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IRIS 2005-10:6/8

European Parliament

Report on the Proposal for a Decision Relating to MEDIA 2007

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Mara Rossini

Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam

Following the European Commission's proposal for a decision concerning the implementation of the MEDIA 2007 support programme intended for the European audiovisual sector (see IRIS 2004-9:5), the European Parliament has taken up the dossier. MEDIA 2007 (which is to run through to 2013) aims to significantly strengthen the European audiovisual sector's competitiveness. The report sums up the three main priorities as follows:

- Strengthening of cooperation at all programme levels of MEDIA (training, development, distribution and promotion) to provide a basis for cross-border cooperation in order to counter the fragmentation of national markets in this sector.

- Facilitating access to funding for SMEs through specialised financial institutes (undercapitalisation of the European audiovisual sector must indeed be overcome through the availability of special financial services specifically geared towards SMEs).

- Contributing, through MEDIA 2007, to the digitisation of the European audiovisual sector and to the development and distribution of audiovisual works.

The proposed total budget for MEDIA 2007 is EUR 1055 million and it will integrate the previously separate training and development/distribution programmes (MEDIA Training and Media Plus - see IRIS 2004-6:4). The report is due to be on the Parliament's agenda on 24 October 2005.

Report from the Committee on Culture and Education of 28 September 2005 on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the implementation of a programme of support for the European audiovisual sector (MEDIA 2007), available at: EN