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UKCCD is relaunching its website offering key updates on initiatives, legislation and cultural policy affecting UK’s cultural sectors. Crucially, we are monitoring the transposition of regulatory frameworks, essential to sustain local culture, which UK has benefitted from in the EU.

We also track actions to sustain the arts in the post-Covid reality, and defend our cultural institutions, including particularly public service broadcasting and the BBC.

To keep updated with most recent news from the Arts and Culture world in the UK and EU, refer also to our blogs.

We welcome Gaja Gazdic, Digital Communications Consultant, who joins our team to facilitate with strategy for effective communication and steering of key information.

2020 PSB submission to DCMS Select Committee

UKCCD has submitted its response, on May 6 2020, to the DCMS Select Committee consultation on the future of public service broadcasting. A strong Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) is essential for citizen’s interests in the digital environment and all providers of audio-visual works on-line, wherever they are based, should contribute to sustain it.
Any change to the BBC’s financing or institutional structure should be overseen by an independent, politically neutral body. Read the full submission to the DCMS here.

ECCD letter to Commissioner Mariya Gabriel

The European Coalitions for Cultural Diversity stated in mid-March 2020 that the “Covid-19 crisis will have a very adverse impact on EU cultural diversity.” The ECCD wrote a letter (see below) to Commissioner Gabriel calling for:

  1. National governments to adopt emergency measures that specifically and adequately support the sustainability of all actors of the cultural ecosystems: from the larger actors to individual creators and creative workers.
  2. Part of the € 37 billion from the “Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative” should be available to the cultural sector with the objective of protecting EU cultural diversity.
  3. As the EU MFF budget negotiations continue, the EU institutions have to assess the importance of the cultural sector and the need stronger and much better endowed funds for Culture.

Full letter to the Commissioner here.

French Film Directors and Producers welcome President Macron’s speech in favour of cultural sovereignty

The Association of French Film Realisateurs/Producteurs (ARP) have warmly welcomed President Macron’s recent commitment to cultural sovereignty. ARP calls for the immediate transposition of the 2018 EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive and the 2019 Copyright directive into French law. This way they say will best reinforce the diversity and independence of French and European creation

Furthermore they call for a far greater protection for the French/European film archive that could be better exploited abroad. Stronger public service broadcasting and the fight against piracy should also be top of the political agenda, ARP says.