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Commission proposal on development and distribution of European audiovisual works (MEDIA II)

The European Commission has published its proposal for a Council Decision on a programme to promote the development and distribution of European audiovisual works (MEDIA II - Development and Distribution).

The programme, which will run for five years from 1 January 1996 to 20...
The European Commission has published its proposal for a Council Decision on a programme to promote the development and distribution of European audiovisual works (MEDIA II - Development and Distribution).

The programme, which will run for five years from 1 January 1996 to 2000, is aimed at strengthening the European audiovisual industry, particularly in the areas of development and distribution.

The aims of the programme are as follows:

- As regards development:

. To promote the development of production projects aimed at the European and world market and to support companies capable of developing such projects;
. To develop production projects that make use of new creative techniques and to support companies capable of developing such projects;

- As regards distribution:

. To encourage European distributors to invest in cinema film production and to set up cross-border structures to distribute the films;
. To encourage television companies to cooperate in investing in the projection of works aimed at the European and world market and to set up cross-border structures to transmit those works;
. To support linguistic diversity of programmes;
. To stimulate access to commercial events promoting European productions, in particular independent ones.

An Annex to the proposal describes the measures necessary to achieve these objectives.

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