[oberlist] EU# source: The Culture Strand of the Creative Europe Programme 2014-2020

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The Culture Strand of the Creative Europe Programme 2014-2020

The Institute for International Relations (IMO), headquarter of the
Culturelink Network, was commissioned by the European Parliament Culture
and Education (CULT) Committee to provide expert commentary and analysis
on the nature and implications of the proposed Culture Strand of the
Creative Europe Programme 2014-2020 – its strengths, weaknesses,
opportunities, and threats. The document takes the form of a critical
overview of the proposed Creative Europe Programme (Section 1), a deeper
analysis of the implications of the proposal for various stakeholders
(Section 2), reflections on the programme (Section 3), and a series of
recommendations for consideration and action (Section 4).

The work was carried out during June and July 2012. The goals of the
Creative Europe Programme are framed in an ambitious way, with the biggest
shift expected to happen through the newly introduced Cross-sectoral
Strand, which, as indicated in the document, remains the weakest point of
the new Programme, as it is still unclear how both segments of this Strand
are going to be put in place. Regardless of the future developments
concerning the Cross-sectoral Strand, in the long run, the question of the
merger of the two programmes (Culture and Media) will have an impact in
terms of the long-term policy approach of the EU, instead of favouring one
sector over the other in the short-term administrative framework.

The document concluded that if the key policy stakeholders are convinced
of the idea and concept of the Creative Europe Framework Programme with
its three strands, and the fact that this can contribute to advancing the
position of the growing but fragile Creative and Cultural Sector (CCS) and
ensure improved outcomes and efficiencies of the sector, it will be
crucial that all stakeholders insist on adopting and launching the
Programme as proposed by the Commission, but including necessary
clarifications and improvements. It is clearly felt to be essential for
the CCS to generate a sufficient critical mass to keep cultural actions
alive, and give them more political leverage and mainstream positioning in
the EU policy and programme landscape.

The document was written by Colin Mercer, Nina Obuljen and Jaka Primorac,
and coordinated by Aleksandra Uzelac. Ilona Kish and Biserka Cvjeticanin
provided comments to the document as peer-reviewers.
The Culture Strand of the Creative Europe Programme 2014-2020. Note.
European Parliament, Directorate General for International Policies,
Policy Department B: Structural and Cohesion Policies, Culture and
Education, 2012, 51 pp.

The document is available at: www.europarl.europa.eu/studies



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