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Brussels, 21 May 2008
The EU "Education, Youth Affairs and Culture" Council will meet on 21-22 May 2008 in Brussels. For the audiovisual items on the agenda on 21 May, the Commission will be represented by Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Information Society and Media. The Council is expected to agree on a general approach on the new Safer Internet Programme, thereby facilitating the further proceedings of the first reading of the Commission's proposal in the European Parliament.
Main Audiovisual items in the agenda:
The new Safer Internet Programme
On 27 February 2008, the Commission proposed a new Safer Internet programme to enhance the safety of children in the online environment (IP/08/310). With a budget of €55 million for 2009-2013, the programme builds further on the successful Safer Internet programme started in 2005 and will also encompass recent communications services from the Web 2.0, such as social networking. The proposed new programme will co-fund projects to:
These proposals include policy recommendations made by children themselves during a European Youth forum held on Safer Internet Day on 12 February 2008 (IP/08/207).
The proposed new Safer Internet Programme (2009-2013) is expected to be adopted in 2009. Co-funding of projects should begin from 2010.
At this Council
The Council is expected to agree on a general approach on the new proposal establishing a multi-annual Safer Internet Programme on protecting children using the Internet and other communication technologies.
Single Market for Online Music, Films and Games in Europe
On 3 January 2008 the Commission adopted its Communication on creative content online in the Single Market (IP/08/5). This Communication followed the public consultation launched by the Commission in July 2006, and is the starting point for new EU actions to support the development of innovative business models, cross-border services and consumer-friendly offers. The Communication announced:
The Commission also launched a public consultation in order to prepare – by the second half of 2008 – an EU Recommendation on Creative Content Online for adoption by the European Parliament and the Council.
At this Council
The Presidency envisages holding an exchange of views on the basis of the following questions to the Ministers:
Media literacy in the digital environment
Following an EU-wide survey in 2006, the European Commission announced in December 2007 its plans to encourage the development of media literacy and the exchange of good practice across Europe by adopting Communication on media literacy in the digital environment (IP/07/1970).
The Communication adds a further building block to European audiovisual policy by complementing the new Audiovisual Media Services Without Frontiers Directive (IP/07/1809), and the MEDIA 2007 support-programme for the development and distribution of European films. It also announced a study to be launched in 2008 on how to assess media literacy levels.
At this Council
The Presidency will call on the Ministers to adopt the Council conclusions on the Commission Communication.
A Press Conference is provisionally scheduled after the Council on Wednesday, 21 May, at 18.00 hrs in the Justus Lipsius press room.