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National aid to the film and audiovisual industries

The audiovisual industry plays a crucial role in the preservation of cultural diversity in Europe and in job and wealth creation. The Council therefore calls for support for this industry, which is suffering from structural weaknesses, including under-capitalisation of companies, fragmentation of national markets, which are dominated by non-European productions, and poor transnational circulation of European works. National aid enables the Member States to develop their capacity to define and implement cultural and audiovisual policies for the purpose of preserving cultural diversity in Europe.

ACT

Council Resolution of 12 February 2001 on national aid to the film and audiovisual industries [Official Journal C 73 of 06.03.2001].

SUMMARY

This resolution follows on from the Commission communication of 14 December 1999 on principles and guidelines for the Community's audiovisual policy in the digital age, and the symposium on European cultural industries in the digital age (Lyon, 11 and 12 September 2000) during which participants emphasised the need for the Member States to maintain and implement national arrangements to support cultural industries.

The European film and audiovisual industries

The European film and audiovisual industries play a crucial role in the preservation of cultural diversity in Europe. However, they are suffering from structural weaknesses, including under-capitalisation of companies, fragmentation of national markets, which are dominated by non-European productions, and poor transnational circulation of European works.

State aid to the cultural sector

Pursuant to Article 87 of the EC Treaty, aid to promote culture and heritage conservation may be considered to be compatible with the common market where such aid does not affect trading conditions and competition in the Community to an extent that is contrary to the common interest. The objective of cultural diversity presupposes the necessary industrial fabric and justifies the specific nature of national aid to the film and audiovisual industries. National aid is essential to contribute to the emergence of a European audiovisual market.

Action by the Member States

The Council calls on the Member States to conduct national policies to support the creation of film and audiovisual products, since national aid may contribute to the emergence of a European audiovisual market.

In addition, appropriate means of increasing legal certainty for these arrangements for preserving and promoting cultural diversity should be found.

Action by the Commission

The Commission is requested to brief the Council on the state of its reflections by the end of 2001.

Given the need to examine appropriate means of increasing legal certainty for these arrangements for preserving and promoting cultural diversity, the dialogue between the Member States and the Commission should be continued.

RELATED ACTS

Commission communication of 16 March 2004 on the follow-up to the Commission communication on certain legal aspects relating to cinematographic and other audiovisual works (Cinema communication) [COM(2004) 171 final - Official Journal No 123 of 30.04.2004].

Commission communication of 26 September 2001 on certain legal aspects relating to cinematographic and other audiovisual works " [COM(2001) 534 final - Official Journal No C 043 of 16.02.2002].

 
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