A step to shield Catalan in the audiovisual that needs to be specified

That ERC has not submitted any amendments to the entire state budget will allow them to be processed, and is a first step for understanding with the PSOE on a key issue: to shield a share of the presence of Catalan on digital platforms audiovisual content. Republicans and Socialists have agreed to jointly approve the new audiovisual law and protect co-official languages, although no percentage has been specified so far.

This pact, reached at the last minute, is only the first phase of the negotiation, almost a declaration of intent. More doses of dialogue and understanding will be needed to close a quota for Catalan. And the will of the PSOE to collaborate in the defense of the other languages ​​of the State that are not Spanish will be tested. It also remains to be clarified how dubbing will be guaranteed in the co-official languages ​​and what role the funding of regional televisions will play in the new law.

Subscription series, film and documentary portals have become one of the leading entertainment platforms. But Catalan still has a marginal presence, ranging from 0.1% to 1.3% on Netflix, HBO, Disney + and Amazon, according to a study by the Audiovisual Council of Catalonia. Filmin, it is worth mentioning, is the exception that should be highlighted, with a portal dedicated to products in Catalan and a weight of 18.9% of the contents. HBO, on the other hand, has only 0.1% of the more than 1,700 content it offers in Catalan.

As a country, we cannot allow our own language to be left out of the main forms of leisure, those that drag conversations in the bar, among friends, at work and in schools. Especially when we know that Catalan is losing weight among young people in Barcelona itself, where according to a City Council survey made public this summer, only 28% of those aged between 15 and 34 use it regularly.

This agreement also has another aspect to consider: it is a gesture in line with allowing institutions not to get stuck and be able to manage. We continue in the midst of the crisis caused by the pandemic, although health data indicate that we may already be on the exit ramp. And a crisis cannot be easily overcome with hands tied. Failure to get budgets adapted to the current economic and social situation would be to make the trip to a population already sufficiently punished.

Beyond the importance of the budgets themselves, the ERC has now guaranteed that the PSOE will only agree with them on the audiovisual law, but it remains to be seen what can come out of this agreement, and what the limit of socialist flexibility. When the details of the agreement are finalized, it will be possible to see to what extent it will have been justified, and whether it will have been worthwhile. Allowing budgets to be processed is a gesture of goodwill that the Socialists will have to show what consequences it has in practice.

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