Cultural diversity

News Releases / Speeches / Declarations

"Les institutions européennes doivent privilégier la diversité culturelle à la rentabilité "

Forum européen des Créateurs, Bruxelles, le 19 février 2003 - 2003/02/19

 Organizations representing writers, musicians, actors and artists, grouped within the European Creators’ Forum, criticise market forces, which “by responding to imperatives of profitability, pose a threat to intellectual property protection policy.” For the Creators, “This situation could have drastic consequences for cultural development and seriously jeopardise the fabric of diversity in an enlarged European Union.” To this end, they have called on Brussels to protect their rights to prevent European “cultural decay” and stated that “European institutions must defend cultural diversity against profitability and that means acknowledging the fundamental role that creators play in the economic and cultural life of Europe.” (Available in French only)