Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, participated in the XXVIth Franco-Spanish Summit, which was held in videoconference on 15 March.

On the sidelines of her participation in the Summit plenary, the Minister of Culture met with José Manuel Rodriguez Uribes, Minister of Culture and Sports of the Kingdom of Spain.

During the meeting, the two ministers discussed the impact of the COVID-19 health crisis on cultural actors in France and Spain and the measures put in place in both countries to address it. The Minister spoke of the very important effort made in favour of culture within the French recovery plan, in order to recast cultural policies and help cultural actors to project themselves into the future.

The two ministers also discussed ways to strengthen the cooperation between France and Spain in cultural matters, particularly in the area of books.

European issues were also at the heart of the discussions, in particular the directive on copyright and neighbouring rights in the digital single market, for which France and Spain had been strongly mobilized. The Ministers also recalled, in a declaration of intent signed at the end of their meeting, that special attention should be paid to the implementation of this Directive. They stress the fundamental role of copyright in guaranteeing remuneration for creators and diversity of creation in the digital environment and call for strict application of Article 17 of the Directive, to ensure a fair sharing of the value created by the exploitation of works on online content sharing platforms.

The Minister also met with Carmen Calvo, First Vice-President of the Spanish Government and Minister for the Presidency, Relations with Parliament and Democratic Memory.

This interview was an opportunity to discuss the issues related to archives in the wake of the agreement signed between the two countries in 2006, and ways to relaunch cooperation on archives and documentary holdings related to the Spanish civil war, exile and its consequences. Finally, the ministers discussed the programming that could accompany the 50th anniversary of the death of Pablo Picasso, which the authorities of both countries wish to celebrate jointly in 2023.