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Update on New EU Programmes

04 July 2013

The three EU Institutions, the European Parliament, the European Union, and the European Council of Ministers, agreed on the future budget of the Union 2014-2020 on 26 June.

An agreement on the next multiannual financial framework (MFF) between the three institutions was finally reached thanks to a special meeting between EC President Barroso, EP officials and the Irish Presidency. Following a clash between the Irish Presidency and the EP negotiating team the week before, the outcome of the negotiations was a relief. The clash was caused by a premature announcement of an agreement by the Council, which was interpreted as a political manipulation by the EP and which finally resulted in the demission of one of the two EP rapporteurs on the MFF, Reimer Böge (Germany/EPP). With the agreement, all EU institutions have now agreed that the global EU budget for 2014-2020 will be 960 billion Euros and following the agreement the relevant institutions will now proceed to agree on the detailed budgets for the individual policies and programmes, including 'Creative Europe', Horizon and Erasmus+.


Forget about the Lifelong Learning Programme or about Erasmus for All.  The programme  has a new name  - Erasmus+ - for the new European Education, Youth and Sports Programme, which replaces the Lifelong Learning Programme, including programmes such as Tempus and Erasmus Mundus and Youth in Action.
The three Erasmus+ action lines will be:
Key action 1 for mobility;
Key action 2 for strategic partnerships between education and the business sector, such as  Knowledge Alliances for higher education and  Sector Skills Alliances  vocational education; Key action 3 for policy reforms.
The European Parliament and the Irish Presidency have reached an agreement but the European Parliament still has to vote on the agreement. Erasmus+ is expected to have a budget of approximately 16 billion euro.


The new programme for 2014 to 2020 will bring together the current Culture programme, Media programme and Media Mundus programme in a single structure, with the addition of a third 'Strand' including a financial guarantee mechanism designed to encourage banks to lend to initiatives focusing on the cultural and creative sector, also including loans to relatively small initiatives of artists. This instrument will only be implemented from 2016. Internally the draft work programmes should be ready and hopefully over the summer more details will emerge on what Creative Europe is going to offer. The budget for the new programme is slated to be €1.6 billion (an increase of 30%) for the period 2014-2020, subject to a final agreement.

The Creative Europe Programme aims to help European cultural and creative industries become more competitive, take advantage of the digital shift and create more international careers and jobs. It seeks to safeguard and promote European cultural and linguistic diversity. Specific objectives include: strengthening the sector's capacity to operate beyond national borders by reinforcing relations and networks between operators; promoting transnational circulation of works and operators, to reach new audiences in the EU and beyond; strengthening financial capacity; supporting transnational cooperation to promote policy development, innovation, audience building and new business models. Recently the European Parliament added cultural heritage to the list of priorities. Hopefully the first call for proposals will be in autumn 2013.


After more than one and a half year of negotiations, the final phase of preparation of Horizon 2020 is nearing. It is scheduled to be voted on in September’s plenary of the European Parliament. Creative Europe Commission officials have said that the draft work programmes are ready internally at this time and that over the summer more information on the specific action lines will be provided. The expectation is that the first calls for proposals will be published in December 2013. The indicative budget of 70 billion euro for Horizon 2020 will stand for now, but is subject to the final agreement.

Please contact Truus Ophuysen, ELIA Senior Advisor, at truus.ophuysen@elia-artschools.org for further information. 

Further Reading

To stay update on the latest news and developments regarding these programmes visit EurActiv - the European Union Information Website

To read about the positions from the cultural sector on Creative Europe visit Culture Action Europe

To look over discussions in the European Parliament click here

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