Italy takes helm of European Audiovisual Observatory

Italy will hold the Presidency of the European Audiovisual Observatory in 2014. The Strasbourg-based Observatory, part of the Council of Europe, collects and distributes facts, figures and legal analysis of the audiovisual sector in Europe. Following on from last year’s Bulgarian Presidency, the 2014 Italian Presidency will be represented by Nicola Borrelli, Director General for Cinema of the Ministry of Culture, who represents Italy within the Observatory’s Executive Council.

Borrelli stated that he was looking forward to “a future – thinking Presidency” as the Observatory will lay down its strategic priorities as well as its working structure and needs for 2015- 2017 under the Italian Presidency. He hoped his country’s input would “help shape the future” of this unique information clearing house.

Looking back to 2013, Susanne Nikoltchev, Executive Director of the Observatory, paid tribute to the “steady and constant support” of Bulgaria who held the Presidency during a difficult transition period. Looking forward, she stressed that the Observatory is delighted by the prospect of working closely with this year’s Italian Presidency as this will certainly reinforce the crucial role of Italy as a member of the Observatory. Nikoltchev pointed out the “vital importance” of 2014 under the Italian Presidency as the year of the creation of the Observatory’s next three-year Action Plan for 2015-217.

The high point of the Italian Presidency in 2014 will be a public media conference to be held in Rome in June. More information will be given nearer the time. The Observatory’s Executive Council will also meet just after this conference in Rome in order to discuss an initial version of the organisation’s three-year Action Plan and budget.

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