The Creative Europe report was unanimously adopted in the Cult Committee on the 20th of February. Silvia Costa, the S&D rapporteur, obtained support for the inclusion of a general objective promoting the intrinsic value of culture, a double budget increase, the re-introduction of European added value, as well as stronger synergies with other programmes and mobility of artists and circulation of works as advocated by CAE and its members.
The EP’s final text also includes other CAE proposed amendments. For example, the inclusion of a wider definition of beneficiaries by including “cultural practices, whether those activities are market or non-market oriented” and more ambitious programme objectives such as artistic cooperation through an enhanced role of artists and cultural operators, the promotion of quality European cultural and artistic production, cultural and artistic education, and the safeguarding the freedom of artistic expression.
Compromise amendments in relation to contentious issues such as indicators and the proposed European Observatory for Culture and Creative Sectors have been resolved by the inclusion of a new objective focusing on developing quantitative and qualitative sectoral data, as well as the formulation of an appropriate framework of indicators for each programme strand (qualitative and quantitative) together with the sector.
Trilogues, where the final programme is agreed with the Council and the Commission, are not expected to start under the current Romanian presidency.
CAE also attended the roundtable on Creative Europe support to innovation in the cultural and creative sectors on 20 February. The roundtable, hosted by DG CONNECT, gave the cultural, creative and audiovisual sectors the initial opportunity to feed into the development of the Creative Innovation Lab that has been proposed under the cross-sectoral strand of the next cycle of Creative Europe. This is the beginning of an ongoing process that will establish the scope and direction of the Lab, which will have a relatively small initial budget of 50 million euros.
The Committee of the Regions also put forward an Opinion on Creative Europe on 7 February, emphasising the need for appropriate distribution of resources across European regions and for the maintenance of a horizontal approach.