The MEDIA sub-programme now available in Macedonia

Skopje, 4th of August 2015

"The Republic of Macedonia and audiovisual sector have officially become full participants in MEDIA sub-programme, which is an integral part of the European Commission’s Creative Europe programme for the period 2014-2020", said Minister of Information Society and Administration Ivo Ivanovski and Culture Minister Elizabeta Kanceska Milevska at the press conference today.


The MEDIA sub-programme was unavailable for Macedonia due to a lack of legislative alignment with the European Union. The main obstacle was the media self-regulation Article, which initially existed in media laws but later withdrawn.


"According to the European Commission analysis, the media self-regulation in Macedonia is functioning properly, owing to the self-regulatory body created by the media", Ivanovski said, adding: "From now on, all media in Republic of Macedonia will have a chance to apply for financial support from EU in order to create high quality Audiovisual works thus being able to sell their products outside our borders".


The MEDIA programme also supports the development of video games. This market is one of the biggest in the information sector: " Small and medium-sized enterprises who already actively participate in creating video games can apply now for funding", Ivanovski said.


Culture Minister Kanceska Milevska expects the MEDIA sub-programme to be used in the best possible way: "MEDIA provides support for the representatives in the audiovisual industry in achieving their concrete professional needs, initiatives for distribution of audiovisual works and their access to the markets, initiatives for the development of projects or set of projects, production of television programs or video games, and measures to facilitate international co-production", Kanceska Milevska said.





Ministry of Information Society and Administration