EU on Course to Double Culture Budget from 2021

December 1, 2018

The proposed €1.4bn increase in funding, which will be debated again next month, would be funded by an increase in member state contributions.

European politicians have added an extra billion Euros to the EU’s proposed culture budget for its next funding round, meaning that the current allocation would double from 2021.

At a plenary meeting in Strasbourg last week, members of the European Parliament agreed to the €400m increase already put forward by the European Commission earlier this year, and recommended this further significant expansion.

The new position would take funding for the Creative Europe programme from the €1.4bn currently available to €2.8bn for the years 2021-27.

The European parliamentary committee on culture and education wrote that spending had to be scaled up to address “chronic underfunding” for creative projects in the current funding round and to ensure the cultural and creative industries become a “cross-cutting priority” of EU programmes.

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