Meeting between José Manuel Barroso and a delegation of film directors: statement
Strasbourg - EP/Louise Weiss
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, made statement to the press after his meeting with a delegation of European film directors on 11 June 2013 in Strasbourg.
He explained the position of the European Commission to guarantee the protection of culture in the trade negotiations with the United States.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, (in ENGLISH) saying that in the mandate that the EC has proposed to the Member States, it is clear that cultural diversity is excluded; at the same time, they believe it would be a mistake to exclude, from the beginning, all the audiovisual sector; they believe it would be better to put all the sectors in negotiation; but the cultural sector will be protected because the cultural exception is not negotiable and culture will not be bargained; because the cultural goods are different from other goods; so it makes sense that the EU Member States have special rules of protection for cultural goods; this is the position of the European Commission; saying that he understands that it is a sensitive issue for the film directors, the artists; the point he wanted to clarify with them is that the EC is in favour of cultural diversity and wants it to be recognised by the American partners in the negotiations.
||Soundbite by a journalist (in FRENCH) asking José Manuel Barroso to say a few words in French
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in FRENCH) repeating the message he conveyed to the European film directors: cultural exception is not negotiable, cultural goods are different from other goods, the EC will not bargain on culture; it would be a mistake to exclude, from the beginning, all the audiovisual sector; the EC would like to have all the sectors in negotiation because they believe that there are areas in the audiovisual sector where the EU has an interest in negotiating with the Americans; saying that there are very clear boundaries in the mandate; the EC will not cross these boundaries and they will always be guaranteed because, in the cultural sector, the unanimity among Member States is required to have an agreement with a partner as well as the support of the EP; so these safeguards are sufficient to ensure cultural exception; but there are sensitivities in an area that is a great resource for Europe.
||Soundbite by a journalist (in FRENCH) asking a question to José Manuel Barroso on the cultural exception
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in FRENCH) answering the question on the cultural exception saying that it is in the mandate with the aim to clarify to avoid bargaining on it
||Soundbite by a journalist (in FRENCH) asking a question to José Manuel Barroso on the red lines
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in FRENCH) on the presence of red lines in the mandate proposed to Member States and on the fact that Europe should be proud of its culture, its cinema, its diversity, its languages and the EC supports very much these values.