In a recent press release, the Council of Europe notes that the European Convention for the Protection of the Audiovisual Heritage entered into force on January 1, 2008, following the fifth ratification of the treaty.
The Council elaborates in its press release that “the Convention is the first binding international instrument in this field. It builds on the compulsory legal deposit of the cinematographic works. Systematic storage and preservation of the works in film archives is a first step towards access and use by future generations.”
The Strasbourg Convention was adopted on November 8, 2001, in Strasbourg, France. The Council notes that the convention “is open for signature by the Member States, by the other States Parties to the European Cultural Convention, and by the European Community, and for accession by nonmember states.”
The diversity of cultural expression can only benefit from the implementation of the new treaty. Member States of the Council of Europe, the other States Parties to the European Cultural Convention and the European Community, and signatories to the European Convention for the Protection of Audiovisual Heritage, have among other things pledged to add a clause to the document’s preambles noting that “ Europe’s heritage reflects the cultural identity and diversity of its peoples.” The text of the Convention goes on to state “that moving image material is an integral part of European cultural heritage, and that States shall ensure that it is safeguarded and protected for posterity.”
In conclusion, the European Convention for the Protection of the Audiovisual Heritage states that its goals are “to ensure the protection of the European audiovisual heritage and its appreciation both as an art form and as a record of our past by means of its collection, its preservation and the availability of moving image material for cultural, scientific, and research purposes, in the public interest.”
To learn more, we invite you to take a look at the text of the Convention.