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Over a million European Union (EU) citizens are directly employed in the audiovisual and media sector. This covers not only the more traditional media such as radio, television and cinema but also, since the advent of the internet, many new media, ranging from digital publications to online services.
The EU encourages cooperation between Member States in this area, and supports their actions in the creative sector under Articles 167 and 173 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. The Audiovisual Media Services Directive sets out the basis for an open and fair EU market for audiovisual services. The EU also runs funding programmes such as Creative Europe (2014-2020), and promotes the distribution of online content, media literacy and media pluralism.