Magazine article Screen International

MEPs Vote for "Cultural Exception"

Magazine article Screen International

MEPs Vote for "Cultural Exception"

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The European Parliament has voted to keep culture out of EU-US trade talks.

The move seeks to exclude audiovisual services from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership "in order to protect the cultural and linguistic diversity of EU countries".

It passed with 381 in favour, 191 opposed and 19 abstentions.

Talks are set to begin next between the European Union and US that aim to increase commerce between the two economies.

Close to 5,500 directors, writers, technicians, producers, distributors, exhibitors across Europe signed a petition in favour of excluding culture from the talks. High profile names included the Dardennes, Wim Wenders,Michael Haneke, Mike Leigh, Michel Hazanavicius, Aki Kaurismaki, Stephen Frears and Pedro Almodovar.

"In Europe, cinema is part of our language, part of our culture, like painting or literature or music," Wenders stated in a press briefing in Cannes. …

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