Audio-visual sector

Main content and obligations of Ukraine

Chapter 15 “Audio-Visual policy” of the Section “Economic and Sector Cooperation” of the Association Agreement provides that the Parties shall cooperate to promote the audiovisual industry in Europe and encourage co-production in the fields of cinema and television.

Cooperation may include, inter alia, the training of journalists and other professionals from the printed and electronic media, as well as support to the media (public and private), so as to reinforce their independence, professionalism and links with other European media in compliance with European standards, including standards of the Council of Europe.

Association bodies

Cluster 4 of the Subcommittee on Economy and Other Sector Cooperation

Responsible bodies in Ukraine

  • State Committee for Radio and Television;
  • National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting;
  • Ministry of Finance of Ukraine;
  • Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine;
  • Ministry of Justice of Ukraine.

Expected results

Upgrading the skills of media professionals regarding compliance with the legislation on audiovisual media services in order to strengthen their independence, professionalism and relations with European media in accordance with the European standards.

State of adaptation of Ukrainian legislation and cooperation with the EU

  • On January 19, 2017 PJSC “National Public Television and Radio Company of Ukraine” was registered as a legal entity of the National Television Company of Ukraine in accordance with the Law of Ukraine “On Public Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine”.
  • The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted the resolution of the State Committee for Television and Radio “The Issues of Transforming a State-Owned Enterprise “Ukrainian television film studio “Ukrtelefilm” into a public joint-stock company “Ukrtelefilm” in order to complete the formation of the authorized capital of the National Public Television and Radio Company of Ukraine. At present, the State Committee for Television and Radio, with participation of the interested ministries and departments, forms the commission for transformation of “Ukrtelefilm” into PJSC “Ukrtelefilm”.
  • Measures aimed at implementing the Law of Ukraine “On Reforming State-Owned and Municipal Print Mass Media" have been implemented.
  • Based on the results of monitoring of the reform process, as on October 3, 2017, 105 print media and editorial offices were reformed, of which 93 were participants of the first stage. Out of the 244 participants in the first stage of the reform, 93 state-owned and municipal print media were reformed retaining the name, purpose, language of publication, thematic focus; 79 legal entities are in the process of termination; 39 reorganized editorial offices are awaiting re-registration of print media; 32 editorial offices do not have the relevant documents required for filing to the State Registrar, 1 legal entity is terminated.
  • On June 8, 2017, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine registered a draft law “On Amending the Law of Ukraine “On Reforming State-Owned and Municipal Print Media” (Reg. No. 6569) so as to improve the mechanism for reforming the print media.
  • In order to implement the Decree of the President of Ukraine No. 43 “On the Concept of Improving Public Awareness on Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic Integration for 2017-2020” dated February 21, 2017, the Government approved an action plan for implementation of this Concept in 2017.
  • On October 25, 2017, the Government approved the Strategy of Communication in the Sphere of European Integration for 2018-2021. The main goal of the Strategy is to affirm Ukrainian public support for Ukraine's membership in the EU, integration into the European economic, cultural, and political space, and to implement the process of internal reforms and reforms towards a freer, fairer, more democratic, successful and transparent society based on fundamental rights and freedoms of a person, principles of gender equality and non-discrimination, accountability of authorities, market economy and openness.