?Investing in our future“: 90 European institutions call for more cultural funding

A proposal by the European Parliament aims to increase the budget of the Creative Europe programme supporting the cultural and audiovisual sectors to €2.8bn. In an open letter, 90 European cultural institutions, including ERIH, adopted this initiative and underlined the urgent need for increased cultural funding. The letter is addressed to Donald Tusk, the outgoing President of the European Council, as well as to all MEPs in the Culture and Education and Budget committees.

Currently, the Creative Europe Fund accounts for only 0.15 % of the total EU budget. According to the open letter, this is by no means proportionate to the cultural sectors’ contribution to the EU economy, which stands at €509bn in value added to GDP and over 12 million full-time jobs (equivalent to 7.5 % of the EU’s work force).

"Our culture and our talents", says the letter, "support artistic freedom and media pluralism, which are crucial for maintaining open, inclusive and creative societies." Nevertheless, the signatories complain that culture is low on the EU's political agenda and remains structurally underfinanced. As evidence, it is cited that the financing gap for small and medium-sized cultural enterprises alone is estimated to be somewhere between €8bn and €13bn.

The letter concludes with a strong plea: ?Our common values and our unique cultural diversity lie at the center of our collective European project and are the best ambassadors for the EU’s global influence in the world. Investing in our culture is investing in our future. Let's show a high level of ambition and shape a brighter future for Europe".

open letter

This website uses cookies

五福彩票 临海市 湖北省 钟祥市 大同市 兰溪市 湘潭市 松滋市 铁力市 彭州市 厦门市 宜春市 邹城市 彭州市 山东省 金昌市 平度市 海南省 双滦区 忻州市 葫芦岛市 十堰市 平度市 潞城市 临沂市 阜新市 普兰店市 汉川市 兴城市 都匀市 枣庄市 安达市 烟台市 高邮市 梅河口市 江油市 白银市 丰城市 孝义市 石首市 池州市 葫芦岛市 福建省 金华市 梅河口市 胶州市 上虞市 大石桥市 江阴市 吉首市 大庆市 铁力市 深州市 山西省 厦门市 项城市 永州市 原平市 明光市 耒阳市