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CULT Committee in European Parliament calls for more support to European culture and creative sector

The European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education has voted on its Opinion on the implementation report on the Recovery and Resilience Facility.

FIAD welcomes the Opinion's ambition and recognition that the European film and audiovisual sector has not received the financial support it needs via recovery plans of the EU Member States.

In particular FIAD congratulates the CULT Committee for including the following aspects in its Opinion:

- Recognizing the economic weight of the sector:

Recalls that the EU cultural and creative sectors account for 4.4 % of GDP and nearly 8.7 million jobs in the EU

- Calling on Member States to increase support to the cultural and creative sector

Calls on the Member States to strategically include the topic of recovery and resilience of the cultural and creative sectors in the Council’s upcoming 2023-2026 Work Plan for Culture

- Calling for a holistic approach

Stresses the need for a holistic and determined approach with innovative and sustainable structural reforms targeting the cultural and creative, education, media, audiovisual and sports sectors at the local, regional and national levels;

Robert Heslop - Secretary General of FIAD said in a statement after the CULT Committee adopted the Opinion: "We welcome this Opinion from the CULT Committee as a first step to call on the EU Institutions and Member States to improve the financial support allocated to the European audiovisual sector, in particular theatrical distribution which was so affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. I would like to thank MEP Niklas Nienass, MEP Željana Zovko and MEP Massimiliano Smeriglio for engaging with FIAD on this Opinion."

Please find the Opinion in full here.


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