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Parliament sets 70% quota for Western TV production

Lawmakers give legal definition to European TV content.

Parliament sets 70% quota for Western TV production

The parliament of Ukraine set on Tuesday a 70-per-cent quota on TV programmes produced in Europe, the United States and Canada.

Under the law, a TV show is considered to be produced in Europe if it is manufactured by one or more legal entities that are residents of the countries which have ratified the European Convention on Transfrontier Television.

In case a television show is produced on order or with the participation of one or more legal persons from a country that the Ukrainian parliament has recognized an aggressor state (occupier) such a show cannot be considered a European or Ukrainian production.

Also, according to the law, shows produced in Europe as well as US and Canadian productions should be given at least 70% of airtime a week, while TV products of Ukrainian origin should have at least 50% of airtime a week.