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EU audiovisual policy draws on a variety of legal bases in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, the main ones being Articles 167 (culture and cultural cooperation) and 173 (industry). Other EU rules such as those on competition, on state aids and on public service obligations also have an important impact on the sector.

A key aspect of EU action has been the creation of a single European market for audiovisual services. The 2010 Audiovisual Media Services Directive provides a framework to promote the free movement, production and distribution of European television programmes.

In 2013, the European Commission published a Green Paper 'Preparing for a Fully Converged Audiovisual World: Growth, Creation and Values. This aims to provoke debate on this rapidly evolving sector and on the way in which audiovisual services are consumed and delivered.

The Creative Europe Programme (2014-2020) aims to strengthen cooperation between creative sectors both within the EU and beyond its borders.