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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, the UK Government has now agreed a financial settlement with the EU that will enable the UK to continue to benefit from EU programmes - including Creative Europe - until the current Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) ends in December 2020.

The UK will then pay a proportion of the outstanding EU commitments made during the budget period known as the ‘reste à liquider’ (RAL). This means that UK organisations can continue to bid for and receive funding until the end of their projects across of a range of EU funding.

The announcement means that UK organisations can now continue to apply to take part in forthcoming Creative Europe calls until the end of the current Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). In light of this, our advice for UK organisations and other European partners is to continue applications as normal for forthcoming Creative Europe calls. During this period UK organisations will have exactly the same rights and obligations as any other participants in the Creative Europe projects within the countries taking part in the programme.

Creative Europe Desk UK can provide guidance on this 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. 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.