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ELIA Advocacy and Funding Update May 2020

12 May 2020

ELIA Calls on Policy Makers to Support the Cultural Sector

In recent weeks ELIA has been active on behalf of our members advocating support for the cultural sector which has been deeply affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Supporting positive actions, ELIA has signed multiple letters to policy makers in Europe and beyond. The latest of these have focused on recovery, urging for ambitious measures to help the sector through this crisis and into a more sustainable cultural ecosystem.


The European Commission is in the process of presenting a new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) proposal. This is referred to as a key instrument for the recovery of Europe from the COVID-19 crisis.

ELIA co-signed a joint call with 82 European cultural networks: Europe’s cultural and creative sectors call for ambitious EU budgetary measures to get through the COVID-19 crisis. On May 5th this was sent to European policy makers.

ELIA supports Culture Action Europe’s position paper on the post-coronavirus 2021-2027 MFF: A Recovery Budget for the Future of Europe Needs Sustainable and Substantial Financial Support for Culture

Before the coronavirus took hold, ELIA had been advocating for a substantial budget for education and research in the MFF, joining EUA’s #EUInvestInKnowledge campaign. ELIA has co-signed the call: Seize our common future.

ELIA is joining forces with other cultural sector organisations through more initiatives:

Supporting Culture Action Europe’s ongoing exchange with Commissioner Gabriel on measures to increase flexibility of the Creative Europe programme during and after the pandemic. The Commission already made available a Q&A document for beneficiaries. Read Culture Action Europe’s letter (20 April)

Endorsing the Culture2030Goal statement, published on April 20th, which addresses governments and decision makers worldwide: Ensuring Culture Fulfils its Potential in Responding to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Participating in ENCATC’s COVID-19 Networks Meeting. ELIA’s Executive Director Maria Hansen contributed to ENCATC’s collective brainstorm on how joining forces can better serve our sector in these challenging times. ELIA has also joined the Think-Tank that resulted from this meeting.

Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) Applications

The ECHE 2021-2027 application deadline is fast approaching: 26 May 2020. As ECHE grants eligibility for Erasmus+ funding between 2021 and 2027, most Higher Arts Education institutions in Europe are in the process of finalising their applications. To support institutions who want to include their ELIA membership and activities in their ECHE application, the ELIA team has created a document which provides various suggestions. Read here

Other EU News

The European Commission will soon present an updated Digital Education Action Plan, which takes into account developments caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will keep you updated on further developments.

The European Commission launched the Skills & Education Guarantee Pilot. This is a EUR 50 million pilot scheme aiming to improve access to finance for individuals and organisations looking to invest in skills and education. More information on the official website.

European University Association published a new position paper: “The future of the European Universities Initiative. The sector’s perspective”

A new Eurostat report has been published on the EU 2020 strategy education targets. Read full report

More Covid-19 Resources

In addition to the resources listed in ELIA’s April Advocacy Update, here is a list of new knowledge hubs and mapping initiatives:

- UNESCO Culture and COVID-19: Impact and Response Tracker, series of short publications.
- European Commission: How the EU responds to the coronavirus outbreak in support of the cultural and creative sectors EU response for Culture
- Creative Flip: Creatives Unite Artists and Creatives Community Covid-19 Resource Platform, launched on May 5th.
- CULT Head Sabine Verheyen live on FB discussing the impact of the coronavirus crisis on young people and the EU’s creative industry.
- Eurydice article about this year’s issues regarding entrance exams and admittance of secondary education graduates into higher education.
- Agenda 21: The cultural mobilization of cities and local governments in the COVID-19 crisis
- Compendium: The compendium in times of covid-19, reports for different countries.

Ongoing surveys:
- KEA: Survey mapping emergency measures for CCS [COVID-19]
- Resartis and UCL: COVID-19: Impact Survey on the Arts Residencies Field

We intend to keep our members updated with relevant funding and advocacy information on a monthly basis. Please visit www.elia-artschools.org for more details about ELIA's upcoming events and activities.



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