Parliament has proposed only minor changes to the Television without Frontiers (TVWF) directive, in a report on promoting works made in Europe and by independent producers.
The Parliament’s report notes that:
- over the reference period analysed in the Commission’s report, the proportion of independent productions has declined by 3.48% over four years;
- independent audits have shown that discrepancies among methods of implementing and interpreting the provisions of TVWF make it impossible to give an accurate picture of the situation;
- there is an urgent need to analyse figures from the EU-15;
- central terms of Articles 4 and 5 like “European content” and “independent producer” still aren’t unambiguously defined.
Other than that, the Parliament had very little criticism of the Commission communication, which may be interpreted as a signal that Parliament might oppose any attempts at major changes when it comes to revising the TVWF directive later this year.
There have been rumours of an all-around redrafting of the Directive being in the making, including among other things the inclusion of internet-based TV. Commissioner Barrot, replacing Commissioner Reding in the 6 September 2005 Parliament session, becalmed MEPs, saying the Commission wanted nothing more than to adjust existing rules to structural changes, without changing principles underlying the present TVWF directive.