The Culture Programme is the only instrument of the European Union exclusively dedicated to support arts and culture. During its 10 years of existence as a unified tool, it has supported a vast number of key initiatives that have both contributed to the development of the sector, and of its co-operations across Europe and beyond. The Culture programme has also demonstrated weaknesses that need to be corrected. The next Culture Programme will therefore have to be bold, aligned with the overall strategy launched by the European Agenda for Culture, and embedded in the overall vision of sustainable and inclusive growth outlined by the Europe 2020 strategy. Its objectives will have to be refocused, its design and management improved, and its budget increased.
Statement on the next EU Culture Programme - Creative Europe:
Culture Action Europe, in the framework of the we are more – act for culture in Europe campaign welcomes the European Commission’s proposal for Creative Europe but calls for an improved recognition of the social dimension of arts and culture and the importance of risk taking and experimentation.
Previous statements on this campaign objective
This first set of position papers was developed in connection with the EC consultation on the next Culture Programme in 2010-2011.
Download a summary of the position paper in English (published 18 February 2011)
Download a summary of the position paper in French (published 18 February 2011)
Download the full position paper in English (published 10 February 2011)
Download the full position paper in French (published 10 February 2011)