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Draft Council Resolution on culture and the multimedia

The Council of the European Union has published a draft Resolution on culture and the multimedia which calls for a number of measures to be taken in this area at European level.

The main objectives of the European Union in the field of culture are to help improve the knowledg...
The Council of the European Union has published a draft Resolution on culture and the multimedia which calls for a number of measures to be taken in this area at European level.

The main objectives of the European Union in the field of culture are to help improve the knowledge and dissemination of the culture and history of the European peoples, safeguard and preserve Europe's cultural heritage and encourage cultural exchanges and artistic creation.

The emergence of the information society will increase public access to information generally and the Council sees this as an exceptional opportunity for developing a programming industry whose content takes account of Europe's cultural and linguistic richness and diversity and opens up this extraordinary heritage to a wider audience. Steps must, however, be taken to ensure that new technologies are used to the best advantage in this context and that the cultural multimedia market is developed in a coherent and coordinated manner.

The Council is keen to encourage the circulation and exchange of information between cultural institutions on the basis of common cultural and scientific interests, through networking and to ensure that high-quality training courses are established to encourage the creation of works suited to the whole range of uses and users.

The Council's draft Resolution, therefore, proposes that:

- Attention should be devoted to drafting good practice guides and model contracts which may be used by cultural institutions for exploiting their collections;
- Appropriate international standards should be established, on the basis of the work already initiated by the ISO;
- The Commission should prepare a report on the situation of the cultural multimedia market and on Community measures already under way in this field, with particular attention to technical standards and training for the new multimedia professions;
- The Commission should set up an expert working group to examine the technical and legal conditions governing co-production and the networking of cultural institutions, including intellectual property rights issues;
- The Commission should examine measures which could be taken to support activities in this field.
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