Dear Friends and Members of Europa Cinemas
In these unprecedented and difficult times for you, the Europa Cinemas team has set up a home teleworking system to remain available, by your side, and to allow us to finalise the programming reports for 2019.
Our aim is to present your results to the Validation Committee in mid-April and to rapidly transmit the support propositions to the Agency. As you know, the Commission carries out several verifications and controls before paying the total amount in the early autumn. Europa Cinemas then proceeds to the payment of the theatres during October and November.
We know that this timeline is long and we will do everything possible to request to the Commission that it be exceptionally shortened for this financial year.
In order to finish the 2019 summary sheets on time, we are lacking supporting documents or other information from certain theatres and we remain at everyone’s disposal to receive and treat them as quickly as possible. Our emails are up and running and we are present to stay connected and exchange with anyone who encounters difficulties.
Naturally, we will take measures for 2020, appropriate to the situation at hand. We will notably take into consideration your imposed closing periods that we ask you to please send us so that we can establish a prorata of the screenings and admissions that count for the evaluation of your results.
Creative Europe officials are very mindful of the difficulties you are experiencing and we will do our utmost to work with them on solutions adapted to these important hurdles you are facing – you, your teams and your companies.
Presently and during the coming weeks, please contact us by email preferably. If necessary, our direct telephone lines have been rerouted so that you can reach us. Please don’t hesitate to tell us about the various initiatives you have taken to stay connected with your audience – we can relay them via our website and social networks.
Please be assured of our solidarity. We wish you courage and good health to get through these distressing times as quickly as possible.
Claude-Eric Poiroux and the entire Europa Cinemas team
Picture: Sauvenière, Liège