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Brussels, 5 December 2013
Commission welcomes approval of Creative Europe by Council
Member States in the Council today approved Creative Europe, the new programme supporting the cultural and creative sectors. With a budget of nearly €1.46 billion over the next seven years, a 9% increase on current levels, Creative Europe will give thousands of people in cinema, TV, culture, music, performing arts, heritage and related areas the opportunity to increase their international visibility in Europe and beyond. The new programme was adopted by the European Parliament on 19 November (IP/13/1114) and is due to be signed by the Parliament and Council on 11 December. The programme will enter into force in January.
Welcoming today's adoption, Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, said: "Creative Europe is great news for Europe's film industry, for culture and the arts, and for the public. It will help our dynamic cultural and creative sectors to generate new jobs and contribute more to the EU economy. It will also enable thousands of talented artists to reach new audiences, while also promoting cultural and linguistic diversity. In addition to providing considerable levels of grant support, our financial guarantee facility will boost access to private funds for hundreds of small companies," she added.
Creative Europe builds on the success of the Culture and MEDIA programmes, which have supported the cultural and audiovisual sectors for more than 20 years. It includes a Culture sub-programme, which supports performing and visual arts, heritage and other areas, and a MEDIA sub-programme, which provides funding for the cinema and audiovisual sector. It will also support policy cooperation and the new financial guarantee facility, which will be operational from 2016.
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