Regulation (EU) 2021/818 establishing the Creative Europe Programme (2021 to 2027)

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Publication Date 28/05/2021
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Regulation (EU) 2021/818 - formally adopted by the co-legislators on 20 May 2021 - establishing the Creative Europe programme for the period 2021-2027. This is a text with EEA relevance.

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The Regulation lays down the objectives of the Programme, the budget for the relevant period, the forms of EU funding and the rules for providing such funding. It also repeals Regulation (EU) No 1295/2013.

The Creative Europe programme aims to support the European audiovisual, cultural and creative sector. Its funding schemes encourage the audio-visual, cultural and creative players to operate across Europe, to reach new audiences and to develop the skills needed in the digital age. Under this Regulation, the programme reatins its original three strands structure: culture, media a cross-sectoral. The Regulation was drafted in line with the European Commission's Communication on a New European Agenda for Culture.

The draft law was originally tabled by the European Commission on 30 May 2018, in the framework of package on Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the period 2021-2027. It is part of the Investing in People chapter of the overall proposal for the EU's long-term budget. Under this proposal, the programme was subject to a budget reinforcement. On 20 December, the Council of the European Union reached a partial position on this initiative, pending overall agreement on the long-term budget. The European Parliament called for further strengthening of the programme budget, which was later rejected by the European Commission. The Parliament's position was adopted in March 2019.

The Commission adopted revamped proposals on the MFF 2021-2027 in May 2020.  The co-legislators reached an informal agreement on the overall financial provisions in November 2020. Formal endorsement was delivered in December 2020, which was followed immediately by a political agreement on this draft law on 14 December. Following formal endorsement, the Act was signed by the co-legislators on 20 May 2021 and published in the Official Journal on 28 May 2021.

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Open letter to EU leaders from Europe’s cultural and creative sectors on Creative Europe Programme 2021-2027
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Creative Europe UK: News, 30/03/2021: The UK's Participation in Creative Europe
EPRS: At a Glance, May 2021: Creative Europe programme 2021-2027

Proposal for a Regulation establishing the Creative Europe programme (2021 to 2027)
EUR-LEX: SWD(2018)290: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Impact assessment
EUR-LEX: SWD(2018)291: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Executive summary of the impact assessment
European Commission: Programmes: Creative Europe
General Secretariat of the Council: Policies: Creative Europe programme 2021-2027
European Parliament: Legislative Train Schedule: MFF - The Creative Europe programme 2021-2027
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on Creative Europe programme 2021–2027 (2018/0190(COD))
European Commission: Press Release, 30/05/2018: Reinforcing Europe's cultural and creative sectors
European Commission: Remarques de la Commissaire Gabriel sur MEDIA, le volet du programme Europe créative soutenant l'industrie audiovisuelle européenne
EFTA: News, 29/10/2019: EEA EFTA Comment on the Creative Europe Programme for 2021-2027
Creative Europe Desk UK: News, 31/01/2020: The UK's Participation in Creative Europe
European Commission: Press Release, 14/12/2020: Commission welcomes political agreement on Creative Europe programme
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 16/12/2021: Supporting EU's cultural and creative sectors: the Council and the European Parliament reach a provisional deal on Creative Europe 2021-2027
European Commission: Press Release, 15/01/2021: Creative Europe: 30 years of support to European films and cultural and creative media works

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