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)