Call to boost the EU culture budget

April 10, 2018, 10:30 am

Together with 66 organisations from European cultural and creative sectors, Culture Action Europe send a letter to President Juncker asking for the boost in the EU culture budget.

In this letter we urge the EU to give a significant and much-needed boost to the EU’s budget dedicated to culture. The cultural and creative sectors provide more than 12 million full-time jobs (7.5 % of the EU’s work force), and create approximately €509bn in value added to GDP (5.3 % of the EU’s total GVA). This is to be contrasted with the €1,4bn allocated to the EU support programme for culture, Creative Europe, over a period of 7 years, which represents 0,15% of the overall EU budget.

Culture’s contribution to the social, economic and artistic development of Europe has been fully attested, substantiating the EU added value of cultural investment. Cultural and creative sectors are significant drivers for sustainable growth and job creation and generate major spillover effects for other industrial sectors, placing them among the EU’s main assets.

This letter also supports and extends calls Culture Action Europe puts forward as part of its 1% for Culture Campaign. Supporting culture is supporting Europe, sign the CAE manifesto here.