Communiqué de presse

The Chairman of ARCEP requests that he be relieved of his functions of Chairman of CSPLA and RMN.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Jean-Ludovic SILICANI, State Counsellor and Chairman of the Electronic Communications and Postal Regulatory Authority, ARCEP, has confirmed to Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister responsible for culture and communication, that he wishes to be relieved of his functions of Chairman of the Higher council for literary and artistic property, CSPLA (Conseil supérieur de la propriété littéraire et artistique). After speaking with the minister, Mr. Silicani also concluded that it is preferable that his term of office as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Meeting of national museums, RMN (Réunion des musées nationaux), which ends on 11 September 2009, not be renewed.

Mr. Silicani believes, on the one hand, that he has achieved the objectives assigned to him within these two organisations and, on the other, that it would be difficult to reconcile continuing to assume these functions and his current responsibilities as the Chairman of ARCEP.

Appointed by Ms. Catherine Tasca in 2001 to create and preside over the CSPLA, and in 2006 by Mr. Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres to chair the RMN Board of Directors, Mr. Silicani believes he has achieved the tasks assigned to him, namely:

- to create and make operational an entity (CSPLA) devoted to consultation, discussion and proposal involving all of the stakeholders (authors, performers, producers, publishers, broadcasters, users and consumers) in all cultural and media sectors and to achieve a healthy balance between protecting literary and artistic property rights and providing access to cultural works to the largest public possible;

- to overhaul and significantly redefine the RMN strategy with respect to museums; in 2008, the public establishment achieved 85% self-financing and reported an operating surplus of several million euros; the Court of Audit recently noted these excellent results as well as the relevance of the medium and long-term strategy chosen by RMN; the latest exhibitions organised by RMN at the National Galleries of the Grand Palais (Courbet, Picasso and the Great Masters, Warhol…) proved an exceptional national and international success, and the upcoming Renoir exhibition promises to be remarkable.

Jean-Ludovic Silicani extends his thanks to all of the members of CSPLA and to the Board and staff of RMN for the tremendous and inspiring work they accomplished together.

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