Tomorrow, on 28 March, Estonian Minister of Culture Indrek Saar will start a one-day visit to London. During the visit, Minister Saar will speak at the business seminar intended for the representatives of international TV broadcasters, organised in London by the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The seminar will be opened by President Kersti Kaljulaid. While in London, the Minister of Culture will also meet with Amanda Neville, Head of the British Film Institute, to discuss Estonian-British film cooperation.
“We wish to assure our British partners of our continued readiness and willingness to cooperate with the British film and media sector after Brexit,” said Minister of Culture Indrek Saar “The relocation of media channels active in Great Britain to Estonia would create an opportunity for our local TV and film industry to export their services more easily, to increase investments and create influx of new knowhow in the sectors,” Saar stressed.
A substantial number of media service providers active in Europe today, are located in the United Kingdom. Provided that during the negotiations for UK’s exit from the EU, a special agreement for the regulation of broadcasters is not signed between the European Union and the UK, Britain will lose the right for the unlimited provision of cross-border TV services according to the EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive. In order to continue providing their services to the EU member states, the media services providers currently located in the UK must do so through another member state. At the business seminar in London, Estonia will introduce her business and legal environments to the international TV broadcasters based in the UK, along with the advantages of registering their activities in Estonia.
The meeting between the Minister of Culture with the head of the British Film Institute will also be attended by Edith Sepp, Head of the Estonian Film Institute, and representatives of the Estonian production companies. A business delegation will accompany the minister of culture will be during the visit.
The business seminar in London is being organised by the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, the Estonian Embassy in London, Enterprise Estonia and AS Levira.