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Transatlantic partnership/cultural exception

Published on June 13, 2013
Joint communiqué issued by the Ministers of Foreign Trade and Culture

Paris, June 12, 2013

Nicole Bricq, Minister of Foreign Trade, and Aurélie Filippetti, Minister of Culture, welcome the National Assembly’s unanimous adoption today of a European resolution presented by the deputies Patrick Bloche, President of the Culture and Education Committee, and Danielle Auroi, President of the European Affairs Committee of the National Assembly.

The resolution demands respect for the cultural exception and the exclusion of audiovisual services from the negotiation mandate of the partnership agreement between the United States and the European Union at the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) which will be discussed on 14 June.

The two ministers recalled that France does not intend to compromise on this issue.

The cultural exception is a key element in the European political project.

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault emphasized to the nation’s elected representatives that, if France is not heeded by the European Commission, she will use her “right of political veto” to reject any mandate that does not respect the cultural exception.

Through this resolution, the National Assembly is adding its voice to those of the Senate and the European Parliament in supporting the government in its determination to demand respect for the cultural exception and the exclusion of audiovisual services from the negotiation mandate of the future transatlantic partnership./.

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