The President of the European Council of Audiovisual Ministers, Richard Miller, announced at the Strasbourg Forum of European Cinema in the European Parliament that he had personally earmarked funds for a feasibility study on the creation of a 'Eurocinema' television channel. The pan-European channel would feature European films, film education programming and experimental work as well as generic 'Euromovie' magazine programmes.

While the example of commercially-run Euronews was given as a potential model for the channel, no indication was given as to the proposed funding of Eurocinema, leading to speculation that this could become the first EU-funded broadcasting project.

Other issues to emerge from the forum included evidence from the European Audiovisual Observatory demonstrating the dramatic imbalance between last year's 500 million-strong audience for US films in Europe compared to the 60 million tickets sold during 2000 for European films outside their own territories.