European Parliament Interrogates Commission On The SONY/BMG Merger
The European Parliament (EP) has taken the initiative to question the Commission on the second approval of the merger between Sony and Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG). The question challenges certain incoherencies surrounding this decision and asks the Commission how the decision can be justified in the context of the EC's policy of support for cultural SMEs.
The question has been submitted by Guy Bono (PSE, Fr), member of the European Parliament's Culture Committee and currently responsible for the committee's eagerly awaited report on the cultural industries.
Guy Bono said, "The European Parliament is exercising democratic control over European institutions by interrogating the Commission on the Sony/BMG merger. Like many cultural sectors, music suffers from chronic concentration. Artists and cultural SMEs need to be supported as they play a key role in fostering creativity and innovation as well as growth and employment in a Europe. We must put cultural diversity at the heart of EU policy"
Patrick Zelnik, IMPALA president and president of Naïve, welcomed this initiative, "I am pleased to see that the European Parliament is interrogating the Commission on the Sony/BMG merger on behalf of thousands of entrepreneurs and artists across Europe. We rely on the Parliament to ensure the Commission is held to answer. The question posed by Guy Bono clearly highlights many of the key concerns voiced by IMPALA in the aftermath of the decision."
This question follows a complaint lodged by IMPALA with the European Ombudsman which aims to be sure that the interests of cultural SME's and artists are not marginalised.
The European Commission has a three weeks deadline to answer the written question addressed by the EP member. Please note that European Parliament will hold a public hearing on cultural industries next 20 November.
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