Opinion Factsheet  

Europa Creativa y Una nueva Agenda Europea para la Cultura

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Opinion Number: CDR 3890/2018
Rapporteur: 
Group: EPP (European People's Party)
Commission: SEDEC
Status: Adopted
Date: 06/02/2019
 
support a qualitative and inclusive Creative Europe programme and plea for a further increase of the budget towards reaching the target of over EUR 2 bn.;
secure some key proposals of the Commission (simplification, inclusiveness and accessibility, including for SMEs; support to mobility; promote diversity; cross-border and transnational cooperation, including with third countries);
highlight the achievements of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 and the need to further valorise and develop its legacy in the future Programme and Agenda;
welcome the central the role for cities and regions in the New Agenda and develop LRAs involvement in devising and implementing the measures at EU level (e.g. in monitoring performance and results);
ensure that local and regional diversity and specificities are taken into account in the allocation of funds for member states and during its process of mid-term review.
The opinion was adopted too recently to assess its impact.
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS



- welcomes the Commission's proposal on the continuation of the current Creative Europe programme as a stand-alone programme, worthy of all actors of the cultural sector. The Creative Europe programme is very important for developing the cultural sector and making it more international, and an increase in the programme's allocation is therefore positive;

- proposes further strengthening the reference to the key role of local and regional authorities in promoting and celebrating the artistic and cultural life of their communities and calls for enhancing the participation of regional and local authorities in the programme;

- underlines the need to ensure the right balance between the allocation of resources for major, large-scale projects and financing measures and activities focused at local and regional level, including by SMEs;

- proposes to set a budgetary target of over EUR 2 billion and underlines the need to better incorporate culture and cultural heritage into the priorities of the next MFF both through mainstreaming and synergies with other programmes and policies;

- welcomes the New European Agenda for Culture as a remarkable and comprehensive policy basis to strengthen European identity through acknowledging the diversity of European cultures, to reinforce the European cultural and creative sectors and their relations with partners beyond Europe;

- underlines that the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 has catalysed a resounding participation on the ground, with thousands of activities taking place across Europe, encouraging the sharing and appreciation of Europe's cultural heritage as a shared resource, raising awareness of history and common European values, and reinforcing a sense of belonging to a common European space.

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Bilateral meetings with EP shadow rapporteurs

The rapporteur met MEP Bogusław SONIK (EPP, PL) and MEP Francis ZAMMIT DIMECH (EPP, MT), the shadow rapporteurs in the European Parliament for "Creative Europe" and the "New European Agenda for Culture" report, respectively.

 
09 Jan
 

Bilateral meeting with the EP rapporteur

The rapporteur met MEP Silvia Costa (S&D, IT), the rapporteur of the European Parliament/CULT Committee for "Creative Europe".

 
21 Nov
 

Meeting AT PERMREP

The rapporteur had a very good meeting with the Counsellor in charge of Arts and Culture files within the AT PERM REP (holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU during the second semester of 2018). Interest expressed by the AT EU PRES in closely working with the CoR on the Opinion and in general on culture and cultural heritage.

 
24 Sep