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EU TV directive OK’d

BRUSSELS — The European Parliament gave its final OK Tuesday to the European Union’s Television Without Frontiers directive, which will leave unchanged Hollywood’s domination of the bloc’s TV screens.

The new directive maintains the current quota system on non-EU product, but does nothing to tighten enforcement of the law by member states who ignore it.

The final measure was drafted in April by the EU’s “conciliation committee,” which brought to an end three years of political wrangling.

The Parliament lost the battle on quotas, but did win a guarantee that all European viewers will have the right to watch live coverage of top sporting events like the World Cup and Olympics without having to pay.

Final approval from EU culture ministers is expected June 30.

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