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12 May 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Tomasz Frankowski (PPE), Petra Kammerevert (S&D), Niklas Nienaß (Verts/ALE), Michaela Šojdrová (PPE), Christian Ehler (PPE), Ibán García Del Blanco (S&D), Loucas Fourlas (PPE), Sabine Verheyen (PPE), Massimiliano Smeriglio (S&D)
 Subject: Support for cinemas in light of the COVID-19 crisis

Cinemas across the EU have been closed for weeks. Regardless of their size and location, they all face severe long-term impacts.

Box office losses already amount to EUR 2 billion, this figure does not account for other revenue streams or the significant fixed costs that operators have to cover while closed.

These negative impacts will continue once confinement measures are lifted. There is still huge uncertainty as to how quickly cinemas will be able to operate at anything like a normal level once reopened.

On 4 May, Commissioner Breton confirmed that cinemas were considered part of the EU’s recovery plan, which will ensure direct cash flow and investment to support them.

1. In terms of the recovery fund, what financial support will be earmarked for cinemas, bearing in mind that they have not been able to generate any income since the lockdown, and will this be in the form of non-repayable grants, low interest loans or support for fixed costs?

2. Who will decide the criteria for the distribution of funding and can the Commission guarantee that all cinemas will qualify?

3. Given the factors that will affect the cinemas’ capacity to operate at a normal level, can it confirm that financial support will correspond to the long-term challenges?

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