Two years after the signing of the Treaty of Aachen, the desire to create a common European digital platform, aimed in particular at young Europeans, is materialising. Thanks to the joint efforts of the French and German broadcasting organizations, two complementary digital offerings are launched:

- the European Collection, developed by ARTE and its partners, ARD, ZDF, France Télévisions and SRG SSR, offers content from all these broadcasters in several languages at European level;

- The ENTR project, designed by the two audiovisual operators Deutsche Welle and France Médias Monde, will primarily target young Europeans with content on current European issues.

Mr. Armin Laschet, Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia, Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany responsible for cultural affairs in the framework of the Treaty on Franco-German Cooperation, Mrs. Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, French Minister for Culture, Ms Monika Grütters, Federal Delegate for Culture and Media, Ms Heike Raab, State Secretary, Representative of the Land of Rhineland-Palatinate to the Federal Government responsible for Europe, Media and Digital Affairs, Michael Roth, Deputy Federal Minister for European Affairs and Clément Beaune, French Secretary of State for European Affairs, welcome the launch of these two digital offers, an essential step in the implementation of the Treaty of Aachen.

Minister-President Armin Laschet: “These two projects, “The European Collection” and “ENTR”, bring the concept of a European digital platform to life and show what can be achieved through a shared commitment. Europe needs a common cultural and media space based on common values. To this end, we need strong European content and adequate technical infrastructure to present it. I am therefore delighted with the implementation of these two projects which are entirely in this direction and I hope that the purpose and spirit of the Treaty of Aachen will also be expressed in other projects.”

Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, French Minister of Culture: «I am delighted with the launch of «ENTR» and «The European Collection» and welcome the commitment of France Médias Monde, Deutsche Welle, ARTE and its partners in the design of these offers. Their launch marks a major step in the construction of a common media and cultural space that Europe so badly needs and which is at the heart of the objectives of the Treaty of Aachen. These innovative and ambitious offers will help build closer ties between young Europeans by sharing cultural content and information.”

Monika Grütters: With the «ENTR» projects of Deutsche Welle and France Médias Monde and «The European Collection» of ARTE, the television channels are once again achieving their ambition to be vectors for the dissemination of culture and diversity by-across national borders and promote mutual understanding. This cross-border cultural exchange is more necessary than ever in Europe. To this end, it is imperative to continue to strengthen the diversity and independence of our European media landscape. That is why we have included the establishment of a European platform among the essential objectives of the Treaty of Aachen. With the "ENTR" and "The European Collection" projects, we will have already made considerable progress in this direction."

Heike Raab: ARTE and the German and French public broadcasters are opening up new avenues for digitisation. They provide important impulses on the possibilities of use and organization of new communication spaces with a view to safeguarding and guaranteeing media pluralism.” Raab coordinates the media policy of the Länder, with Rhineland-Palatinate chairing the Broadcasting and Television Commission.

Michael Roth: «The platforms «ENTR» and «The European Collection» strengthen the link with the European public. They show how creative European cooperation is. «The European Collection» provides European answers to the pressing questions of culture and society. The digital platform developed by Deutsche Welle and France Médias Monde «ENTR» is aimed directly at young people in Europe and allows an exchange that transcends borders and language barriers».

Mr. Clément Beaune, Secretary of State for European Affairs: «I am very happy that «ENTR», this profoundly European project of the Deutsche Welle and France Médias Monde, is taking shape. Fostering mutual understanding in Europe is essential, as the pandemic has shown more than ever. There is no doubt that the platforms «ENTR» and «The European Collection» will make an important contribution to the formation of a common European consciousness. I wish these beautiful European projects every success!”  

All agree on the decisive progress made by the launch of «The European Collection» and «ENTR» in the implementation of the Treaty of Aachen. Other complementary initiatives by audiovisual organizations may be encouraged and implemented in the future. In view of the European approach of the Treaty of Aachen, support at European level for the commitment of broadcasters is highly desirable.