Archive pour la catégorie ‘Culture - Media’

The Parlementarium celebrates 100 days successfully.

Mercredi 25 janvier 2012

Over 64,000 visitors interested in how the EU and Parliament work have experienced the Parlamentarium since Europe’s largest parliamentary visitors centre opened 100 days ago. The European Parliament’s visitors centre allows children and adults to discover Europe’s history and how the decisions that influence our daily lives are made in a modern and interactive way.

Parlamentarium opened to the public on 14 October and has gained popularity as a Brussels attraction. It is ranked among the top things to do in Brussels on the “Tripadvisor” travel information site.

The visit is accessible in the 23 official EU languages, with sign language in English, French, German and Dutch. Admission is free, it is open seven days a week and the centre is fully accessible to visitors with special needs. It also offers a role play game in which students can step into an MEP’s shoes.

Charlemagne Youth Prize 2012

Mardi 24 janvier 2012

The deadline for the submission of applications has been postponed to 13th February.

Role models for young Europeans

The Charlemagne Youth Prize, which is jointly organised by the European Parliament and the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen, is awarded to projects undertaken by people between 16 and 30 years old and helping to promote understanding between peoples of different European countries. The winning projects should serve as role models for young people living in Europe and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community. Youth exchange programmes, artistic and Internet projects with a European dimension are amongst the projects selected.

Total prize money of 10,000 Euros

The three winning projects will be awarded funding of €5,000, €3,000, and €2,000 respectively. They will also be invited to visit the European Parliament. Representatives of the best projects from each of the 27 EU Member States will be invited to Aachen, in Germany, on 15th May 2012, to participate in the award ceremony.

2011 winners

In 2011, the UK online lifestyle magazine “Europe & Me” created by young Europeans for young Europeans in 2007 was awarded the first prize in the European Charlemagne Youth Prize competition. The second and third prize went to “Balkans Beyond Borders”, a short-film project from Greece, and to the “Escena Erasmus Project” (Spain), a project addressed mainly to Erasmus students, encouraging cultural and linguistic exchanges, respectively.

Application forms, which are easily filled in, are available in 22 languages on the European Parliament’s Charlemagne Youth Prize website

And the European Border Breakers Awards go to…

Jeudi 12 janvier 2012

Selah Sue receives public choice award

The winners of the 2012 European Border Breakers Awards (”the EBBAs”), which highlight the best new music acts in Europe who have achieved cross-border chart success, were honoured this evening at the Eurosonic Noorderslag music festival in Groningen (The Netherlands). The biggest winner of the night was Belgian star Selah Sue, who scooped the public choice award, which was announced live during the ceremony following an online vote to select the ‘best of the best’. Her debut soul-funk-ragga album, called Selah Sue, was a top 10 hit in Belgium, France and the Netherlands.

The award ceremony featured performances by six of the ten EBBA winners: Boy (Germany), Anna Calvi (UK), Agnes Obel (Denmark), James Vincent McMorrow (Ireland), Elektro Guzzi (Austria), as well as Selah Sue herself. Alexandra Stan (Romania) was also present to collect her award. Swedish House Mafia (Sweden), Ben l’Oncle Soul (France) and Afrojack (Netherlands) sent video messages.

Hosted by TV personality Jools Holland, the event was broadcast live via YouTube and will be screened on TV throughout Europe in the coming weeks.

Now in their ninth year, the EBBAs aim to encourage artists to make the most of the Single Market by reaching out to new audiences beyond their home country. The awards receive €350 000 in co-funding from the European Commission’s Culture Programme and are organized by Eurosonic Noorderslag, in partnership with the European Broadcasting Union.

From Warsow with love

Lundi 2 janvier 2012

The calendar year ended. As usual, the rotating presidency of the EU Council has changed hands. While the Poles say goodbye, the Danes took place for the first half of 2012.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends,

Everything good must eventually have its finale, and the six months of the first Polish Presidency of the European Union Council is finally coming to an end. For 184 days we have tried to serve the European Union and its citizens. Our holding of the Presidency came at a difficult time and one full of challenges, and we hope that we have been able to fulfil this task.

We would like to thank you sincerely for the interest and trust that you have bestowed on us by visiting the official website of the Presidency and the good will you have shown. We express our gratitude for your support and commitment, as well as for your criticism and activity.

The year that is now coming to an end has been important for Europe. In the New Year wish all of you optimism and solidarity, and also what is expressed in the motto of our Presidency: ‘More Europe in Europe’.

Now the presidency of the EU Council passes to our friends from Denmark. And we guarantee - you can count on us. Good luck! I kan regne med os. Held og lykke!

Thank you and best regards,

The team of the Polish Presidency

And the European Capitals of Culture for 2012 are …

Lundi 2 janvier 2012

Two European Capitals of Culture were designated in 2012: Guimarães and Maribor. Discover these two cities, respectively Portuguese and Slovenian!

Guimarães (Portugal) and Maribor (Slovenia) take over the title of European Capitals of Culture 2012 on 1 January. Both cities have a busy calendar of events planned for the year, with the aim of showcasing themselves to the world and building a lasting legacy for their citizens. The official programme of events begins on 13 January in Maribor and 21 January in Guimarães.

The official launch of Maribor 2012 will take place over the weekend of 13-15 January, with music, theatre and dance performances. Numerous and varied cultural events, combining traditional and innovative approaches, from carnival to contemporary dance, are planned throughout the year. Young audiences will be a particular focus of the events.

Guimarães will open its festivities on Saturday 21 January with a theatre and multimedia open-air show. Its programme for the year focuses on four themes: City, Community, Thought and Arts.

Representatives from Tallinn (Estonia) and Turku (Finland), the 2011 European Capitals of Culture, will attend the launch events in both cities to pass over the baton to the 2012 Capitals.


Organisation and funding of the European Capitals of Culture are principally the responsibility of the cities and Member States concerned.

The European Commission has contributed with a €1.5 million grant to each city. Known as the Melina Mercouri Prize after the Greek Culture Minister who inspired the initiative, the grant is awarded on the basis that the city’s cultural programme meets three criteria: it highlights the European dimension, fosters the participation of the public, and is an integral part of the long-term cultural and social development of the city.

The European Capital of Culture title is an excellent opportunity for cities to improve or even transform their image, to put themselves on the world map, and rethink their development through culture. The title has a long-term impact, not only on culture but also in social and economic terms, both for the city and for the surrounding region. For example, a study has shown that the number of tourists staying for at least one night increased by 12% on average compared with the year before the city held the title; this figure was as high as 25% for Liverpool in 2008 and Sibiu (Romania) in 2007.

The current rules and conditions for hosting the title are set out in a 2006 decision (1622/2006/EC) of the European Parliament and Council of Ministers.

Following Guimarães and Maribor in 2012, the future European Capitals of Culture will be Marseille (France) and Košice (Slovakia) in 2013, Umeå (Sweden) and Riga (Latvia) in 2014, and Mons (Belgium) and Plzeň (Czech Republic) in 2015.

The European Commission selects the Capitals of Culture for 2017

Jeudi 22 décembre 2011

Nicosia and Paphos are competing for the title of European Capital of Culture 2017

The selection panel appointed to assess the cities applying to be European Capital of Culture in 2017 has recommended that Nicosia and Paphos are preselected as the Cypriot contenders for the 2017 title. The panel’s decision was announced in Cyprus today by Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. The preselected cities will now flesh out and complete their applications by next summer for the second and final selection round.

In accordance with the Decision of the European Parliament and Council of Ministers which sets the criteria for the European Capital of Culture event (1622/2006/EC), Cyprus and Denmark are the two Member States entitled to host a European Capital of Culture for 2017.

Cyprus invited applications from interested cities at the end of 2010. Three cities applied: Nicosia, Limassol and Paphos.

The selection panel meeting in Denmark took place on 25 November, with the panel recommending Aarhus and Sønderborg be preselected for the title.

The selection panel which makes the pre-selection recommendation consists of 13 members, seven appointed by the European institutions and six by the Member State concerned. The members selected by the European institutions are:

- Appointed by the European Commission: Manfred Gaulhofer (Austria), Director-General of Graz 2003 and manager of many European projects; Sir Jeremy Isaacs (UK), television producer and former director of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.

- Appointed by the Council: Erna Hennicot-Schoepges (Luxembourg), former Minister for Culture, MEP and member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, currently chairwoman of many national and international cultural organisations; Constantin Chiriac (Romania), former vice-chairman of Sibiu 2007 and currently director of the national theatre Radu Stanca.

- Appointed by the European Parliament: Andreas Wiesand (Germany), consultant and researcher in cultural policy; Danuta Glondys (Poland), director of the Villa Decius Association and of many other activities in the field of international culture.

- Appointed by the Committee of the Regions: Elisabeth Vitouch (Austria), a member of the Committee of the Regions’ Commission for Culture and local councillor in Austria.

The process for designating the European Capitals of Culture involves two selection rounds: a preselection, in which a shortlist of candidate cities is drawn up, and a final selection round nine months later. The two selected cities are then officially named by the Council of Ministers of the EU.

Future European Capital of Culture
Following Turku (Finland) and Tallinn (Estonia) this year, the next Capitals of Culture will be Guimarães (Portugal) and Maribor (Slovenia) in 2012, followed by Marseille (France) and Košice (Slovakia) in 2013, Umeå (Sweden) and Riga (Latvia) in 2014, then Mons (Belgium) and Plzeň (Czech Republic) in 2015.

The “roaming” on the radar of the European Parliament

Mercredi 21 décembre 2011

The goal is for Parliament to reduce prices and promote competition for communications made ​​abroad.

Ms Niebler backs the two-track approach proposed by the European Commission in July 2011, i.e. to set new caps on retail prices (charged to clients) and wholesale prices (split between operators) as of 1 July 2012 on one hand, and to introduce structural measures to boost competition on the other..
One proposed “structural” solution would be to require operators to offer clients domestic and international roaming services separately, so that they are able to choose a different supplier of roaming services if they so wish, with effect from July 2014.
The new retail and wholesale price caps proposed by Mrs Niebler go beyond those proposed by the European Commission.

Reducing roaming prices
According to Tony Shortall, Director at Telage, a telecoms consultancy, the structural problem is at the wholesale level: wholesale costs are extremely high and must drop significantly.

Boosting competition
Emmanuel Forest, of Bouygues Telecom, argued that the “structural” solution, i.e. enabling clients to buy roaming services separately, would be complex and probably inefficient in terms of competition, because the costs of doing so would be higher for smaller operators.
He suggested that an alternative solution would be to oblige operators to offer customers a genuine European tariff, close to domestic prices.
However, Jacques Bonifay, of Transatel, warned that setting roaming price caps too low would reduce competition.

Transparency and consumer protection
Industry Committee rapporteur Angelika Niebler also backed an amendment proposed by Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee rapporteur Eija-Riita Korhola (EPP, FI), that would require operators to notify customers when they approach a €50 “safety cap” on roaming charges.

Lundi 5 décembre 2011

Melancholia received the award for best European film. In the other main award categories, Susanne Bier was named as best European Director, Colin Firth as best European Actor, and Tilda Swinton as best European Actress. In addition, The King’s Speech received the People’s Choice Award for Best European Film and Stephen Frears was honoured with the European Film Academy’s lifetime achievement award. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne took the award for European Scriptwriter.

17 out of the 24 nominated films at the awards received support totalling more than €7.5 million from the MEDIA programme for production and distribution. Overall, the MEDIA programme is contributing €755 million for Europe’s film and audiovisual industry in the period 2007-2013, with a focus on improving distribution and strengthening competitiveness.

Last week, the European Commission put forward its budget proposal for 2014-2020, which envisages €900 million in support of the cinema and audiovisual sector as part of the Commission’s new ‘Creative Europe’ programme (see IP/11/1399).

The European Film Awards are organized by the European Film Academy.

- LE GAMIN AU VELO (The Kid with a Bike), directed by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne (countries of production: Belgium/France/Italy)
- HÆVNEN (In a Better World), Susanne Bier (Denmark)
- THE KING’S SPEECH, Tom Hooper (UK)
- LE HAVRE, Aki Kaurismäki(Finland/France/Germany)
- MELANCHOLIA, Lars von Trier (Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany)

- Susanne Bier for HÆVNEN (In a Better World)
- Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne for LE GAMIN AU VELO
- Aki Kaurismäki for LE HAVRE
- Béla Tarr for A TORINOI LO (The Turin Horse)
- Lars von Trier for MELANCHOLIA

- Kirsten Dunst in MELANCHOLIA
- Cécile de France in LE GAMIN AU VELO (The Kid with a Bike)
- Charlotte Gainsbourg in MELANCHOLIA

- Colin Firth in THE KING’S SPEECH
- Mikael Persbrandt in HÆVNEN (In a Better World)
- Michel Piccoli in HABEMUS PAPAM
- André Wilms in LE HAVRE

- Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne for LE GAMIN AU VELO
- Anders Thomas Jensen for HÆVNEN (In a Better World)
-Aki Kaurismäki for LE HAVRE
- Lars von Trier for MELANCHOLIA

- Manuel Alberto Claro for MELANCHOLIA
- Fred Kelemen for A TORINOI LO (The Turin Horse)

- Tariq Anwar for THE KING’S SPEECH
- Mathilde Bonnefoy for DREI (Three)
- Molly Malene Stensgaard for MELANCHOLIA

- Paola Bizzarri for HABEMUS PAPAM
- Antxón Gómez for LA PIEL QUE HABITO (The Skin I Live in)
- Jette Lehmann for MELANCHOLIA

- Alexandre Desplat for THE KING’S SPEECH
- Alberto Iglesias for LA PIEL QUE HABITO (The Skin I Live in)
- Mihály Vig for A TORINOI LO (The Turin Horse)

- MICHAEL, Austria by Markus Schleinzer
- SMUKKE MENESKER (Nothing’s All Bad), by Mikkel Munch-Fals
- TILVA ROŠ, Serbia by Nikola Ležaić

- PINA, Germany by Wim Wenders

- LE CHAT DU RABBIN (The Rabbi’s Cat), France directed by Antoine Delesvaux & Joann Sfar
- CHICO & RITA, Spain/Isle of Man by Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal & Fernando Trueba
- UNE VIE DE CHAT (A Cat in Paris), France/Belgium by Jean-Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol

European Commission launches its program for Earth observation

Mercredi 30 novembre 2011

The Commission has proposed a budget outside the financial framework of the EU of 5.8 billion euros for GMES

The Commission proposes to set up a specific GMES fund similar to the model chosen for the European Development Fund, with financial contributions from all 27 EU Member States based on their gross national income (GNI). This will require an intergovernmental agreement between the EU Member States meeting within the Council. The programme will be coordinated by the Commission and its financial management could be delegated to the Global Navigation Satellite System Agency (GSA).

GMES – The European tool to contribute to security, fight against climate change and to boost competitiveness

With its “Sentinel” satellites GMES provides information which allows a better understanding of how and in what way our planet may be changing while monitoring the state of the environment on land, at sea and in the atmosphere. Mitigating climate change, responding to emergencies, insuring a better border control, improving the security and alerting citizens if air quality gets bad are activities that depend on precise and timely information on our Earth. GMES is delivering the necessary data, including maps for emergency operations, monitoring of climate change parameters, of ocean and sea temperature or chemical composition of the atmosphere. GMES is also relevant for improving security for citizens, such as border surveillance and fight against piracy and organised crime.

According to a cost benefit analysis, GMES is expected to deliver benefits worth at least twice the costs of investments for the period up to 2020 and four times the costs up to 2030. It represents a huge potential for economic growth and job creation with the development of innovative services and commercial applications in the downstream sector.

The European dimension of GMES leads to economies of scale, facilitates common investment in large infrastructures, fosters coordination of efforts and observation networks, enables harmonisation and inter-calibration of data, and provides the necessary impetus for the emergence of world-class centres of excellence in Europe.

Harmonisation and standardisation of the geospatial information at EU level is a major challenge for the implementation of a wide range of Union policies. Many areas of environmental concern – such as climate change mitigation and adaptation policies – require thinking globally and acting locally. With GMES, the EU is ensuring its autonomous access to reliable, traceable and sustainable information on environment and security, contributes through the GEOSS international initiative (Global Earth Observation System of Systems) to build global observational datasets and information and increases its influence in international negotiations and treaties such as the three Rio Conventions, the post-Kyoto Treaty, and other bilateral or multilateral agreements. GMES is recognised as the European contribution to building the Global Earth Observation System of Systems, developed within the framework of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO).

The Commission indicated that given the limits of the EU budget, it was proposed to fund GMES over 2014-2020 outside the multi-annual financial framework. Nevertheless, the Commission is still committed to ensuring the success of GMES, and in this context, today’s communication will launch the debate with the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee, and the Committee of the Regions on the future of the GMES programme.

The European Commission requires the implementation of its digital strategy

Jeudi 24 novembre 2011

16 Member States have still not transposed the legislation

Partial implementation of the EU Telecoms rules limit consumers’ rights in these 16 Member States. The new rules give EU customers new rights regarding fixed telephony, mobile services and Internet access. For instance, the right to switch telecoms operators in one day without changing their phone number and the right to clarity about data traffic management practices employed by Internet Service Providers. There is now also better protection of privacy and personal data online (see IP/11/622 , MEMO/11/319 , MEMO/11/320 and MEMO/11/321 ).

The Commission’s requests today take the form of reasoned opinions. Member States which do not fully implement the new laws risk referral to the EU’s Court of Justice and potential financial penalties. The 16 Member States are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Spain.


To implement the new rules in full, Member States need to implement two new EU Directives into national law: t he Better Regulation Directive and the Citizens’ Rights Directive, which together amended five different existing EU Directives (Framework Directive, Access Directive, Authorisation Directive, Universal Service Directive and e-Privacy Directive). However, while legislative processes are ongoing in all EU Member States and a majority of them have informed the Commission of some implementation measures, only seven countries (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Malta, Sweden and the UK) met the 25 May 2011 deadline for full implementation.

Therefore, in July 2011, the Commission wrote to 20 Member States requesting further information on implementation (see IP/11/905 ). Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, and the Slovak Republic have since notified full implementation to the Commission.