11 Dec 2019

Creative Europe Programme 2021-2027

Investing in our culture is investing in our future

Open letter to EU leaders from Europe’s cultural and creative sectors

Dear President of the European Council,

Dear Member States representatives,

We are writing as a group of 93 organisations from across Europe’s cultural and creative sectors ahead of the European Council discussions on the future EU budget.

At this key juncture of the negotiations on a future EU Multi-Financial Framework (2021-2027), we call on you to support the European Parliament’s proposed budget for the Creative Europe Programme 2021-2027, the only EU framework Programme dedicated to cultural and creative sectors.

1 Proposal for a regulation establishing the Creative Europe programme (2021 to 2027) and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1295/2013 (COM(2018) 366 final)

2 European Parliament report on a coherent EU policy for cultural and creative industries (2016/2072(INI))

3 European Commission Impact assessment accompanying the Proposal for a Regulation establishing the InvestEU Programme. SWD(2018) 314 final

Today, Creative Europe represents a mere 0,15% of the overall EU Budget. This is by no means proportionate to our sectors’ contribution to the EU economy, which stands at €509bn in value added to GDP and over 12 million full-time jobs (7.5 % of the EU’s work force).

Our culture and our talents support artistic freedom and media pluralism, which are crucial for maintaining open, inclusive and creative societies. Yet, culture is low on the EU’s political agenda, and these sectors remain structurally underfinanced. The financing gap for Europe’s cultural and creative SMEs alone is estimated to be somewhere between €8bn and €13bn.

This is why we welcome the European Parliament’s proposal to increase the Creative Europe budget to €2.8bn. We call on the Council to support this much-needed boost to the future of Europe’s arts, culture and heritage, and the values they promote.

The contribution of Europe’s cultural and creative sectors to the social, economic and artistic development of Europe fully justifies the added value of EU investment in culture.

Our common values and our unique cultural diversity lie at the center of our collective European project and are the best ambassadors for the EU’s global influence in the world.

Investing in our culture is investing in our future. Let’s show a high level of ambition and shape a brighter future for Europe.

The undersigned organisations

1. AEC – Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen


3. AER – Association of European Radios


5. b.creative – the global network for cultural & creative entrepreneurs

6. CEM – Centre Européen de Musique


8. CEPIC – Centre of the Picture Industry

9. CICAE – Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d’Art et d’Essai

10. CAE – Culture Action Europe

11. CEATL – European Literary Translators

12. CILECT – International Association of film and television schools

13. Circostrada Network

14. Cumulus

15. EAA – European Association of Archaeologists

16. EAS – European Association for Music in Schools

17. EBU – European Broadcasting Union

18. ECCD – European Coalition for Cultural Diversity

19. E.C.C.O. – European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers’ Organisations

20. ECF – European Cultural Foundation

21. ECSA – European Composer & Songwriter Alliance

22. EDN – European DanceHouse Network

23. EFA – European Festivals Association

24. EFAITH – European Federation of Associations of Industrial and Technical Heritage

25. EFFORTS – European Federation of Fortified Sites

26. EGDF – European Games Developer Federation

27. EIFB – European and International Booksellers Federation

28. ELIA – European League of Institutes of the Arts

29. EMA – European Museum Academy

30. EMC – European Music Council

31. EMCY – European Union of Music Competitions for Youth

32. EMEE – European Music Exporters Exchange

33. EMMA – European Music Managers Alliance

34. EMU – European Music School Union

35. ENCATC – European Network on cultural management and policy

36. ENCC – European Network of Cultural Centres

37. ERIH – European Route of Industrial Heritage

38. ESNS – Eurosonic Noorderslag

39. ETC – European Theatre Convention

40. European Choral Association – Europa Cantat

41. Eurocinema

42. Europa Cinemas

43. Europa Distribution, The European Network of Independent Film Publishers and Distributors

44. Europa International

45. European Jazz Network

46. Europa Nostra

47. Europavox

48. European Heritage Alliance 3.3

49. European Mozart Ways

50. EUYO – European Union Youth Orchestra

51. Eurozine – European Network of Cultural Journals

52. EWC – European Writers’ Council

53. FEDEC – European Federation of Professional Circus Schools

54. FEP – Federation of European Publishers

55. FERA – Federation of European Film Directors

56. FIA – International Federation of Actors

57. FIAD – International Federation of Film Distributors’ Associations

58. FIAPF – International Federation of Film Producers Association

59. FIM – International Federation of Musicians

60. FSE – The Federation of Screenwriters in Europe

61. GESAC – European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers

62. gigmit

63. IAMIC – International Association of Music Information Centres

64. IAO – International Artist Organisation of Music

65. ICMP – International Confederation of Music Publishers

66. ICOMOS – the International Council on Monuments and Sites

67. IETM – International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts

68. IFPI – International Federation of the Phonographic Industry

69. IMPALA – Independent Music Companies Association

70. IMPF – Independent Music Publishers International Forum

71. IMMF – International music managers forum

72. IMZ International Music + Media Centre

73. INES – Innovation Network of European Showcase Festivals

74. IN SITU – European Platform for Artistic Creation in Public Space

75. Interpret Europe

76. ISFE – The Interactive Software Federation Europe

77. IVF – International Video Federation

78. JM International

79. Live DMA – European Network for Live Music Associations

80. Liveurope – The Live Music Platform for New European Talent

81. Mad’in Europe

82. MCA – Michael Culture Association

83. NEMO – Network of European Museum Organisations

84. On the Move

85. Pearle*- Live Performance Europe

86. REMA – European Early Music Network

87. SAA -Society of Audiovisual Authors

88. SEE Network – South East European Network

89. SHAPE platform

90. Sistema Europe

91. TEH – Trans Europe Halles

92. UNIC – International Union of Cinemas

93. UNIMEI – UNI – Media, Entertainment & Arts

Read and download the PDF version of the Open letter here.