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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. 

UK organisations remain fully eligible to apply to Creative Europe at least until the UK leaves the European Union.

The latest European Commission guidance states: "Please be aware that eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, you will cease to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible, to participate) or be required to leave the project on the basis of Article II.16.3.1 (a) of the grant agreement."

This builds on the Commission's earlier advice that there is no negative bias against UK applicants taking part in Creative Europe: "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 Government has provided further reassurance that it will underwrite the payments of projects submitted while the UK is still a member of the EU even if the projects continue beyond the UK’s exit from the EU. This includes proposals submitted before exit, which are only informed of their success following exit; and proposals which are informed of their success but, at the point of exit, have not signed a grant agreement. Creative Europe is defined as an EU fund for which UK organisations apply on a competitive basis.

In light of this, our advice for UK organisations and other European partners is to continue applications as normal for forthcoming Creative Europe calls. We can provide guidance on this, including how to mitigate any risks, as part of our usual advice on applications, so get in touch.  We will update our guidance as soon as any further information becomes available.

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. 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. 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.