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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. 

As of Friday 8 December 2017, as part of the conclusion of the first stage of negotiations, the UK Government agreed a potential financial settlement with the EU that will enable the UK to continue to benefit from EU programmes, including Creative Europe.

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 until December 2020.  
  • UK organisations will have exactly the same rights and obligations as other countries participating in the Creative Europe programme until the end of 2020. 
  • 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.

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:

  • 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. Many of these benefits are highlighted in the UK Parliament's inquiry report 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.