Why this campaign?
The EU budget faces a tough challenge to fund more with less. The U.K.’s departure will leave an approximate €12 billion annual gap in the EU budget that needs to be covered. Emerging new priorities, mainly in the areas of defense, migration and border control, will also require more funding. Günther Oettinger, the European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, proposed a combination of fresh money and cuts across all EU programmes, with the exception of Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020. Culture brings EU added value and deserves additional European funding.
What will the budget for culture look like post 2020? Will there be funding allocated to a specific cultural programme in the next programming period? As the negotiations over Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) move forward, we call the European cultural sector to become loud and visible and support our demands to:
! Double the budget available for culture in absolute terms ! #Double4Culture
Creative Europe, the main EU programme dedicated to culture, represents 0.14% of the EU total budget (2014-2020), out of which only one third (31%) is earmarked for culture. Despite its high implementation rates, the programme is hindered by low and decreasing application success rates, due to its significant popularity and insufficient finances. Thus, a great number of high quality projects are without the deserved support. Furthermore, these very limited resources are re-allocated towards a new and ever wider range of initiatives. Given the relevance and efficacy of the programme and the need for increasing its budget, new resources should be provided independently of possible mergers with other programmes.
! Ensure that at least 1% of the next MFF is allocated to culture across policy fields and funding programmes ! #Commit1%
Robust evidence exists on the impact of culture across a range of EU policies, from health and well-being, to innovation, growth and jobs, external relations, cohesion and migration, education, and the promotion of democratic principles (as shown by the Culture Action Europe impact review, “The Value and Values of Culture”).
In view of the polarising trends within Europe there is a need to strengthen structural and cohesion funds through a fresh approach to cultural development. Growing polarisation at a global level calls for an urgent implementation of the “Strategy for international cultural relations”. Current and future challenges require investment in culture as an area of European Research and Innovation policy due to its contribution to tackle societal challenges and foster innovation, growth and jobs. The future of work, increasingly shaped by the digital shift, will require the decisive pursuit of synergies between culture and education, both in formal education and lifelong learning. Therefore, the European institutions and Member States should ensure that at least 1% of the next MFF is allocated to culture across policy fields and funding programmes, following the recognition by the Council of the European Union of the crossover impact of culture and its transversal contribution to other policy domains in its 2015 Conclusions.
WE INVITE YOU TO USE THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS, POSITION PAPERS AND GUIDELINES DEVELOPED BY CAE TO PUT FORWARD THE CASE FOR CULTURE IN DISCUSSIONS WITH THE POLICY MAKERS AT EUROPEAN, REGIONAL AND NATIONAL LEVEL.
- A shared European future is only possible with sustainable and substantial financial support for culture | CAE position on the post-2020 MFF
- The Value and Values of Culture – Executive Summary
- The Value and Values of Culture – Impact Review
- Belonging and Becoming: A cultural response to the White Paper on the Future of Europe and the accompanying reflection papers
- CAE Core Recommendations to Completing the Public Consultation on EU Funds in the Area of Values and Mobility
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