EC's new-media paper stalled

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An angry exchange of letters between two directorates of the European Commission has blocked any progress to a draft Green Paper on new media, expected by the end of the year. The heads of DG X (culture and audiovisual) and DG XV (the internal market), Colette Flesch and John Mogg, respectively, are fighting over which directorate should have control over information superhighway legislation. The dispute has halted work on the paper except in areas such as protection for minority languages, according to EC officials. Both officials refused to comment on the dispute, but it is understood that Mr. Mogg wants the Green Paper to focus on economic aspects of emerging new media, whereas Ms. Flesch sees the issue primarily as a cultural matter.

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