The Observatory’s Three Year Action Plan (2012-2014) has
recently been adopted by the Executive Council. It stipulates
the strengthening of the on-line presence of the Observatory through
a completely revamped website, the reinforcement
of the data collection on on-demand audiovisual services (VoD,
catch-up TV, connected TV) and the continuation
of extensive reporting on the evolution
of audiovisual legislation, in particular on topics
related to new technologies.
Wolfgang Closs, the Observatory’s Executive
Director, stated that 2012 would be marked by three major workshops
all conveying a strong 20th anniversary message: the annual Observatory
afternoon at the Cannes film market, a workshop in Sarajevo in
June and ending with an autumn workshop in the Observatory’s
home town of Strasbourg. Closs concluded that, in spite of the
current economic climate, the Observatory is going “from
strength to strength”, currently providing information on
37 European countries and engaging in new projects such as collaborating
on the data collection initiative for the Mediterranean countries
with the Euromed Audiovisual III Programme of the European Union.
Closs added that the increasing demand for reliable information
on the new technologies and their implications for Europe’s
legislation in the audiovisual field meant that the Observatory’s
role as a central information source is as pertinent as ever.
Speaking as the new President of the Observatory for 2012, Kemal
Huseinovic pointed out that the Observatory’s newest
Member country, Bosnia and Herzegovina, was proud to be presiding
over its anniversary year. He hoped that European film and television
professionals would show increased interest in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s
audiovisual industries thanks to information made available by
The Observatory will announce the dates and themes of the three
workshops in the course of the coming year.
Director General of Communications Regulatory Agency