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“An historical and decisive step forward for preserving cultural identities and stimulating creativity,” according to the French culture and communications minister

In a press release dated December 19, 2006, the French culture and communications minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres said: “The ratification of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression by the European Commission and Member States, including France, is an historical and decisive step forward for preserving cultural identities and stimulating creativity.” The minister was pleased “that Europe has shown the way forward and that this international convention now coming into force will allow culture to grow not only in Europe, but throughout the world.”

In a separate statement, the French culture and communications minister stressed that “the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression will provide a legal framework across Member States for the defence and promotion of local cultural identities.”

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