De acordo com a notícia do Público (aqui), a Associação Portuguesa de Realizadores acusou hoje o presidente da Comissão Europeia, Durão Barroso, de ter traído “o compromisso com os Estados-membros” ao desvalorizar a defesa do sector audiovisual e cultural europeu. Em curso está a assinatura de uma petição dos realizadores para uma excepção que é inegociável.

Deixamos um excerto da petição:

“20 years ago, the common will to support creation and to promote its diversity was forged here in Europe.

Culture is at the very heart of European identity and ideals.

20 years ago, the cultural exception burst onto the international scene, leading to the recognition of a specific status for audiovisual works as they are not just goods like any others and must therefore be excluded from trade negotiations.

20 years ago, thanks to the cultural exception that emerged from the GATS agreement battle, creation and linguistic diversity were granted the right to keep on benefiting from rules aimed at protecting and supporting them.”