The Minister of Culture and Communication welcomes the adoption on 2 July 2009 by the European Commission of the revision of its 2001 communication on the application of the rules on State aid to public broadcasting services.

This new text reaffirms the exclusive competence of the Member States to define the tasks of public broadcasting and to provide for its financing, under the principle of subsidiarity. It also draws on the consequences of the evolution of technologies and uses and recognizes the vocation of the public audiovisual services to develop resolutely their offers on the various media (notably Internet and mobile) and according to the new formats, including upon request.

The new communication thus strengthens the ability of the countries of the European Union to give their public service audiovisual services the means to respond in a relevant way to the expectations of all audiences and thus to fulfil in the long term its fundamental missions in the service of the general interest, including diversity and quality of programmes, pluralism and independence of information, promotion of cultural diversity and support for creation.

The Minister also welcomes the constructive attitude of the European authorities in the search for a balanced text and wishes to note the positive developments made to the draft text following the various consultations organised by the European Commission.