Creative Europe 2021-2027 proposal: our comments

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The European Commission has proposed a 27% budget increase for Creative Europe, the programme supporting European cultural and creative sectors. As the European Parliament and Council debate the Commission's proposal for 2021-2027, we're making sure our comments are heard.

Creative Europe’s objectives are to promote, strengthen and protect European cultural and linguistic diversity, cultural heritage and creativity, as well as to reinforce the competitiveness of the European cultural and creative sectors. It will include three strands: media, culture and cross sectoral. The Commission's proposal means these sectors would benefit from €1.85 billion from 2021-2027.

We are spreading the following key messages on the proposal during the current consultation meetings:

Culture strand

  • We support the proposed emphasis on societal resilience and social inclusion through culture and cultural heritage as it fits city administrations’ needs

  • We suggest adding a new priority on the promotion of citizens’ involvement and participatory approaches. The aim is to make city policies more fitted to the needs of inhabitants by ensuring that opinions are heard when designing policies.

Cross sectoral strand

  • We support the proposed focus on the role of social inclusion through culture

  • We welcome the proposed focus on cross cutting activities. However, these should cover the culture and media sectors and not only the media sector

  • The proposed peer learning and networking activities among cultural and creative organisations and policy makers are much welcome. This would be strengthened by adding ‘policy transfer’ to go beyond peer learning and allow cultural actors to implement and adapt for their local context practices that have proven successful elsewhere

  • We ask for a long-term Culture for Cities and Regions programme. The number of applications (above 400) we have received to participate in Culture for Cities and Regions’ activities clearly shows that cities need long-term European peer learning and policy transfer schemes to help them overcome the challenges highlighted above.