In a memo regarding the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, SACD (Société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques, France chapter) provides a brief update of the Convention. It notably addresses its inclusion in community legal systems and its implementation. It also reiterates the importance of the Convention to trade negotiations, specifically within the framework of such negotiations between the European Community and Canada. In this sense, SACD shares its concerns regarding the attitude of the EC, stating as follows:
“Trade negotiators do not feel bound by the commitments made by the European Community with regard to cultural diversity. They even appear willing to barter the broad cultural exemption Canadians want against advantages in other strategic sectors.”
Further on, SACD adds:
“The issues surrounding the negotiations between the European Union and Canada—two major defenders of cultural diversity—are crucial to the progress of the movement in favor of cultural diversity. These include:
- The credibility of the European Union and its ability to act in the field of cultural diversity in the coming years;
- The status given to culture and audiovisual media in future bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations, because their inclusion in the Canada–EU agreement would certainly create a precedent which others would follow.”
For the full text of this memo, visit the Coalition for Cultural Diversity website.