MEPs vote to protect the cultural exception in TTIP

Today, the European Parliament voted on its resolution on the EU-USA free trade agreement negotiations, giving its green light for talks between the EU and the USA to start, and, more importantly, asking that cultural and audiovisual services, including online services, be excluded from the negotiating mandate, in order to safeguard the “cultural exception” and protect the cultural and linguistic diversity of EU countries.

At the Culture and Education Council that took place last week (16 May), 15 Member States also signed a letter calling for the exclusion of culture and audiovisual services from the negotiations.

Read the Press Release from the European Parliament here.

Read the Press Release published by the ‘Socialists & Democrats’ group in the EP here.


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May 23, 2013, 3:51 pm
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