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MEDIA II: Training for professionals in the European audiovisual programme industry

The Council of the European Union has published its Decision on the implementation of a training programme for professionals in the European audiovisual programme industry (MEDIA II - Training). This programme will run from 1996-2000 in parallel with MEDIA II - Development and...
The Council of the European Union has published its Decision on the implementation of a training programme for professionals in the European audiovisual programme industry (MEDIA II - Training). This programme will run from 1996-2000 in parallel with MEDIA II - Development and Distribution.

The programme aims to provide professionals with the skills they need to exploit the European dimension of the audiovisual market to the full and make use of new technology. The development of businesses and projects and common entrepreneurial practices will be supported, as well as cooperation and know-how exchange through networking between partners involved in training.

As with Media II - Development and Distribution, particular attention will be paid to the specific needs of countries or regions which have a low production capacity and/or a restricted linguistic and geographical area. In addition, emphasis will be placed on developing an independent production and distribution sector and on the increased involvement of SMEs.

Community funding will be determined according to the cost and nature of each measure and recipients will normally be required to contribute at least 50% of the funding. A total amount of ECU 45 million has been ear-marked for the programme.
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