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Brussels, 7 March 2011

Declaration of European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso, on the programme MEDIA

During his visit to Turku, European Capital of Culture 2011, President Jose Manuel Barroso said:

"The field of culture is a very important one, also for the European economy. Let me mention the programme MEDIA, related to European cinema. There were some reports saying that the European Commission had the intention to reduce it, which is completely inaccurate. On the contrary, if one thinks about something concerning this programme, it is to reinforce it, at least this is what we are going to propose.

The programme MEDIA has been giving a great contribution to the European Cinema from now 20 years. 1,7 billions euros has been invested in the European cinema. Thanks to that programme, many exchanges and translations were organised, which made the distribution of European movies possible in other parts of Europe and in other parts of the world. These are concrete examples of where the European Union can help what has been done at national or even regional or local level"

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