Written by Magdalena Pasikowska-Schnass (5th edition, updated on 17.06.2021).
Having considered the possibility of merging the Creative Europe programme with other programmes supporting European values, rights and justice, the European Commission has decided to continue the Creative Europe programme as a stand-alone programme, increasing its budget by 17 %. The only programme focusing exclusively on cultural and creative activities and enterprises, it falls under the ‘Cohesion and values’ heading of the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework.
The previous programme focused on the economic dimension of the cultural sector and its contribution to job creation and economic growth. Some stakeholders had voiced concern at taking such a strongly economic approach to culture. Under the new programme, the economic dimension is one axis alongside the social dimension, as well as culture’s contribution to international relations. The new framework for cultural policy therefore highlights not only the economic dimension of the cultural and creative sectors, but also the role of culture in social cohesion and its relation to creative and artistic freedom and diversity, and freedom and plurality of media.
The Parliament, Council and Commission started trilogue negotiations in autumn 2019. After an almost year-long break, the negotiations resumed in the second half of 2020 when the Council, the Commission and the EP reached a common agreement. The new programme was then finally adopted in May 2021, but applies with retroactive effect from 1 January 2021.
- June 2021: ‘Creative Europe programme 2021-2027‘ (5th edition)
|Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Creative Europe programme (2021 to 2027) and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1295/2013|
|Committee responsible:||Culture and Education (CULT)||COM(2018) 366
|Rapporteur:||Massimiliano Smeriglio (S&D, Italy)||2018/0190 (COD)|
|Shadow rapporteurs:||Tomasz Frankowski (EPP, Poland)
Shaffaq Mohammed (Renew Europe, UK)
Magid Magid (Greens/EFA, UK)
Christine Anderson (ID, Germany)
Elżbieta Kruk (ECR, Poland)
Martina Michels (GUE/NGL, Germany)
|Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)|
|Next steps expected:||Regulation (EU) 2021/818
OJ L 189, 28.5.2021, pp. 34–60
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