The European Parliament allocates 2,500 million to culture

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The European Parliament allocates 2,500 million to culture

The European Parliament approves a program in which it seals its commitment to a sector very hit by the closures due to the pandemic

The pandemic caused the cancellation of concerts and festivals, shows that are now being organized again little by little./AFP

The European Parliament adopted on Wednesday ‘Creative Europe’, the program aimed at the cultural and audiovisual sectors, which represents the largest financial commitment of the EU to date in this ambit. The new program, which sees its budget almost doubled compared to the 2014-2020 period (when it had 1,400 million), will dedicate 2,500 million euros to the cultural and creative sectors of the EU. MEPs recognize the importance of supporting them in their recovery after the crisis caused by the pandemic, which has forced the closure of many musical and cultural facilities throughout Europe.

In addition to the significant budget increase, MEPs managed to put more emphasis on inclusion and the contemporary and live music sectors, which are between those hardest hit by the pandemic, as well as a higher co-financing rate for small-scale projects. In negotiations with the Council, Parliament also succeeded in including an obligation for the program to promote female talent and support the professional and artistic careers of women. Women are still underrepresented in decision-making positions in cultural, creative and artistic institutions.

«The new edition of ‘Creative Europe’ has two central objectives: the preservation, development and promotion of European cooperation in cultural diversity and heritage, and the increased competitiveness and the economic potential of the cultural and creative sectors, in particular the audiovisual sector. This is key given the disastrous effects of the pandemic. Now it is up to the Member States to make concrete efforts to support the recovery ”, assured the rapporteur Massimiliano Smeriglio (S&D, IT).

For her part, the president of the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture, Sabine Verheyen (PPE, DE) recalled that around 3.8% of Europeans work in the cultural and creative sectors, “however, this sector has faced always facing challenges, including competition with large commercial productions and a highly fragmented transnational cultural market. ‘Confinement has had a dramatic effect on cultural communities in the EU, which they need our support more than ever. This significantly better funded program recognizes the added value of culture to our European way of life, and is a first step in helping them meet the challenges of globalization and digitization, ‘he said.

Next steps

The program approved by the Council will take effect immediately after being published in the official gazette. To ensure a smooth transition with respect to the previous edition, the Regulation provides for its retroactive entry into force, from January 1, 2021.

Most of ‘Creative Europe’ (€ 1.4 billion) will go to the ‘Media’ section, which supports development, promotion and distribution of European films and audiovisual works within Europe and beyond its borders.

The ‘Culture’ section supports cross-border cultural and creative projects, that is, cooperation (networks, platforms, innovation projects) between organizations and professionals in the areas of music, books and promotion of literature and architecture European, as well as the cultural awards and initiatives of the EU.

The third transversal section includes, for the first time, support for the media sector, focused on promoting the media literacy, pluralism, freedom of the press and quality journalism, as well as helping the media to better face the challenges of digitization.

Since 2013, Spain has launched 618 cultural projects thanks to Creative Europe, of which 436 were exclusive to the national territory and the rest collaborated as partners with other countries. Regarding European cooperation proposals, in 2020 Spain benefited from funding for ten smaller-scale national projects selected as leaders and 24 Spanish organizations participated as partners, according to the Ministry of Culture and Sports.


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