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Joint call to boost Creative Europe

05 November 2018

ELIA signed a letter with 56 other organisations from across the cultural and creative sectors ahead of the vote of today of the Budget committee on the next EU MFF 2021-2027.
The call welcomes the report proposal to increase the Creative Europe budget to €2.8bn and therefore support a much-needed boost to the only EU programme dedicated to cultural and creative sectors, the Creative Europe.
This ambition is shared by MEP Costa in her report on Creative Europe, as well as by MEP Grammatikakis in his report on a New European Agenda for Culture. 
Culture and creativity are among Europe’s strongest assets. Their contribution to the social, economic and artistic development of Europe fully justifies the added value of EU investment in culture
But these sectors remain structurally underfinanced. As highlighted in the impact assessment accompanying the investEU proposal, the financing gap for creative SMEs and micro organisations across Europe is estimated to be somewhere between €8bn and €13bn.
At 0,16% of the MFF, the Creative Europe budget is by no means proportionate to these sectors' contribution, and the programme has very low success rates. 
ELIA and the other 56 organisations hope to see the support of the MEP vote today for the proposed increased budget for Creative Europe.

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