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Creative Europe support programme for Europe’s cultural and creative sectors from 2014

Creative Europe is the new EU programme dedicated to the cultural and creative sectors, proposed by the European Commission on 23 November 2011. The proposal is now under discussion in the Council of EU Ministers and the European Parliament.


Europe needs to invest more in its cultural and creative sectors because they significantly contribute to economic growth, employment, innovation and social cohesion. Creative Europe will safeguard and promote cultural and linguistic diversity and strengthen the competitiveness of the cultural and creative sectors.

Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, says: “The cultural and creative sectors offer great potential to boost jobs and growth in Europe. EU funding also helps thousands of artists and cultural professionals to reach new audiences. Without this support, it would be difficult or impossible for them to break into new markets”.


  • Helps the cultural and creative sectors to seize the opportunities of the ‘digital age’ and globalisation
  • Enables the sectors to reach their potential so that they can contribute to the Europe 2020 goals for sustainable growth, jobs and social cohesion.
  • Opens up new international opportunities, markets and audiences Builds on the success of the MEDIA and Culture programmes.


  • More funding for artists and cultural professionals to develop their skills and to work across borders
  • More funding for transnational cultural activities within and outside of the EU
  • Support schemes tailored to the specific needs of the audiovisual and the cultural sectors in the EU
  • Easier access to private funding through guarantees which could generate more than € 1 billion in loans
  • Increase banking expertise in the cultural and creative sectors
  • Develop Europe’s competitiveness in culture and film while safeguarding cultural and linguistic diversity


  • 300 000 artists and cultural professionals and their work receive funding to reach new audiences beyond their home countries.
  • More than 1 000 European films would receive distribution support, enabling them to be seen by audiences throughout Europe and beyond, on traditional and digital platforms.
  • Thousands of cultural organisations and professionals from Europe would benefit from training to gain new skills and to strengthen their capacity to operate internationally.
  • 2 500 European cinemas would receive support enabling them to ensure that at least 50% of the films they show are European.
  • More than 5 500 books and other literary works will receive support for translation, which will allow readers to enjoy them in their mother tongue.
  • Millions of citizens would be reached

Source: European Commission

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