After nearly ten years of negotiations, the decree extending the collective agreement for film production concluded on 19 January 2012 was signed today, 1 July and will be published in the official gazette. It will come into force on October 1, 2013.

In line with the commitment made by Michel SAPIN, Minister of Labour, Employment, Vocational Training and Social Dialogue and Aurélie FILIPPETTI, Minister of Culture and Communication on 14 March, this extension provides this essential sector of French creation, which brings cultural influence, competitiveness and employment in our country, with a common framework of social regulation for the benefit of employees as well as companies, as almost-all occupational branches (97% of employees are covered by a collective agreement in France).

In order to take into account the impact of this collective agreement on the most fragile film productions, as highlighted by the work of mediator Raphaël Hadas-Lebel, the ministers set the effective date of the extension order on 1 October 2013, allowing an amendment to be concluded before that date, modifying certain parameters of the collective agreement in order to take better account of the situation of the economically most fragile films.

The ministers therefore solemnly call on the social partners to continue, in a spirit of responsibility, the dialogue in order to conclude this amendment.

The objective is that these amendments can take effect on October 1, at the same time as the extended collective agreement. The Directorate-General for Labour and the Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée will each support the preparation and holding of a new joint commission in the coming days.

In addition, the Minister of Culture and Communication states very clearly the Government’s will to evolve by the end of the year, building on the work of the foundation for the diversity of cinema, Support mechanisms for cinema to make a stronger contribution to the preservation of the diversity of film production, in particular by strengthening the financing of the most economically fragile films.