Answer to Written Question: Protection of cultural diversity and European content in the audiovisual sector

(Source: European Parliament)



Answer given by Mr Breton

on behalf of the European Commission


In its Communication on the Media and Audiovisual Action Plan (MAAP)[1], the Commission committed to launching a dialogue with stakeholders from the audiovisual sector in order to agree on concrete steps to improve access to and availability of audiovisual content across borders in the EU. In the dialogue, which will be launched in the course of 2021, the Commission will take account of the production and distribution models used by the audiovisual industry. The dialogue would not affect commercial freedom but would build on commitments from the audiovisual industry to reach specific targets to increase the circulation of works across the EU.

The dialogue will contribute to promoting cultural diversity within the EU, in line with Article 167 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. The Commission will explore, in cooperation with the audiovisual sector, how to make sure that consumers can enjoy the richness and diversity of European audiovisual content.

[1] COM(2020)784 final – Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions – Europe’s Media in the Digital Decade: An Action Plan to Support Recovery and Transformation:

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