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Community participation in the European Audiovisual Observatory
Established in 1992, the European Audiovisual Observatory is the focal point for collecting and disseminating information on the audiovisual industry in Europe. This Decision makes the European Community a member of the European Audiovisual Observatory. It also tasks the Commission with representing the Community in dealings with the Observatory.
The Ministers and Representatives of 26 European States and the President of the European Commission, meeting in Paris in October 1989, adopted a Joint Declaration establishing the European Audiovisual Observatory.
The Ministers and Representatives of the various European States subsequently decided in June 1992 in Helsinki to set up the European Audiovisual Observatory, with the stated objectives being to:
- improve the flow of information within the audiovisual industry;
- promote a clearer view of the market and greater transparency.
The Observatory was to focus in the first instance on the main categories of information requested by the professionals.
The Observatory was eventually established in Strasbourg on the basis of a "Partial Agreement" of the Council of Europe adopted in December 1992.
Its Statute stipulates that "the aim of the Observatory shall be to improve the transfer of information within the audiovisual industry, to promote a clearer view of the market and a greater transparency and specifically, the task of the Observatory shall be to collect and process information and statistics on the audiovisual sector (namely, legal, economic and programme information)".
The Commission has been a member of the Observatory since its foundation and is represented on its constituent bodies (the Executive Council and the Advisory Committee) and on its various working bodies such as the Financial Committee.
It contributes to the Observatory's operating budget according to a financial weighting, which puts the Commission's share on a par with that of the larger members.
Decision No 1999/784/EC
By virtue of this Decision the Community became a member of the European Audiovisual Observatory.
The Commission represents the Community in its dealings with the Observatory.
The appropriations required for the Community's financial contribution to the Observatory's operating budget are authorised by the budgetary authority in accordance with the relevant financial perspective.
The Community's participation and financial contribution was to cover a period of five years from 1999 to 2004.
Extension until 2013
Firstly, Decision No 2239/2004/EC, adopted in 2004, extended the Community's participation in the Observatory until the end of 2006.
The Decision also requested that the Observatory:
- strengthen its capacity to follow new developments in multimedia and new technologies;
- collect and provide expertise and systematic information in fields - such as those of fiscal and labour law, copyright and consumer protection law - liable to throw up barriers to the free circulation of audiovisual goods and services;
- collect data on the levels of services provided to assist disabled people, such as subtitling, audio description and sign language.
Under Decision No 1718/2006/EC, which established the MEDIA 2007 programme, the Community's participation in the Observatory was subsequently extended further to cover the whole duration of the programme, i.e. until 2013.
|Act||Entry into force - Date of expiry||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Decision 1999/784/EC||22.11.1999 - 31.12.2004||-||OJ L 307 of 2.12.1999|
|Amending act(s)||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Decision No 2239/2004/EC [adoption: codecision COD/2003/0293]||17.11.2004 - 31.12.2006||-||OJ L 390 of 31.12.2004|
For further information, please see the Site of the European Audiovisual Observatory