Foundations for the Programme

Film and audiovisual as the keys to mutual understanding between the two shores of the Mediterranean

The year 2005 marked the 10th Anniversary of the Barcelona Conference in which Foreign Affairs Ministers from the EU and 12 Mediterranean Partners (Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, the Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey) agreed to form the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership to nurture closer economic and cultural ties between the southern Mediterranean and Europe. Their rationale was that well-chosen joint programmes would assist partner countries in creating a sustainable future for their cultural heritage. The foundations for audiovisual cooperation were laid during the Thessaloniki Conference in 1997, where Foreign Affairs Ministers stressed the importance of audiovisual for the promotion of mutual cultural understanding. The result was the launch by the European Commission of the regional Euromed Audiovisual I Programme in 2000 and the current Euromed Audiovisual II Programme in 2006.

Four priorities geared toward structures and sustained development

    The Programme’s objectives to be pursued over 3 years are:
  • To provide training and professional development for film and audiovisual professionals from the MEDA countries and territories
  • To enhance and upskill those involved in film development, promotion, distribution and exhibition in the MEDA region
  • To promote the visibility and exhibition, and maximize audiences for Mediterranean films in the MEDA region and the EU, and European films in the MEDA countries and territories
  • To reinforce the capacity of the South-Mediterranean region's public authorities to improve the organisation of the audiovisual sector and adopt measures to deal with new developments and new threats such as piracy

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