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

The first calls for proposals under the new program have been launched. These calls will be open to all organizations active in the relevant cultural and creative sectors. The program 's total budget of € 2.4 billion has increased by 63% over seven years compared to the previous budget. The Creative Europe program also aims to increase the competitiveness of the cultural industries, while supporting their efforts to become greener, more digital and more inclusive. Particular attention is being paid to strengthening the resilience and recovery of the cultural and creative industries in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Maria Gabriela, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said: “More than 8 million people across the EU work in the cultural sector. Culture has no borders and no nationality. Art is a window to the world and it helps to build bridges between us. At a time when museums, cinemas, heritage sites and theaters are reopening, I would like to reiterate the Commission's support for the cultural and creative industries. With the increased budget, the Creative Europe program will seek to strengthen the recovery of sectors, while promoting the wide variety and creativity they offer us. ”

In 2021, the Creative Europe Program sets common goals for the cultural and creative industries. It places greater emphasis on the international creation, global circulation and promotion of European works, innovation in various sectors and easier access to finance through higher EU co-financing rates. All funded actions and projects should respect gender equality and the EU's environmental commitments in the design and implementation of its activities.

The MEDIA sub-program of the Creative Europe Program supports the production and distribution of internationally attractive films and audiovisual works in Europe and beyond. It helps develop talent and manages targeted actions to improve media literacy, pluralism and freedom. The program will continue to promote Europe's cultural and linguistic diversity.

The activities of the Creative Europe Program include:

  • the development of literary translation support schemes and publishing partnerships;
  • EU awards for literature, music, architecture and cultural heritage, as well as the European Capitals of Culture and the European Heritage Label;
  • Strengthening the accessibility and visibility of European audiovisual works on different platforms and across borders;
  • "Creative Innovation Labs" to promote innovative approaches to content creation, distribution and promotion in different sectors;
  • promoting media literacy, pluralism and freedom as European values.

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