What to expect from Creative Europe in 2018?


European Parliament

The European Commission has released the 2018 Work Programme of Creative Europe, which outlines the policy framework, the priorities and the actions implementing the Creative Europe programme in 2018. 

The document pinpoints the main challenges faced by the European cultural and creative sectors today: fragmentation along market and linguistic barriers (24 official languages), globalisation and the digital shift, and access to sustainable and diversified funding.

The paper draws special attention to the political, economic and societal realities in which the EU is placed today: unemployment, massive migration flows, radicalization, populism and xenophobia, among others. These and other problems contribute to the rising euroscepticism among the European citizens and erode the European values. Recognising the contribution of culture to the European integration project, the document makes clear that culture is expected to “save Europe”: find new narratives, create a space for dialogue and solidarity, and bring citizens closer together.

What to expect from Creative Europe in 2018?

  • The growing annual budget in the period 2018-2020 will allow for more cooperation projects to be financed. 
  • Opportunities will be open up for quality small cooperation projects - for cultural organisations with little experience of working at European level, potentially involving more grassroots organisations and provide room for experimentation and innovation.
  • Alongside set priorities (mobility, capacity building, audience development), inter-cultural dialogue and social inclusion, in particular as regards migrants, will be a cross-cutting focus.
  • Special attention will be given to new approaches to supporting creativity in the context of the collaborative economy (i.e. crowdfunding) and the digital economy (i.e. digital value chain, data).
  • Better focus on sub-sectors and priorities: an overarching priority relates to the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. Dialogues with stakeholders from other sectors (i.e. architecture, book) will be also pursued further in 2018.
  • The budget of the Guarantee Facility will be topped up by 50% with funds from the European Fund for Strategic Investment.

Read the full document (116 pages)

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