Video conference of ministers of culture, 19 May 2020

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EU Ministers responsible for matters relating to Culture held a videoconference on 19 May 2020.

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Ministers held an exchange of views about the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic on the cultural and creative sectors. The discussion took place in the context of the gradual lifting of restrictions and the lessons learnt since the start of the pandemic. The discussion also focused on possibilities for resuming cultural programmes and activities without putting in jeopardy the health of artists and the audience.

Ministers agreed that it was necessary to apply maximum flexibility in the implementation of the Creative Europe programme and its financing post-2020. In particular, they highlighted the need to ensure a level-playing field. Ministers suggested to include measures to support the cultural and creative sectors in the EU recovery initiatives. They also exchanged views on how various EU programmes could be used to support both sectors. The importance of digitalisation and development of online platforms was also highlighted. Ministers stressed the crucial role of media and reliable information and the need to ensure support for the audiovisual sector.

The Croatian presidency thanked member states for their contribution to finalising the Council conclusions on risk management in cultural heritage, Council conclusions on media literacy in an ever-changing world and Council conclusions amending the Work Plan for Culture (2019-2022).

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