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PanEuropean AudioVisual Observatory Experts to "EF" 25 Years After: Focus on Web NewsMedia +Video OD

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03. 11. 2017.
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- PanEuropean, 41 Member-States strong (including Russia, etc), CoE's Observatory for AudioVisual works (EAVO), which was Created on 1992, when Cinema Films' production and Exports' Global Competition was Shaking the World AV Markets by a "European Cultural Exception" clause in Trade Deals, celebrating Today in Strasbourg its 25th Anniversary (1992-2017) by an Exceptional Conference at CoE's Headquarters, revealed mainly that the Focus is Now much More on Internet Digital Medias, including for Political News, as well as for Fast-Evolving "Video-on-Demand" (VOD) Web Services, as it was also Hghlighted to "Eurofora" by some among its Key Experts, with certain Topical concrete Examples :

 

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 - The Times have Gone since Long, when EAVO's Chief Economist, the experienced André Lange, (present also Today), was responding to "Eurofora" co-Founder's pioneer then Questions about New, Digital Medias, just with a Kind : - "It may Arrive soon !", and, Afterwards, with their First Mention in a Brand New, but Small, specific Chapter, placed at the Margins of EAVO's Annual Reports...

 

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 Nowadays, on the Contrary, this is Right at the Frontpage Headline News and keeps a Growing Central place : Many Key Experts' exchanges, artfully monitored during Today's Conference by EAVO's Executive Director, Suzanne Nikolchev, (an experieneced former Legal Analyst), clearly proved it :

 
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- F.ex., it's mainly the Fast Increasing Influence of various "On-Line Media News", which was a Main reason for EAVO's Exceptional Decision to Launch, for the 1st Time, a Wide-ranging, Comparative Analysis on the "Legal Framework" of "Media coverage of Elections" throughout Europe this Year 2017, considering also the Rare Fact that during 2016-2017 Many Elections (Parliamentary, Presidential, Local/Regional, Referenda, etc) were due to be organized in about 24 and 25 CoE's Member States, respectively, which is More than Half of their Total Number (47).


 - Thus, the Co-Head of the Legal Experts who Drafted that EAVO's 2017 New Report, Francisco Cabrera, speaking to "Eurofora", observed, in particular, that, while Broadcast (RadioTV) Medias were Traditionaly subject to quite Heavy Regulations, and the Print Medias (Newspapers, Magazines, etc) had Less Regulations to observe, but generally fairly Monitored, on the Contrary, Many Questions were Nowadays Raised about the various OnLine Medias, (WebNews Sites, etc, f.ex. also on so-called "Self-Regulatory" commitments, a.o.), particularly, also because of their, technically, "Global" nature :

 

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 - F.ex., during the 2017 Presidential Elections in France, where Publishing Polls is Prohibited at the Eve of the Vote, many People had a Look at relevant Polls Legally Published in Belgium, where it's allowed up to the Last Minute (as also in the UK, etc), just a "Cliq" away... Also during the Latest 2016 Parliamentary Elections in Spain, where Last-Minute Polls are Prohibited too, People were, nevertheless, bombarded by a lot of Polls Published until the Last Hours of the Vote, by a Website News located at Nearby Andorra (on the Pyrenee Mountains, between France and Spain), where they barely Masked their Electoral Estimations by a ...Colorfull Artefact which pictured each Political Party in the Colors of a ...Fruit or Flower (sic !), corresponding to its Real, Official Presentation, in a way that Everybody understood easily who was who, CoE's Officer told "Eurofora"...



+ An even More Important recent Development, particularly for the PanEuropean Audio-Visual Observatory's specific area of activities, is also the Fact that, as anOther EAVO's Expert stressed Today, the On-Line/VOD Networks of Films' Distribution, are already ByPassing the Classical, Cinema Rooms- based, Film Distribution Networks, and, since, at least for the Time being, the Overall Films' Market is rather Atonic yet, this has Provoked a much More Intense Competition, nowadays, between those 2 Networks...

++ Almost at the Same Time, EAVO's Experts have Found that, while Not Only the "Public Funding for Audio-Visual Services", but Also the "Advertising-Financed TV Market", are in "Stagnation", on the Contrary, "Pay-TV" marks, at least, a "Limited Growth", and the "Pay On-Demand AudioVisual Services" mark even a quite "Rapid Growth".

+++ EAVO's Expert for Both "Television" and "On-demand AudioVisual Services", Agnès Schneeberger, told "Eurofora" that such Issues were Discussed, Earlier Today, also by the PanEuropean body's Top Governance : its "Executive Council", which had convened at the CoE during the Morning, including in order to have a First OverLook and Debate on its foreseable Future, (i.e., practically, its ...Next 25 Years !).

 

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EAVO has already announced its intention to Focus on "Video on Demand" ("VOD", i.e. Digital/Internet Communication Technologies) and its "Impact on the Exploitation of Films", during its Annual Conferences at Cannes' International Film Festival, (which are, reportedly, Attended by a Huge and Growing Number of People) each May.

 

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++++ indeed, Despite USA's  Cinema Film Production Industry's persisting Global predominance, via "Hollywood" etc, (See Infra), the American Film Market-place appears to be Less Important than Europe's Film Market-place, annually accessible at Cannes' prestigious International Film festival, each Spring, where EAVO's Regular Presentations usually Attract a Large Audience, right "at the Heart of Global Film Industry", as EAVO's Marketing specialist, Markus Booms, boasted enthousiastically...


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Last, but Not Least, an EAVO's "Birthday Party" withOut a Film even on that Big, 25 years old, "Baby" itself, being, naturally, inconveivable, CEO Nikolchev projected, in Fine, an Original Short Film, precisely, with various CoE's Political and/or other European AudioVisual Industry, Market or Experts' groupings, presenting their Best Wishes for the Future :

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- Pictured there, was naturally, the Historic former Mayor of Strasbourg, and Long-Time f. MEP, as also former Minister of Culture, currently in charge of the Development of European and Other Big Infrastructures in this City, Catherine Trautmann, at the 1st Place : Trautmann had Already said, Earlier, to "Eurofora", that, when she had Decided to actively support the very Creation of the PanEuropean AudioVisual Observatory, Back during  the 1990ies, in fact, her Main Aim was to Boost a Strong Audio-Visual News pole in Strasbourg, Together with ARTE's Franco-German RadioTV, (the Only European RTV Media to be Head-Quartered near the EU Parliament's and CoE's main Buildings), etc., in order to Help make MEPs' work even More Attractive and Efficient, as well as Closer to European Citizens.

Something which, certainly, has Not yet been done, but Could, eventually, be achieved in the foreseable Future, if one added also a New Dimension in line with "Eurofora"s Original Project, (which could gradually Start, logically, with the Preparation of the Forthcoming, May 2019 EU Elections).

"Eurofora" has recently Highlighted that issue, also with the Director of Stasbourg University's Digital "Video-Conferences a.o. Internet Communication brand New Technologies, who appeared genuinly interested.


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EAVO is currently Chaired, during 2017, by World-Famous Film-Director, Andrei Wajda's Country : Poland, whose Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the CoE was Present at this Exceptional Conference.

 

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As well as that of France, which will Chair all the CoE on 2019, and has the Biggest Number of Screens in the EU Nowadays, closely Followed by Italy, Germany, the UK and Spain, while Poland, and afterwards the Netherlands, Sweden and the Czech Republic, also Distance the Other EU Member States.

 

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He was Joined also by his Collegue from Italy, (Comp. Supra), as well as from Denmark, (Incoming CoE's Chairman from Mid-November 2017 up to May 2018), Bulgaria (which will Chair the EU from January 2018), Switzerland, and Other European Countries.

 

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Inside the EU, France holds also the, comparatively, Biggest Share in its National AudioVisual products Market, with almost 36% of the Total, closely Followed by the UK, with about 35%, Afterwards Italy : more than 29%, Germany : about 23%, distancing Spain with 18,5%, and Russia : almost 18% too, etc.


The overall Average for all "European Films"' Market Share in the entire EU is almost 27%.


But the USA hold... about 94% of their AV Market Share, India 85%, Japan 63%, and China more than 58%, South Korea almost 56%, etc., according to EAVO's Latest available Figures..., showing that Global Competition is still Harsh...


The Extreme Counter-Example among Developed Nations, seems to be Australia and New Zeland, who hold Only ... about 9% of their Market Share !

 

 

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Former "Green-Red" German government's Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's job at the controversial Turkish pipeline "Nabucco" was denounced as "not proper", "very bad", and "incompatible with Democracy", by the new President of EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group, German Lothar Bisky, replying to an "EuroFora" question.

For once, criticism of Joschka Fischer's doings with Turkey affecting Europe, didn't come only from the Center-Right of the political spectrum, but even from his Left side : The experienced Bisky, who has been chairing all over 1993-2009 the PDS - Die Linke party :  

- "Former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer got involved in dealings with oil-gaz business in a foreign country, Turkey, and its controversial Nabucco pipeline. This raises questions about Democracy, also because of the well known problems of Human Rights violations in that country. Do you thing that this might be abused in order to cover up and close EU's eyes on Human Rights violations ?", "EuroFora" asked Bisky.

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- "Nabucco pipeline is (only) at the planning stage". And "there are some difficulties",  he observed from the start. But "'I don't want to get into the details of Nabucco pipeline, because I don't think that there is any point for it at the moment".
 
At any case,  "we  (EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group) strongly believe that Politicians should not get involved in the Energy Business, and all these commercial transactions", President Bisky declared on the Joschka Fiischer's affair.

- "We feel that it's something that shouldn't be done. It's not proper !"           

- "We don't think that it's compatible with Democracy either, and it gets politics into a very Bad track", Bisky went on to denounce.
                                                                                                                                                                        
- "EuroLeft  and "Die Linke" always spoke against that, saying that politicians should not get directly into the arms of private enterprises"

- "It is pretty bad if a former Minister takes a job f.ex. in a major Energy producer. So, it's an issue if a Minister who may have seen excellent opportunities, subsequently gets personally grasp of them, in very serious parts of the economy, once he has given up his (Government) job."

- "It doesn't really make politics in general look any better'", Bisky concluded.

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Earlier, this week in Strasbourg, other Journalists had also raised critical questions on former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's involvement in the conroversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline to the President of his own EuroParty : Kohn-Bendit of the "Greens", who, contrary to Bisky, tried to find excuses for Fischer, while criticizing his long-time partner, Schroeder for having done a similar move :

- "Shroeder was chancellor", and he "negociated" with "Russians", who gave him a job only "3 Months" after he resigned from the Government. While "Joschka Fischer", on the contrary, got a job with the controversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline only "4 Years after" he left the Government. "He didn't negociate Nabucco", so I have "no objection", Kohn Bendit claimed.

But, many Facts indicate the contrary :

Joschka Fischer was Foreign Minister in Germany from 1999 up to 2005 : I.e. from the year that EU took the controversial decision to give Turkey a "Candidate" status, until he year it started controversial "accession negotiations, (later declared "open-ended" after Sarkozy-Merkel's arrival from 2005-2007).

During that period was prepared the controversial so-called "Annan" Plan (in fact, drafted by others and attributed afterwards to the former UN SG) on Cyprus, which failed after a Popular Referendum said "No" on 2004 with a large Majoriy of 3/4 : 75%. Mainly because it was criticized for making too much concessions to the Turkish side :  Particularly by restricting Greek Cypriot Refugees' Human Right to return to their ancestral Land and/or get restitution of their Familiy Homes and private properties, usurpated by Ankara's Army since the 1974 militay invasion and continuing occupation of the northern part of Cyprus. And by weakening the Central Government, leaving to 2 "constituent States" so much powers and separate interests that more conflicts appeared inevitable, provoking the danger of a break-down in the foreseable future, with more crisis, troubles, perhaps bloodshed, etc., instead of creating an harmoniously integrated, really one federal State.

The controversial Plan was finalized on March-April 2004 at Burgenstock (Switzerland), curiously in the presence of an Envoy by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, then governed by Joschka Fischer, but in the absence of a French and not even an European Union's Envoy, contrary to what was usually practiced on similar occasions in Switzerland (fex. in 1997 at Montreux, in 2000 at Geneva, etc).

Turkey notoriously exploited the failure of the "Annan" Plan in order to convince the EU to decide to start accession Negotiations on December 2004. This provoked an unprecedented series of Institutional Crisis inside the EU, shortly afterwards, when French and Dutch People rejected, 2 popular EuroReferenda by a majority "'No" vote to the EU Constitutional Treaty on 2005, aggraveted in 2004 a Majority Abstention to EU Elections, etc., followed by the recent Irish "No", etc.

"Nabucco" Gas pipeline was notoriously planned since ..2002. It follows an even earlier idea, for an Oil pipeline Baku-Ceyhun, which started to be prepared on 1999-2001 and was meanwhile recently completed.  

So, facts indicate that what is now at stake is based on decisions made during Joschka Fischer's term as former Foreign Minister, closely interested in Turkey's controversial EU-bid.

To the point that he now practically ...switched jobs with a poliician from Turkey, (the State which pays today openly Joschka Fischer), Mr. Ozdemir, who came earlier in Germany, got fast the nationality, and became EiuroMP in a few years, continuing now as head of the "Greens" in Germany, i.e. in Joschka's former job !...

Such astonishing facts risk, unfotunately, to give to German politician Lothar Bisky's criticism of  representative Democracy a topical meaning :

 - "We (EuroLeft Group) think that what is really at stake is Democracy. It's not only about Gas Pipelines or Energy sources", President Lothar Bisky went on to add in his reply to "EuroFora"'s question on Joscka Fischer's personal interests in the controversial Turkish "Nabuco" pipeline.

Such facts, "make People get more distance from Politics. ...People had had enough, and they are fed up !".

- "That's why we (EuroParliament's "EuroLeft" Group) want to strengthen Direct Democracy in Europe. Citizens should be involved in the (EU) Decision-making. In the end of the day, it's not going to help anyone if Politicians are always taking decisions, without involving Citizens. We want to give a voice to the People of Europe. They've got to have their say in the decisions that are taken. That's one of our absolutely fixed and steadfast views. We want more Direct Democracy in Europe. That's how it can become more effective and stronger", he concluded.

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