Informal Meeting of Ministers for Culture and Audiovisual in Vilnius: extracts from the press conference by the Lithuanian Presidency and the European Commission

Type: News   Reference: i-082033   Duration: 00:02:44  Lieu: Vilnius, Lithuania
End production: 02/10/2013   First transmission: 02/10/2013
The Informal Meeting of Ministers for Culture and Audiovisual Affairs hel on 02 October was one of the main events in the field of culture and audiovisual affairs organized by the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The ministers of the EU and EFTA member states were invited to exchange views in two important debates. The first of them was related to the opportunities and challenges of integrating cultural policy into wider policy agenda, the need for cultural policy change to benefit culture and the creative sectors and furthermore to enable culture and creativity to become a driving element in other policy fields. The second debate on the challenges of ensuring media freedom and pluralism in the time of the convergence of the audiovisual and media worlds addressed the impact of the changing technological environment on media pluralism, freedom of expression and access to information in the digital age. Delegations were asked to consider if an EU level response ensuring media freedom and pluralism in the digital age is needed and what this response should be in specific terms.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 SOUNDBITE (in Lithuanian) by Šarūnas Birutis, Lithuanian Minister for Culture on the agenda of the informal meeting. 00:01:08
00:01:13 General view of the speakers 00:00:04
00:01:17 Genral view of the audience 00:00:04
00:01:21 SOUNDBITE (in English) by Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda: I am worry about the situation of the media freedom and pluralism in some of our member states. NGO reports and Commission's reports only confirm my worries. The Commission is consciously confronted with calls for action and Parliament has called for action in two quite clear and recent reports so have member states and many European journalists and citizens are concern too. Recent enough to put it high on the agenda. 00:00:37
00:01:58 Cutaway (2 shots) 00:00:05
00:02:03 SOUNDBITE (in English) by Doris Pack, Chairwoman of the Committee on Culture and Education and Member of the EP: Today we spoke on digitalization of journalism which is in a way injuring investigative journalism. There is a lack of security so we should find out the way in which we are working at the European Union and in the different member states to keep it secure. 00:00:32
00:02:35 General view of the speakers 00:00:09
00:02:44 END 00:00:00
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