EuroAim, one of the key bodies set up under the European Union’s Media Program, announced Dec. 4 that it is taking the European Commission to court over unpaid funds totaling nearly $5 million.
EuroAim provides marketing support for Europe’s film and TV producers. According to the group’s complaint, the commission is holding back $4.9 million in funding owing to a dispute about roughly one-third of that sum, which was placed in a reserve fund.
“The problem is essentially to do with accounting,” says one commission source, “and relates to the technical misuse of EC funding.” The commission is concerned that $1.6 million kept in contingency reserves by EuroAim has come from Brussels funding, which is not permissible under internal commission rules.
Saturnino Munoz Gomez, who is responsible for development and distribution at the Media Program, has said that the commission will not release funding to EuroAim, including its entire 1995 budget, until it has thoroughly checked the organization’s accounts.