Today (March 2nd) Labours MEPs, together with their Socialists and Democrats colleagues, pushed through an increase for the Creative Europe's budget, in order to meet the ambitions set. They also highlighted the importance of easing access to funding for small scale organisations and projects.
In addition, S&D Euro MPs asked for the creation of three new sub-programmes on innovation crossovers, social inclusion and for Creative Europe Mundus to include third countries.
The report which takes stock of the implementation of the existing programmes highlights the need for better management, transparency and simplified procedures.
S&D Italian MEP and author of the report Silvia Costa said:
“Today we asked the European Commission to provide a strong integration of funds in line with the ambitions of the Creative Europe programme (CE). Up until now, with the available resources, it has not been possible to accept many quality projects. We believe, however, that the integration of funds is indispensable. It could enable the European Union to not only value its cultural and linguistic diversity, but also strengthen the culture and creativity sectors, which are currently supporting growth. Indeed, culture creates millions of jobs, two and a half times more than the automotive industry.”
As Labour Europe spokesperson for Culture and the Arts, Julie said:
“During its first two years (2014 – 2015), Creative Europe has supported 230 UK cultural and creative organisations and audio-visual companies, including from the Gaming industry, as well as the cinema distribution of 84 UK films in other European countries with grants totalling €40 million.
I welcome the adoption of the report as I agree with the priorities it sets for the second half of the financing period, namely to improve the access to the programme for small scale organisations and grass roots initiatives and projects, to elaborate qualitative monitoring criteria corresponding to the specific nature of the sectors and to further engage into simplification, especially in terms of application and reporting, as some great projects are discouraged to apply because of red tape.
I am also very happy that my colleagues voted in favour of increased resources, given the key contribution of the programme to jobs, innovation, sustainable growth and more cohesive societies.”
Watch here Julie's contribution to the debate. She gives the City of Liverpool, European Capital of Culture 2008, as a example of best pratice :
Background information on the Creative Europe programme:
- Creative Europe brings together the cultural and media programmes that were developed during the 2007-2013 programming period;
- It operates since 2014;
- It aims at helping the creative and cultural industries and audiovisual sectors to face the challenges of increasing digitalisation, market fragmentation, global competition and difficult access to financing;
- Under the programme, mobility and cooperation between artists and professionals in the cultural industry, as well as the movement of works and the creation of cultural associations and creative enterprises in the audiovisual sector are enabled;
The results of the mid-term evaluation of the programme will be presented by the end of 2017 by the Commission.