Supporting Creative Europe’s future in the UK

While UK organisations and companies continue to be eligible to submit applications to Creative Europe for now, the UK’s role in the programme after the EU exit remains uncertain. 

Many political and sector representatives from the UK and other European countries are calling for UK participation in Creative Europe to continue.

The following list highlights some of the campaigns and recommendations being made. 

Our Shared European Future

What is it? 

A set of recommendations for Brexit negotiators, which were developed after consultation with leaders in education, science and research, arts and culture. Facilitated by the British Council, the recommendations have received over 500 official endorsements from people in 28 European countries. 

What does it say about Creative Europe’s future? 

 “The monetary and non-monetary benefits to European societies and economies emanating from EU-funded programmes, such as Erasmus+, Horizon 2020, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions and Creative Europe, are major. We urge EU and UK leaders to ensure UK institutions and individuals remain eligible to access these and future multilateral framework programmes. We equally recommend that the UK government makes appropriate financial contributions to ensure their continued effectiveness and impact.”

How do I find out more? 

You can read the full set of recommendations, see the list of endorsers and endorse the recommendations yourself on the British Council website

Creative Industries Federation’s ‘Red Lines on Brexit’

What is it? 

UK sector body the Creative Industries Federation set out ‘Red Lines’ on Brexit in areas including funding, talent and skills, freedom of movement and IP. 

What does it say about Creative Europe’s future? 

“We call on government to continue to participate in EU programmes, such as Creative Europe, Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+. These programmes have been pivotal in facilitating partnerships, as well as providing investment, that have enabled the UK’s creative industries to innovate and thrive.”

How do I find out more?

Read the Red Lines on Brexit in tandem with the Creative Industries Federation's Brexit report.

Creative Europe: Value and Impact in the UK

What is it? 

A survey report looking at answers given by 620 creative professionals on questions about Creative Europe and its impact.

What does it say about Creative Europe’s future? 

The survey showed that 87% of respondents believe the audiovisual, creative and cultural sectors would benefit from continued participation in Creative Europe and its successor programme.

How do I find out more?

Take a look at the survey report in full.

The Cardiff Declaration

What is it?

A ‘Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions’ political statement signed by political representatives from 20 regions for actions to address the impact of Brexit and calling for continued strong relationships and cooperation between the UK and nations and regions across Europe post-Brexit.

What does it say about Creative Europe’s future? 

“The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions… underlines our strong interest in seeing continued participation of the UK nations and regions in other EU programmes after Brexit, including the successor programmes to Horizon 2020, Erasmus+ and Creative Europe.”

How do I find out more?

Download the Cardiff Declaration.

Oxera Report: Impacts of Leaving the EU on the UK’s Screen Sector

What is it?

A report produced by Oxera prepared for the BFI’s Screen Sector Task Force.

What does it say about Creative Europe’s future? 

"The loss of Creative Europe funding would be likely to result in a reduction in the output and employment of the industries that receive the funding today. Creative Europe funding often enables producers to acquire other sources of financing. Furthermore, the loss of networking opportunities for producers, distributors and cinema owners will reduce the amount of EU-produced content shown in the UK and the ability of UK producers to sell their content into the EU."

How do I find out more?

Download the Oxera report

BSAC's Recommendations on the UK’s New Arrangements with Europe

What is it?

A set of recommendations to government made by the British Screen Advisory Council (BSAC) which sets out priority areas for the Brexit negotiations with regards to the UK screen sector. 

What does it say about Creative Europe’s future? 

"Schemes such as [Creative Europe] not only provide sources of funding, but also act as a forum for producers and researchers to test ideas in an international context and draw on their partners’ creative input. Non-EU countries are often able to participate in such schemes, and we would encourage the Government to commit to the UK’s continuing participation in them."

How do I find out more?

Read the recommedations in the BSAC report.

Image: Agnieszka Moody, Creative Europe Desk UK Director, speaking on the future of Creative Europe at the COLLABORATE! Forum on International Working.