Creative Europe 2014 - 2020
It is called Creative Europe and is the European program to support the cultural and creative sectors for the 2014-2020 period and replaces the previous Culture, MEDIA and MEDIA Mundus programs.
The cultural and creative sectors represent the extremely rich and diversified European cultural heritage and play a particularly important role at a time when Europe is striving to get out of the current economic crisis, helping to create growth and employment. With a total budget of 1,462 billion euros Creative Europe:
- helps the cultural and creative sectors to seize the opportunities offered by the digital age and globalization;
- it allows the cultural and creative sectors to reach their economic potential, contributing to sustainable growth, job creation and social cohesion;
- facilitates access by European cultural and creative sectors to new and international opportunities, markets and publics.
Creative Europe consists of:
- a MEDIA Sub-program, to support audiovisual sector initiatives, such as those that promote the development, distribution and access to audiovisual works;
- a Culture Sub-program, to support cultural sector initiatives, such as those promoting transnational cooperation, networks, platforms and literary translations;
- a Cross-Sector Section, divided into two parts: the Guarantee Instrument for the Cultural and Creative Sectors, managed by the European Investment Fund (operational since 2016) in order to facilitate access to credit for small and medium enterprises in the sector;
- support for studies, analysis, data collection and experimental projects to promote transactional political cooperation.
- The Creative Europe Program was designed by the European Commission to respond to 2 general objectives and 4 specific objectives.
- Protect, develop and promote European cultural and linguistic diversity;
- Strengthen the competitiveness of European cultural and creative sectors, in order to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
- Support the ability of European cultural and creative sectors to operate at transnational and international level;
- Promote the international circulation of cultural and creative works and the transnational mobility of operators;
- Sustainably strengthen the financial capacity of SMEs and organizations in the cultural and creative sector;
- Support transnational political cooperation to foster policy development, innovation, creativity, public development, new business and management models.
- The program also supports initiatives that pursue similar goals, such as the European Capitals of Culture, the European Heritage Label, the European Heritage Days and five European Union Awards (European Union Award for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, European Union Prize for Literature, European Border Breakers Awards and the EU Prix MEDIA).
Source: official website of the Program
For further information on Creative Europe, check the Program section on the European Commission website:: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/creative-europe/index_en.htm
or the section dedicated to the Program on the EACEA website - Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/creative-europe_en