Magazine article Screen International

Compromise Now Possibly on the Cards for Audiovisual Sector in EU-US Talks

Magazine article Screen International

Compromise Now Possibly on the Cards for Audiovisual Sector in EU-US Talks

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France may be stopped from using its veto to stop free-trade talks beginning soon with the US.

Until now, France's Trade Minister Nicole Bricq was planning to vote against the negotiating mandate if audiovisual services were not excluded from the negotiations.

Speaking to reporters as he arrived at the Council of Trade Ministers in Luxembourg this morning, Richard Burton [pictured], Ireland's Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, who is chairing the talks, said: "Obviously we fully realize that the audiovisual sector which is major concern to France is a hugely sensitive area. Already within the mandate, we have sought to develop a compromise that will give reassurance and protection to the sector, but we will continue to discuss in the course of the day any remaining concerns, and, as a presidency, hope to find common ground amongst member states and with the Commission."

"So, we have moved a considerable distance and hopefully we have narrowed the area of difference and that we will be able to find some compromise in that ground," Burton said. …

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