A recovery budget for Europe needs support for culture

April 29, 2020, 12:22 pm

The unprecedented Covid-19 outbreak, unfolding global interdependence, requires forward-looking and bold actions on all fronts. The European Union Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027 will be an integral tool in revitalising the European societies. It is vital that the future MFF contributes to transforming the current crisis into a doorway to a sustainable future, granting space for democracy, fair social and economical models that guarantee citizens well-being. Culture must be part of this transformation.

Following the meeting of the European Council on 23 April 2020, the European Commission has been tasked to come up with a revised MFF proposal by the 6th of May 2020, which integrates a recovery fund for Europe in the already existing MFF proposal, while increasing its financial envelope. The EU institutions and the Member States need to make such emergency packages also available to cultural and creative sectors, while keeping the specificities of already existing programmes.

Culture Action Europe continues to #actforculture advocating for a substantial and sustainable support for culture in a recovery budget for the future of Europe. We reiterate our call to put culture at the centre of the (revised) MFF by doubling the budget for Creative Europe and ensuring at least 1% of the whole long-term budget across policy fields and MFF programmes is earmarked for culture.

We call on the European Institutions and the Member States to recognise culture as an integral part of the economic, social and environmental recovery plan for Europe within the new MFF and thus support the highly-affected CCSs with at least 7% of the Recovery Fund which is set to front-load money over the first programming years.

Read Culture Action Europe’s position on the post-coronavirus 2021-2027 MFF here.

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