The European Audiovisual Observatory has announced that Greece will hold its presidency for 2010.

Rodolfos Moronis, executive director of the Hellenic Audiovisual Institute (IOM) and part of the Observatory’s executive council, will be president with Konstantinos Papavassilopoulos, head of new technologies department at IOM, will act as deputy.

The Strasbourg-based body, which collects and distributes data on the film and media industries in Europe.

Setting out his plans for the presidency, Moronis said he hoped the Observatory would expand to cover new fields, including new technologies and tax law. He added: “We need the Observatory’s facts and figures now more than ever in order to make sense of the rapid evolutions in the various media markets.”

Greece takes over the presidency from the European Commission in Brussels.