Russian media products are no longer admitted as if being European

The Verkhovna Rada adopted the bill №2766 «On Amendments to the law of Ukraine “On television and radio broadcasting” (with respect to determine the programs of European production)”. The bill introduces a clear definition of which TV programs’ production is considered to be European. In particular, if a program is made at the commission of or with the participation of one or more legal entities from Russia, such a program cannot be regarded a program of European or Ukrainian production. This was told by a co-author of the bill, people’s deputy from the “Samopomich” Union, Oleksandr Opanasenko.

Earlier, the MPs allocated 70% of the television broadcasting to the programs produced in the European Union, the United States and Canada, of which at least 50% is for domestic programs. However, due to unclear wording of the law, there were occasions when Russian-made products would pass being called “European” in spite of the restrictions.

In addition, according to Oleksandr Opanasenko, MPs are to review two more related bills that allocate quotas on the radio. Presently they are being revised, because the proposed changes have caused lively discussions among representatives of radio broadcasting and the artistic intelligentsia. But the lawmaker mentions that the purpose of the bills is not to create any barriers, but to promote the domestic product and to support development of its production.

Oleksandr Opanasenko
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