ARTE

The European Collection

European documentaries, current affairs and magazine programmes available for free

Five partners, five languages and a joint project : for the European Collection,  ARTE, ARD, ZDF, France Télévisions and SRG SSR are teaming up to offer a joint selection of content on the political and social topics of the day.

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Get to grips with the issues that resonate with Europeans

Five partners, five languages and a joint mission statement: for the European Collection, ARTE, ARD, ZDF, France Télévisions and SRG SSR are teaming up to offer a joint selection of content on the political and social topics of the day.

What do our European neighbours make of the urgent issues facing our societies? What topics are of particular interest to them? Sustainable development, the various health systems and the economic situation in Europe are all subjects that the European Collection invites viewers to discover, offering a European take on contemporary subjects. The joint catalogue is available in Europe and offers – for free and in five languages (French, German, English, Spanish and Italian) – documentaries, current affairs programmes and web productions on each of the partners’ digital outlets (website, apps, Smart-TV).

Context

The European Collection is located at the intersection of two lines of thinking: the first – Franco-German – with the signing of the Treaty of Aachen on 22 January 2019, Article 9 of which provides for the creation of a Franco-German digital platform. The second – European – with the European Open Media Space infrastructure project, coordinated by the European Broadcasting Union, which aims to guarantee European digital sovereignty by establishing an open, European ecosystem.

Financing

The soft launch in 2020 of the European Collection was made possible thanks to the co-financing granted under the European Union’s Creative Europe – MEDIA programme. In 2021, the European Collection is now developed as part of the project “Towards a European public Sphere: Multilingual programmes from across Europe” within the Multimedia Actions budget. In addition to the European Collection, the funding provides support to the recommendation box, an initiative coordinated by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) offering a recommendation tool that provides internet users with relevant news content automatically translated into several languages and selected by the editors of the respective European partner channels. The recommendation box is slated for launch in July 2021.

The project is based on existing content and will not require any additional national funding. Moreover, the European funding provided will not be used to finance content production; it is only intended to provide support for the European circulation of programmes that have already been produced, with a particular emphasis on subtitling.