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Open Letter from European Cinemas to EU Leaders on upcoming free trade talks between the EU and the USA

On 14 June the Council of Ministers will decide on the European Commission’s negotiation mandate concerning a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

We strongly call upon Ministers and Heads of State to specifically exclude audiovisual services from the negotiation mandate. It is essential to not accept Trade Commissioner De Gucht’s approach of identifying certain “red lines” that are to guide the Commission in the negotiation process with a view to safeguard European culture. In reality, this approach would include culture and cinema in the negotiation process and be to their detriment.

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