Contribute to the debate on the importance of the cultural industries for local and regional development
Impact: With regard to information relating to the audiovisual industry and media technologies and markets, the opinion on "Opportunities and Challenges for European Cinema in the Digital Era"[ CdR 293/2010. Rapporteur: Malcolm Mifsud (MT/EPP).] highlighted the importance of the cultural industries for local and regional development.
The European Parliament's resolution of 16 November 2011 on European cinema in the digital era (P7_TA(2011)0506)includes various ideas expressed in this opinion, considering in particular that "local and regional governing bodies are key entities in defending and promoting European cultural heritage, in particular the digitisation of films and cinemas, and therefore constitute fundamental partners in the digitisation process".
The European Commission [44th Report of the EC on follow up of the CoR opinions] has also stated that it would like to encourage exchanges of good practice, cooperation and the creation of networks between the regions and all interested stakeholders, which also include the national and local authorities, cinematographic commissions and agencies, groups of cinema operators, distributors, producers and ticket agents.
The growing role of the Committee in the field of the digital agenda was underlined by the fact that the European Commission asked the Committee to organise the 2012 Annual Digital Agenda Assembly, bringing together the major stakeholders in the field at the Committee's headquarters on 21-22 June 2012.
THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS
- recognises that the cultural industries strongly contribute to local and regional development by making European regions more attractive, developing sustainable tourism and creating new employment opportunities;
- considers that a number of small cinemas are at risk of disappearing as they face tough financial burdens and calls for collaboration to ensure the preservation of European cultural heritage and the protection the cinema industry;
- emphasises the need to consider both the economic and the cultural role of cinema. The cinema sector is an industry that is of major importance for development, competitiveness and employment. It also plays a crucial role in safeguarding and promoting local and regional cultural identity and diversity. The nature of the sector also makes it a key factor in the development of Europe social values and the functioning of democratic societies, since audiovisual works can play an important role in forming a European identity;
- stresses that the transition to digital offers new opportunities to connect different regions in Europe as they exchange audiovisual works and explore new ways of creating links and exchanging content. This transition may provide an opportunity to attract new audiences, take advantage of alternative content, provide new services and give more visibility to content from various regions.