Haggling for film subsidies : the “cultural exception” and the Transatlantic “economic NATO”

CREDIT Oskar Karlin

Europe’s support of its creative industries is seen as an obstacle, or a vital ingredient.

For the Europeans, cinema is a form of art; for the Americans, it is just entertainment

The “film industry” has been an element of discord and miscomprehension between the EU and the US ever since the GATT agreements, which later were to form the basis of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). In spring this year, when the Transatlantic trade pact with the USA appeared to become a reality and negotiations were set to start, France even threatened to block them in order not to have the cinema sector involved in the process.

EU Member States provide an estimated €3 billion per year i...

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