Fabian Demicoli

EU Consultation on New Media Programme

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on a future EU programme for the audiovisual sector which, from 2014, would replace the current one. During the second semester of 2011, the Commission intends to adopt a proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and Council establishing a new MEDIA programme after 2013. This new programme will help achieve the objectives of the new "Europe 2020" Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

 

The purpose of this consultation is to gather views from all relevant stakeholders of the audiovisual sector in Europe. Views are sought regarding the objectives, activities, and types of support within the new programme.

One area of particular interest in this consultation concerns the objectives and activities of the programme. There is, in this respect, a need to see how the programme's objectives and action lines should be revised in the light of technological, financial, social and other recent developments in order to ensure that they remain as relevant, clear and focused as possible.

The European Commission is also interested in consulting on management aspects of the programme in this context. Although considerable simplifications have been introduced during the run of the current programme, the Commission and its Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, responsible for the operational management of much of the programme, would, however, welcome input on further possible simplifications.

Maltese stakeholders working in the audiovisual sector are strongly encouraged to participate, as the future MEDIA will need to address the concerns of those working in the sector.

MEDIA Desk Malta hosted by the Culture and Audiovisual Unit within the Office of the Prime Minister is responsible for promoting the MEDIA programme in Malta.

For more information:

http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/ipm/forms/dispatch?form=futureumedia) or www.mediadeskmalta.eu

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