The Council of Europe has published Recommendation CM/Rec(2009)7 from the Committee of Ministers to Member States on national film policies and the diversity of cultural expressions. The text’s introduction mentions, among other things, that:
“The Committee of Ministers, under the terms of Article 15.b of the Statute of the Council of Europe …
Considering the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (Paris, October 20, 2005), which recognizes cultural diversity as a defining characteristic of humanity and strives to strengthen the creation, production, dissemination, distribution, and enjoyment of cultural expressions ...
Affirming, in the spirit of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, that film has both an economic and a cultural nature, so that making a distinction between cultural films and commercial films is neither possible nor desirable ...
Recommends that governments of Member States:
a. Use every available means in accordance with their constitutions and their national, regional, or local circumstances to take into account the principles and implement the measures set out in the appendix to this recommendation with respect to the development of their film policies.
b. Bring this recommendation to the attention of the relevant public and private bodies in their countries through the appropriate national channels.
c. Use the existing Council of Europe cultural policy information tools to follow up on this recommendation, including knowledge transfer and the exchange of good practice.
d. Reinforce the positive impact of the European Convention on Cinematographic Coproduction, the goal of which is to foster transnational cooperation in the cinema sector by reviewing this instrument with the view of ensuring its long term effectiveness.
e. Cooperate in the framework of the Council of Europe and, where appropriate, with other international organizations with common objectives and goals in the cultural field, in particular in the audiovisual field.”
The full document, including the annex to the recommendation, is available from the Council of Europe website.