20-01-2011

Bosnia and Herzegovina joins the European Audiovisual Observatory

The European Audiovisual Observatory has just been joined by Bosnia and Herzegovina. This takes the number of member countries of the Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, up to 37 plus the European Union which also has full member status

In concrete terms, this means that the Observatory’s market and legal analyses of the audiovisual industries in Europe (cinema, television, video/DVD, new audiovisual services) will now be extended to cover Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Executive Director Wolfgang Closs felt that the Observatory’s information on the audiovisual industries in Bosnia and Herzegovina would be of great value to other European countries wishing to work with a country which produced the 2006 Berlin Winner Grbavica and is home to the Sarajevo Film Festival, the largest cinema event in the Balkans. He added that the audiovisual authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its professionals would, in turn, benefit greatly from the Observatory’s information on its other member states.

Bosnia and Herzegovina will be represented within the Observatory’s Executive Council by Director General of Communications Regulatory Agency, Kemal Husienovic. Mr. Huseinovic said that they were looking forward to a vibrant information exchange with the Observatory and its member states, emphasizing that being a member of the Observatory will additionally help the regulatory authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina in accomplishing tasks and overcoming challenges it is facing on its path to the European integration process.

The Observatory’s flagship publications, the Yearbook – Film, television and video in Europe and the IRIS legal series will, from 2011 onwards, include statistics and reporting on Bosnia and Herzegovina.