ERC warns that if the 6% quota is not met, it will not support the Audiovisual Law


Audiovisual Law

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Calviño alleges that state regulations “cannot contradict European regulations” and Rufián assures that European regulations allow and “invite member states to protect audiovisual production and linguistic diversity.” United We Can is “closer to no than yes.”

Republican Left (ERC) has announced its rejection of the drafting of the Audiovisual Law approved this Tuesday by the Council of Ministers and speaks of “traps” of the PSOE for not fulfilling its agreement of a week ago; that is, to draft a law that contemplates and guarantees that audiovisual platforms offer at least 6% of their content in the co-official languages ​​of each community, Basque, Catalan and Galician.

The 6% share of content in these languages ​​was introduced in extremis in the Audiovisual Communication law as a result of a pact between the Government of Spain and ERC in the framework of the negotiations to obtain the support of the nationalists to approve the general budgets for 2022.

But, as it became known yesterday afternoon, international platforms such as Netflix, HBO Max, Disney + or Prime Video will not have to comply with the requirement to offer 6% of their content in Basque, Catalan or Galician, because their headquarters are located outside the Spanish State.

The First Vice President of the Government and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Nadia Calvin, has assured this Wednesday that the Executive is “very open” to negotiate the Audiovisual Law with the parliamentary groups in Congress, but has warned that the norm “cannot contradict European regulations”.

In this regard, the ERC spokesperson in Congress Gabriel Ruffian has responded that “European regulations invite the member states to protect audiovisual production and linguistic diversity that is derived from it in all the Member States and we have seen that it has been done in other countries, such as France, Germany, Belgium. “The spokesman has assured that to say that Spain cannot legislate on these companies is” to deceive. “

The parliamentary spokesman for the independence party has reported that they have requested an “urgent meeting” with the PSOE to address this issue and has warned that it is not smart for the Government to “touch their noses” with the issue of co-official languages. He has also warned that this attitude may have consequences for negotiation of upcoming laws or for the approval of the General State Budgets, currently in the Senate. “All the scenarios are open,” he said.

In a statement, ERC indicates that the Audiovisual Law project approved by the Council of Ministers “is incomplete e insufficient and it does not respond to what Catalan and the audiovisual sector of Catalonia need “, so it does not intend to approve it if it is not modified.

Rufián has stressed that either the norm “protects audiovisual production in Catalan, Galician and Basque of all audiovisual platforms that address the audience in this country” or it will not support the law because, for ERC, the subject of the language “is sacred”. “Either we try to protect a whole sector, which we are also talking about almost 30,000 jobs, or it goes to hell,” he acknowledged, and later added that the objective is to defend Catalan.

“We respect the pacts that each one has with multinationals. What we clearly say is that there is no multinational that has to whisper, in any full democracy, the laws to the Government, especially if it is a supposedly progressive government “, has riveted Gabriel Rufián, who believes that there should be” many more people “defending his position and has alluded to United We Can.

The president of the parliamentary group of United we can in Congress, Jaume Asens, for his part, has revealed that his training is “closer to no than yes” with respect to the Audiovisual Law, by accusing the PSOE, his coalition partner, of not having negotiated with them the content of the regulations and of having brought it unilaterally to the Council of Ministers.

This has been stated in statements to the media in the corridors of Congress to reproach the Socialists that, despite their demands to participate in the draft, his partner has chosen to focus the talks with an “opposition party”, Alluding to ERC.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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