20 December 2012 – The European Commission published today a press release highlighting the findings of the 3rd Implementation Report on the Film Heritage Recommendation 2005. Commissioner Neelie Kroes is concerned by the fact that only 1,5% of European film heritage is digitised and accessible to the public: « It is ridiculous that our film heritage is invisible in the 21st century. Culture is the heart of Europe, and film is at the heart of future. I am determined to bring this film legacy online and will make a proposal in 2013 that helps Member States and stakeholders to join forces to get films online. » Identified obstacles to digitisation include scarce national and private funding and the complexity of rights clearance.
Read the official press release (all EU languages)