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Europe must rise to the challenges presented by the Arab Spring

In an OpEd published on the influential American news portal The Huffington Post, the Italian Senate Vice President Emma Bonino and prominent British historian Timothy Garton Ash say that Europe’s response to the Arab Spring has been lacking in...



France’s CNC to replace Fonds Sud with new fund

New fund will have annual budget of €6 million

France’s National Cinema Centre CNC is set to launch a new fund aimed at world cinema in January 2012, to replace its existing Fonds Sud and Aid to Foreign Language Films (AFLE) funds, the state body announced last week in Cannes. The new fund,...

Institutions, Industry


Opinion poll finds growing expectations of the EU's role in Algeria

Algerians increasingly feel the EU should play a greater role in ensuring freedom of expression of the media and believe the EU can help bring peace and stability to Algeria and the surrounding region. These were just some of the findings to...

Institutions, Algeria


Jordanians see benefits from EU policies, poll finds

A majority of Jordanians think that their country has benefited from EU policies. When asked why, over half said EU investment in Jordan, followed by a third mentioning improved education and the aid allocated to development. This was just one of...

Institutions, Jordan


Film Industry: EU support goes MediterraneanFilm Industry: EU support goes Mediterranean

Amman, March 15, 2011

Centre: Head of Delegation/EU Ambassador to Jordan, Mrs. Joanna WroneckaLeft: Ms. Chrystelle Lucas, Programme Manager, European CommissionRight: Ms. Reem Bader, Project Manager, The Royal Film Commission)--> The European Commission launched, on...

Programme Activities, Institutions


The European Union: a guide for audiovisual professionals

The MEDIA Desk UK just published a practical guide on the European Union. The aim of the guide for audiovisual professionals is to provide an introduction to the European Union (EU), its composition, powers, activities and initiatives, as well as...



The United Nations recognizes the role of culture for development

On 20 December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on culture and development, which emphasizes the important contribution of culture for sustainable development and for the achievement of national and international...



New Audiovisual Media Services Directive to come into effect from December 2009New Audiovisual Media Services Directive to come into effect from December 2009

Interview with Amélie Lépinard, Audiovisual and Media Policies Unit, Information Society and Media Directorate General, European Commission

Q: During your intervention at the Euromed Audiovisual II seminar in Brussels last month you spoke about the "Audiovisual Media Services" Directive (AVMSD) which was adopted in December 2007 and which aim is to adapt and modernize the existing...



European Council approves MEDIA Mundus ProgrammeEuropean Council approves MEDIA Mundus Programme

The European Council, which gathers the governmental representatives of the Member States, has approved on 14 September the MEDIA Mundus Programme which was adopted by the European Commission in January 2009. MEDIA Mundus is a broad international...

Institutions, Industry


40 international film cooperation projects benefit from EU €5 million support40 international film cooperation projects benefit from EU €5 million support

The European Commission has announced €5 million of funding for 2009 to strengthen cultural and commercial relations between Europe's film industry and film-makers of third countries. The EU funding will enable European film makers, animators and...


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