One of the European Union's tasks is to ensure
the necessary conditions are in place for Community industries to
(Article 157 of the Treaty).
The cultural industries, including cinema and the
audiovisual media, publishing, the craft industry and music, are
an important source of jobs, as approximately seven million Europeans
work in the field of culture; they are also vehicles of cultural
identity and diversity. This is why the Community takes the cultural
aspects of these industries into account when implementing its actions
(Article 151 of the Treaty).
The EU has set up support programmes for certain
cultural industries to encourage them to develop a structure and
to grasp the new opportunities offered by the single market and
The Union is also striving to create an environment conducive to
the development of these industries so that they can benefit from
the results of research, easier access to funding, an encouraging
regulatory environment, and the advantages of cooperation both within
the Union and with third countries.
A competition-friendly environment
Cultural industries in third countries