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2018

 

 

26.07.18

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Ten-Point Reflection on the European Commission’s proposal for a Regulation establishing the Creative Europe programme (2021-2027)

 

The points are presented on behalf of the performing arts sector. Elaborated by IETM and co-signed by Circostrada, EDN, ETC and In-situ.

Creative Europe, the current EU programme for cultural and creative sectors, has proven its potential to build interpersonal bonds and emotional engagement beyond national frontiers. These are the strongest glue of the European project and the undeniable foundation for a shared European future. Artistic mobility and cooperation across borders are vital when it comes to nourishing mutual understanding, solidarity, and thinking beyond national paradigms. The need for international exchange is insufficiently addressed at Member State level, and some of the current political developments, both within the EU and beyond its borders, even hinder mobility and cross-border partnerships. Therefore, a European programme for culture is essential to continue to promote international cooperation and mobility of cultural operators and artworks.

 

Read the full ten-point reflection paper

 

 

20.06.18

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European Commission’s proposal for the EU future budget: ETC sides with the European Alliance for Culture

                             

 

The ETC and the European Alliance for Culture and the Arts welcome the European Commission’s proposal for the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027, which maintains Creative Europe as a self-standing programme, with an increased budget € 1.4 billion to €1.8 billion.

However, in the current state of the EU, looking at the political, economic and societal challenges, we strongly believe that the cultural sector needs a more significant boost, and therefore call on the European Parliament and the Council for a double increase of Creative Europe’s budget. All the more so, there are additional measures and schemes foreseen to be added to Creative Europe (mobility fund for artists, sectorial funding schemes).

Read the statement here

 

 

 

30.05.18

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New proposals for Europe Cultural Agenda and for Creative Europe Programme

The European Commission released on 22 May 2018 a new European Agenda for Culture which focuses on 3 strategic objectives: 

  • to harness the power of culture and cultural diversity for social cohesion and wellbeing, by promoting cultural participation, mobility of artists and protection of heritage
  • to support jobs and growth in the cultural and creative sectors, by promoting arts and culture in education, boosting relevant skills, and encouraging innovation in culture
  • to strengthen international cultural relations, by making the most of the potential of culture to foster sustainable development and peace

Read the text here

 

This week, the Creative Europe Programme proposal for 2021-2028 has also been released. The European Theatre Convention welcomes this proposal and its intention of extending the fundings to European cultural networks in the future. The programme is focusing on new opportunities for cross-border cooperation and cross-border projects, as well as on mobility and digital transformation in creative sectors. 

Read the fact sheet here

Read the full proposal

 

 

09.04.18

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IMPALA - Boosting the European Union Culture Budget - A call from Europe's cultural & creative sectors

The ETC, Impala and 66 organisations from across Europe’s cultural and creative sectors call on the EU to give a significant boost to its culture budget.

Read the letter here

 

 

12.02.18

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ETC supports Culture Action Europe "1% for Culture" Campaign

Culture Action Europe, the European network of cultural organisations and individuals, launched a campaign fighting for a fair and commited EU culture budget.

Stating that "Creative Europe, the main EU programme dedicated to culture, represents 0.14% of the EU total budget (2014-2020), out of which only one third (31%) is earmarked for culture", Culture Europe is advocacing for a raise to 1% of the European Union budget dedicated to culture. The ETC wholeheartedly agree with this campaign and gives its full support.

Read more about the campaign

 

31.01.2018

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Call for a substantial and meaningful support for culture and the arts as generators of an EU added value

                             

 

The European Theatre Convention signed the statement of the European Alliance for Culture and the Arts, a call on the European institutions and Members States to ensure substantial and meaningful support for culture and the arts post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework.

“Education and culture are the key to the future both for the individual as well as for our Union as a whole.” European Commission President J.-C. Juncker, 14 November 2017 (1)

Having followed the Commission’s high-level conference on the future MFF-framework on 8-9 January 2018 as well as discussions in the European Parliament, the European Alliance for Culture and the Arts calls on the European institutions and Members States to ensure substantial support for culture, the arts and heritage within the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).

In the current state of the EU, looking at political and societal challenges, we strongly believe that the cultural sector needs a significant boost. Considering the horizontal and overarching nature of culture, we recommend an increased future culture budget of 1% of the total expenditure of the Union, including a specific programme for culture, equally accessible to a wide range of organisations and artists. 

On 8 January 2018, the Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Günther Oettinger stressed the need of a future EU budget prioritising programmes which bring an EU added valueand are beneficial for the key pillars Future, Innovation and Youth.

Throughout the last two years, the European institutions and several Heads of State have repeatedly underpinned the capacity of culture and the arts to deliver a true added value for a strong, inclusive and economically prosperous Europe*; culture has been recognised as a powerful driver of innovation and creativity, and a vector for youth development and civic engagement.

Considering these commitments and the recognition of culture, the future MFF is an opportunity to translate them into action, reinforcing the support for culture and the arts and transforming the EU into a truly united and solidary community.

Concretely, alongside traditional funding schemes for culture, specific financial instruments and extra funding schemes are to be allocated in the MFF. This includes the implementation of the EU cultural diplomacy, a more prominent role of the cultural sector in EU R&D funding schemes and in the EU structural and cohesion funds post 2020 as well as a cross-sectorial approach linking the cultural and creative sectors with the education system and other economic sectors.  

  

Read the full statement here

 

(1) Ahead of the EU Leaders’ meeting on education and culture which took place on 17 November 2017