The European Audiovisual Observatory has just welcomed Armenia as a new member. This brings the number of members up to 40. Armenia will be represented on the Strasbourg-based Observatory’s Executive Council by Gevorg Gevorgyan president of the National Cinema Centre of Armenia. Gevorgyan said “Armenia is proud and honored to become the 40th member of the European Audiovisual Observatory in its 20th anniversary year an organization which is involved in extremely significant activities in the audiovisual sector thus assisting the work of the professionals in the sphere. Research and analysis carried out by the Observatory's experts are of crucial value and play a great role at the international level. Our membership will allow European media professionals and decision makers to obtain valuable data and legal analysis of the audiovisual sector in Armenia as well.” Wolfgang Closs Observatory’s executive director said “it’s very positive for the Observatory to welcome Armenia as a new member. We have become familiar with the films of Armenian-Canadian director Atom Egoyan for example. Now we look forward to learning more about Armenia’s cinema and television industry and learning how its regulatory structures function.” The Strasbourg-based European Audiovisual Observatory is part of the Council of Europe and celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Pictured left to right: Wolfgang Closs executive director of the European Audiovisual Observatory and Gevorg Gevorgyan president of the National Cinema Centre of Armenia.