Creative Europe: Over €2 billion to support the recovery, resilience and diversity of cultural and creative sectors

Daily News 26 / 05 / 2021


Economy - published on 28 May 2021


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Source: European Commission Spokesperson’s Service

The Commission has today launched new actions to support the cultural and creative sectors in Europe and beyond, following the adoption of the first annual work
programme
of the Creative Europe 2021-2027. In 2021, Creative Europe will allocate an unprecedented budget of around €300 million to help cultural professionals and artists to collaborate
across disciplines and borders, in order to find more opportunities and to reach new audiences. Today’s adoption lays the foundations for the first calls for proposals under the new programme.
These calls will be open to all organisations active in the relevant cultural and creative sectors. The total seven-year budget of €2.4 billion has increased by 63% compared to the previous one.
Creative Europe also aims to increase the cultural sector competitiveness, while supporting their efforts to become greener, more digital and more inclusive. Special attention is given to
reinforcing the resilience and recovery of the cultural and creative sectors in light of the pandemic. Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya
Gabriel, said: “Over 8 million people across the EU work in a cultural activity. Culture knows no borders and no nationalities. Art represents a window to the world and
contributes to building bridges among all of us. At a time when museums, cinemas, cultural heritage sites, theatres, all start to reopen, I want to reiterate the Commission’s support for the
cultural and creative sectors. With an increased budget, Creative Europe will strive to reinforce the recovery of the sectors while promoting the immense diversity and creativity that they offer
us.” Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, said: “Artistic and creative expression is at the heart of the cultural and creative industries and of our European
identity. The reinvigorated Creative Europe programme will give a boost to European stories that resonate globally, and nurture Europe’s creators, producers, distributors and exhibitors, so badly
hit by the pandemic. By supporting collaboration across the value chain and linguistic borders, as well as new innovative business models, MEDIA will bolster a vibrant and culturally diverse
audiovisual ecosystem. For the first time, and at a time of growing threats to media pluralism, Creative Europe will also promote a healthy and sustainable news media sector across the
Union.”A press
release
is available online.

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