European Commission proposes budget increase for Creative Europe post-2020

The European Commission has proposed to increase funding for the successor programme to Creative Europe by 27% to €1.85 billion.

More detailed information can be found in the proposed regulation and annexes as well as in the related press release and factsheet also published by the European Commission.

The new programme, which is set to run from 2021 – 2027, aims to reinforce the EU's cultural and creative sectors and looks to remain focused on three areas:


€1 billion will fund audiovisual projects and stimulate competitiveness in the audiovisual sector in Europe. The MEDIA programme will continue to support the development, distribution and promotion of European films, TV programmes and video games and more money will be invested in the international promotion and distribution of European works and innovative storytelling, including virtual reality. An online directory of EU films will be created to reinforce the accessibility and visibility of European works. In addition, the Europa Cinemas network could be geographically extended and new networks created in other areas of activity, such as video-on-demand or festivals, with the aim to increase audiences.


€609 million will be allocated to promoting Europe's cultural and creative sectors. Cooperation projects, networks and platforms will be set up to connect talented artists across Europe and make it easier for creators to co-operate across borders. There will be increased focus on creative industries: music, architecture, fashion and design.


€160 million will fund SMEs and other organisations working in the cultural and creative sectors. The funding will also be used to promote cultural policy cooperation across the EU, to promote a free, diverse and pluralistic media environment, and to support qualitative journalism and media literacy.

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, said:

"Our support for the cultural sectors is essential in helping Europe's industry foster its competitiveness. A strong audiovisual sector, which we can achieve through Creative Europe's MEDIA programme, will bolster European culture, identity and diversity, and will help reinforce our common values of media freedom and pluralism".

Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, said:

"Culture has always been at the heart of the European project. It is what brings people together. The cultural and creative sectors also have a crucial role in driving economic and social development, and they enable us to build strong international relations. We have big ambitions for culture, and a strong Creative Europe will enable us to make them a reality. I call on all Member States and the European Parliament to back this approach."

Next steps

The proposal will now undergo scrutiny by member states and the European Parliament with a view of adopting the final text before European parliamentary elections in May 2019.