Move gives access to EU subsidies

BRUSSELS — Croatia has joined the European Union’s Media Program.

Move will give the country’s broadcasters, producers, distributors and exhibitors access to EU subsidies intended to promote Europe’s film and TV industries.

Membership is expected to raise the profile of Croatian productions abroad, and open Croatia to films from the rest of Europe.

In return the Croatian government will pay an annual fee to the EU. This starts at Euros 127,333 ($200,700) in 2008, but rises to Euros 139,546 ($220,000) in 2013, when the current phase of Media ends.

Croatia is the first of the countries currently preparing for EU membership to join the Media Program. The other candidates, Turkey and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, are both in negotiations to join.

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