State aid: Commission consults on future film support rules

Brussels, 14 March 2012 - The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the state aid criteria it proposes to use to assess Member States' film support schemes in future. The criteria are set out in a draft Communication, on which the Commission invites comments by 14 June 2012. The final Communication is due to be adopted by the Commission in the second half of 2012.

Joaquín Almunia, Commission Vice President in charge of competition policy, commented: "Today’s draft Communication aims to provide a workable instrument which is beneficial both for the entire European audiovisual sector and for European audiences. It builds on the input we received from the first round of public consultation and from exchanges of views with Member States and other interested parties. I look forward to interesting feedback on our proposals."

This is the second and final consultation in the process of reviewing the current state aid assessment criteria, which are due to expire by 31 December 2012 at the latest. The draft Communication is intended to create a level playing field between Member States and to encourage cross-border productions, taking advantage of the internal market rules. It should ensure that European audiences are offered a more culturally diverse choice of audiovisual works.