MEDIA 2007: programme of support for the European audiovisual sector

MEDIA 2007 is the new programme of support for the European audiovisual sector, following on from the MEDIA Plus and MEDIA Training programmes. MEDIA 2007 is conceived as a single programme combining the two existing parts (development, distribution and promotion / training). It has a budget of almost 755 million and covers the period 2007-13.


Decision No 1718/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 November 2006 concerning the implementation of the Programme of support for the European Audiovisual sector (MEDIA 2007).


The audiovisual sector is an essential vehicle for conveying and developing European cultural values. It plays a crucial role in the creation of a European cultural identity and the expression of European citizenship. The circulation of European audiovisual works (films and television programmes) helps to increase intercultural dialogue and to improve mutual understanding and knowledge of European cultures. Community support is therefore designed to enable the European audiovisual sector to play its part in consolidating European citizenship and culture.

In addition to the cultural aspect, Europe's audiovisual sector also has great social and economic potential. Community support for the audiovisual sector is therefore also in line with the Lisbon strategy, which aims to make the EU the most competitive and dynamic economy in the world.

With its MEDIA 2007 programme, the Commission intends to continue EU action taken in the MEDIA I, MEDIA II, MEDIA Plus and MEDIA Training programmes, which have encouraged the development of Europe's audiovisual industry since 1991.


MEDIA 2007 is established for the period from 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2013. The global objectives of the programme are to:

To achieve these objectives, MEDIA 2007 will promote initiatives:

In these areas of activity, the programme's priorities are to:


The total amount available for this programme is approximately 755 million.



Upstream of audiovisual production, the programme's objectives are as follows:


Downstream of audiovisual production, the programme's objectives are as follows:

Pilot projects


Provisions concerning third countries

Provided the required conditions are met and additional appropriations are received, the programme is open to the following countries:

Beneficiaries and financial provisions

Natural persons may be beneficiaries of the programme. Depending on the type of action, financial aid may take the form of grants or scholarships.

Financial assistance awarded under the programme may not exceed 50 % of the costs of the activities supported. In certain specific cases, assistance of up to 75 % of costs may be provided.


The Commission, assisted by a committee, will be responsible for implementing the programme.

The implementing body is represented by the European network of MEDIA desks. This ensures the dissemination of information on the programme at national level, in particular for cross-border projects.



Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Decision No 1718/2006/EC [adoption: codecision COD/2004/0151]



OJ L 327 of 24.11.2006

See also

Last updated: 04.01.2007