposition nixes Mikkelsen's maths

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- The Danish opposition tells the Culture Minister that the film industry needs more money if it is to develop

Representatives of Denmark’s Opposition, a coalition of Social Democrats and the Socialist People’s Party, met with the Minister for Culture Brian Mikkelsen to discuss his proposed reforms to funding for the national film industry. The Minister recently announced that he would be increasing funding to the film industry by a reported 100 million Danish Kroner (Euros13.4 million) per year, a sum he felt was more than adequate. Mikkelsen also announced the introduction of new legislation that would oblige Denmark’s two leading TV stations, DR TV and TV2, to invest 20 million Danish Kroner (Euros2.7 million) in filmmaking every year each. The Opposition claim that these amounts are nowhere near enough what is needed to maintain Danish film production and claim that, because of the government's announced cuts in culture sector spending, prestigious institutions like Danish Film Institute and the Film School would actually end up being 10% worse off for 2002-2005, as a direct consequence of cuts the government intends implementing in a various sectors.

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