Creative Europe is the European Union’s framework programme for support to the cultural and audiovisual sectors. The current Creative Europe Programme for 2014-2020 has a budget of EUR 1.46 billion and the programme includes three main strands: culture, media and cross-sectoral. The aim of the programme is to support the European audiovisual, cultural and creative sectors by promoting emerging artists. It will also strengthen European networks to help cultural and creative sectors to operate innovatively and cooperate in a transnational environment. It will translate high quality European literature to increase accessibility and increase financial funds. It will promote European creative industries through film festivals and video game development, among other measures. The Commission’s proposal is to continue the Creative Europe Programme by establishing Creative Europe 2021-2027.
In their Comment, the EEA EFTA States note with satisfaction that the Commission’s proposal identifies the EEA EFTA States together in a specific category and specifies that the Creative Europe Programme 2021-2027 shall be open to the EEA EFTA States in accordance with the conditions laid down in the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement.
The EEA EFTA States support the continuity of the general programme objectives from the current Creative Europe Programme to the future Programme as stated in the Commission's proposal. Maintaining the three strands: culture, media and cross-sectoral creates an overarching stability in the continuation of the programme. Further, the EEA EFTA Member States propose to explore synergies between the Creative Europe Programme and the EEA and Norway Grants in the area of culture. However, the EEA EFTA States are concerned that the future revision of the ‘Level Playing Field’ mechanisms of the media strand may produce adverse effects in determining the category for high production capacity countries.
Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are all currently in the process of examining their possible participation in the proposed new Creative Europe Programme 2021-2027.
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