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Creative Europe Brexit update

As part of its remit, Creative Europe Desk UK encourages international and especially European working, and believes in the strength of collaborating across borders. 

As part of the conclusion of the first stage of negotiations in December 2017, the UK Government agreed a financial settlement (the Joint Report) with the EU that will enable the UK to continue to benefit from current EU programmes, including Creative Europe.

A press conference between David Davis and Michel Barnier on 19 March confirmed that UK organisations can continue to apply for EU programme funding until the end of the current programme in 2020, as originally agreed in the Joint Report.

The UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has advised that, in principle, this means:

  • UK organisations can continue to apply for the forthcoming Creative Europe MEDIA and Culture sub-programme calls. 
  • UK organisations will have exactly the same rights and obligations as other countries participating in the Creative Europe programme until the end of the current programme.  
  • Successful Creative Europe applicants from the UK can receive funding until the end of their projects (even if they run beyond 2020).

Please note that the UK-specific clause inserted in all guidelines is a safeguarding measure for the event of a 'no deal' scenario. 

In the event that there is ‘no deal’ by the end of the negotiations, the UK Government has provided reassurance that it will underwrite the payments of awards where UK organisations bid directly to the EU on a competitive basis for EU funding projects while the UK is still a member of the EU even when specific projects continue beyond the UK’s exit from the EU.

(This however currently does not guarantee that the UK partners on selected projects remain to be considered as eligible by the European Commission.)

In light of this, our advice for UK lead and partner organisations and other European partners is to continue applications as normal for forthcoming Creative Europe calls. 

Creative Europe Desk UK can provide guidance on this as part of our usual advice on applications, so get in touch.  Please sign up to our newsletter for updates.

Key facts about Creative Europe:

  • During its first four years (2014-2017), €74 million has been awarded to 334 UK-based cultural and creative organisations and audiovisual companies, and helped distribute 145 UK films in other European countries, with grants totalling €57 million.  
  • Creative Europe’s benefits far exceed the monetary grant funding. Our report on the impacts of Creative Europe in the UK shows the programme’s powerful effect on building international networks, growing audiences, generating jobs and skills, and much more.
  • The benefits of Creative Europe are also highlighted in the UK Parliament's inquiry report on Brexit and the creative industries
  • Participation in Creative Europe is not restricted to EU member states. There are currently 11 non-EU countries that have either partial or full participation. These include EEA countries such as Iceland and Norway as well as neighbouring countries such as Serbia and Albania. You can see the full list on the EACEA website. These countries must still comply with certain EU regulations and policies and pay a financial contribution in order to participate.