Creative Europe

  • Education, Training, Culture and Youth
  • Information, Communication and Media
BUDGET: € 1 462,72 million (2013 prices) € 1.923,7 million (2011 prices)

To foster the safeguarding and promotion of European cultural and linguistic diversity; to strengthen the competitiveness of the cultural and creative sectors with a view to promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

  • To support the capacity of the European cultural and creative sectors to operate transnationally;
  • To promote the transnational circulation of cultural and creative works and operators and reach new audiences in Europe and beyond;
  • To strengthen the financial capacity of the cultural and creative sectors, and in particular small and medium-sized enterprises and organizations;
  • To support transnational policy cooperation in order to foster policy development, innovation, audience building and new business models.

Creative Europe programme is open to the participation of the following countries provided that the conditions are met, including those contained on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services for the MEDIA strand, and additional appropriations are paid: acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidates benefiting from a preaccession strategy, in accordance with the general principles and general terms and conditions for the participation of those countries in Union programmes established in the respective Framework Agreements, Association Council Decisions or similar agreements; EFTA countries which are members of the EEA, in accordance with the provisions of the EEA Agreement; The Swiss Confederation, on the basis of a bilateral agreement to be concluded with that country; countries of the European neighbourhood area in accordance with the procedures defined with those countries following the framework agreements providing for their participation in European Union programmes.


The programme consists of the following strands: I. Cross-sectoral Strand addressed to all cultural and creative sectors The Cultural and Creative Sectors Facility facility access to finance for small- and medium-sized enterprises and organizations in the European cultural and creative sector; capacity of financial institutions to assess cultural and creative projects, including technical assistance and networking measures. Transnational policy cooperation transnational exchange of experiences and knowhow on new business models, peerlearningactivities and networking among cultural operators and policy makers related to the development of the cultural and creative sectors, anticipations skills and jobs’ tools; market data, studies; testing of new and cross-sectoral business approaches to funding, distributing, and monetising creation; conferences, seminars and policy dialogue; support to the national members of the Creative Europe Desks network. II. Culture Strand addressed to the cultural and creative sectors: cooperation measures bringing together operators from different countries to undertake sectoral or cross-sectoral activities; activities by European bodies comprising networks of operators from different countries; activities by organisations providing a promotional European platform for the development of emerging talent and stimulating the circulation of artists and works, with a systemic and large scale effect; support for literary translation; special actions aiming to achieve greater visibility for the richness and diversity of European cultures, and stimulate intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding, including European cultural prizes, the European Heritage Label, and the European Capitals of Culture. III. MEDIA Strand addressed to the audiovisual sector: support the development of a comprehensive offer of new skills acquisition, knowledge sharing and networking initiatives; support audiovisual operators to develop European audiovisual works with enhanced crossborder circulation potential; support activities aiming at facilitating European and international co-productions including television; facilitate access to professional audiovisual trade events and markets and the use of online business tools inside and outside Europe; establish systems of support for the distribution of non-national European films on all platforms and for international sales activities; facilitate circulation of European films worldwide and of international films in Europe on all platforms; support of European cinema owners’ network screening a significant proportion of non-national European films, including the integration of digital technologies; support initiatives presenting and promoting a diversity of European audiovisual works; support activities aiming at increasing knowledge and interest of audiences; support innovative actions testing new business models and tools in areas likely to be influenced by the introduction and the use of digital technologies.


In order to implement the programme, the Commission shall adopt annual work programmes. The annual work programmes shall set out the total amount of the financing plan. They shall also contain a description of the actions to be financed, an indication of the amount allocated to each action and an indicative implementation timetable. For grants they shall include the priorities, the essential evaluation criteria and the maximum rate of co-financing.

RESPONSIBLE BODY: DG Education and Culture
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