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Update on Creative Europe and the outcome of the EU referendum

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

Following the EU referendum result there are no immediate material changes to the current arrangements for those who have successfully applied, are currently being assessed, or are planning to apply for Creative Europe funding. 

The UK will continue to participate in Creative Europe as normal until it leaves the EU (until the leave negotiations reach a conclusion or two years from the invoking of Article 50 – whichever is earlier). We currently envision that UK applicants will be eligible at least until the end of 2018.

The European Commission has released a brief statement and has confirmed that there is no negative bias against UK applicants: "As long as the negotiations about the conditions of the UK's withdrawal from the EU will not have dealt with the issues linked to the Creative Europe programme, UK organisations have exactly the same rights and obligations as any other participants in the Creative Europe projects within the countries taking part in the programme."

The UK Treasury has provided further reassurance that it will underwrite the payments of multi-annual projects selected for support while the UK is still a member of the EU even if the projects continue beyond the UK’s exit from the EU. Creative Europe is defined as an EU fund for which UK organisations apply on a competitive basis. We will update our guidance as soon as any further information becomes available. Please sign up to our newsletter for updates.

Our services to the UK’s creative professionals continue as usual and prospective applicants to Creative Europe are encouraged to get in touch with us for advice and join us for our forthcoming events.

Key facts about Creative Europe:

  • To date (2014 – 2016), Creative Europe has supported 283 UK cultural and creative organisations and audiovisual companies, as well as the cinema distribution of 115 UK films in other European countries, with grants totalling €57 million.  
  • There are many benefits that Creative Europe brings to the UK’s creative industries, from developing the sector’s capacity to innovate, reach new audiences and share skills to fostering collaboration and building international networks. We highlighted the benefits in detail in an inquiry submission on Brexit and the creative industries.
  • 87% of creative professionals believe the audiovisual, creative and cultural sectors would benefit from continued participation in Creative Europe and its successor programme, according to the independent Creative Europe Survey: Value and Impact in the UK.
  • Participation in Creative Europe is not restricted to EU member states. There are currently 10 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.