External Policy - Cooperation
International cooperation is becoming an increasingly important part of EU audiovisual policy. It seeks to promote:
European cultures and values, outside Europe
better mutual understanding with its partners world-wide
the sharing of good practice and expertise with professionals and authorities outside the EU
a more competitive EU audiovisual industry
common solutions for preserving cultural diversity (UNESCO) in the various fora where trade related instruments are negotiated. For instance the EU is currently promoting the development of an ad-hoc framework for cultural cooperation in its future bilateral and regional trade agreements. In this context, a Protocol on Cultural Cooperation was signed with the Caribbean region in October 2008 (Protocol III to the Economic Partnership Agreement with CARIFORUM) and a Cultural Protocol with the Republic of Korea was initialled in October 2009.
Most international agreements framing the relations between the EU and its partners in the world include cooperation in the audiovisual field.
The expertise gained by the EU in the development of its internal audiovisual policy and support mechanisms motivates the interest of our partners in developing cooperation in this field.
This is an area where EU action must ensure complementarity with, and provide an added value to, the cooperation actions undertaken by the EU Member States. Thus, contacts are ongoing, to define topics and matters to be broached with our partners world-wide regarding cooperation in this field.
Examples of regional cooperation initiatives
Eastern Europe / Mediterranean / Caucasus
In the context of the Interregional Framework Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Mercosur of 1995 currently in-force, the EU is in contact with RECAM’s Secretariat to provide technical assistance based on the expertise gathered by the EU during the development of its audiovisual policy and mechanisms.
The guiding principles and objectives of MERCOSUR Audiovisual coincide substantially with those of the EU, and the development and consolidation of this project should have positive consequences for MERCOSUR's audiovisual industry, its regional integration and cultural diversity. It will contribute as well to the mutual knowledge of the cultures of the two sides and the furthering of cooperation and exchanges in the audiovisual field between the EU and MERCOSUR.