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EU outlines Creative Europe support measures for the COVID-19 crisis

On 8 April, EU Ministers of Culture held an informal video meeting with Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, to discuss the impact of coronavirus on the European creative, cultural and screen sectors. This video conference also covered sector-specific actions under the Creative Europe programme, which will offer support during the COVID-19 crisis. 

In this press conference, Mariya Gabriel gave a summary outline of the announced measures being put in place, with an emphasis on maximum flexibility to support Creative Europe applicants and beneficiaries at this challenging time:

  • Maximum flexibility within the exiting guidelines for ongoing and planned Creative Europe activity
  • Further deadline extensions to allow more time for finalising applications
  • Clear instructions to Creative Europe Desk teams on how the force majeure clause will be invoked
  • Special support measures for hardest-hit cinemas via €5m in the form of vouchers for cinemas most affected by the lockdown
  • € 2M call published in May redirecting work for the support scheme of the cross-border dimension of the performing arts works for digital culture and virtual mobility. This fund will reach creative and cultural sectors as soon as possible. 
  • Speeding up the selection procedure for the last Literary Translations call, with additional funding for book translations 
  • Speeding up the evaluation of the 2020 Cooperation Projects call

  • Exploring how to adapt the Creative and Cultural financial Guarantee Facility to mitigate the effects of the crisis
  • Creating a platform for member states and the sector itself to put forward their own proposals for solutions to the crisis

The full press conference video is available to watch here, with Mariya Gabriel’s presentation at 6 mins 30.

EU Culture ministers will continue their discussion at the Council of the Ministers of Culture on May 19, and we will share updates on the measures when these are available.

If you have any questions about the impact of the pandemic on UK Creative Europe activity, please read our coronavirus guidance article, or get in touch.

Image credit: EU Commission, Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth