Opinion Factsheet  

Restart of Cultural and Creative Sectors

Opinion Number: CDR 4616/2020
Rapporteur: VARACALLI Giuseppe
Commission: SEDEC
Status: Adopted
Date: 05/02/2021
Speak with a strong voice in support of the cultural and creative sectors (CCS), seriously affected by the COVID-19 crisis, and call for a culture of solidarity in the recovery phase;
Ensure that cities and regions are aware of measures and initiatives put in place for CCS in the EU, and make practical suggestions on how CCS can better participate in the latest proposals for Creative Europe, Horizon Europe, REACT EU, SURE, CRII+, the European Guarantee Fund, etc;
Argue for special attention to be paid to culture and cultural heritage in the next programming period to ensure that CCS are considered a priority at national level and allow for synergies with other policies and structural funding;
Propose a continuous dialogue with CCS organisations in the development of easy-to-use support schemes for CCS and mobilise innovation and education within a dynamic territorial ecosystem;
Promote culture as a key driver for strengthening the European identity and argue for it to have a more prominent place in the discussion on the Future of Europe.

- points to the need to inform local and regional governments even more effectively of the measures and initiatives put in place for the CCS in the EU, establishing during this period greater monitoring of the CCS at local and regional level and recognising local and regional competences in the field of cultural policy;

- would like to see the promotion of EU calls for proposals that, among other things, provide more support for projects promoting the social role of culture, experimentation, and innovation in contemporary visual arts, aimed at the regeneration of peripheral, rural or vulnerable urban areas;

- welcomes the decision to facilitate participation of small-scale cultural projects in the Creative Europe Programme by achieving substantial simplification of bureaucratic procedures, mostly in the application stage; recommends furthermore integrating investment from the various EU funds in culture, simplifying the procedures involved and increasing, where provided for, the possibility of co-financing to up to 80% for projects undertaken by small players, opening up the possibility of foundations, banks and institutions covering the remainder;

- calls for the inclusion of the CCS in REACT-EU and the EU’s instrument for temporary support to mitigate unemployment risks in an emergency (SURE), thus preventing the costs of culture weighing on the budgets of cities and regions, which have already suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic;

- stands ready to contribute to the elaboration of a "Status of European artist", in cooperation with the European Parliament, paying particular attention to the mobility of artists in the remotest European regions.

- welcomes with interest the new European Bauhaus initiative, considering it necessary to nurture a new European aesthetic based on a societal need for beauty, on the interlinkages between existing realities, regeneration and the environment, and on the development and implementation of environmentally sustainable materials, taking as an example the work done by the Superstudio Group in Milan.