Culture ministers call for audiovisual exemptions from EU-US trade talks

Fears that the right to support cultural products through subsidies and quotas could be undermined.

A majority of culture ministers from the European Union’s member states will tomorrow (17 May) press for all issues related to television, internet and other media services to be excluded from talks on an EU-US free-trade deal. The bid for an exemption is being led by France, which fears that Europe’s ‘cultural exception’ – the right to support cultural products through subsidies and quotas – could be undermined if audiovisual services are part of talks on the transatlantic trade and investment partnership. 

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