Recently, addressing the EU Culture Forum,President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani stated that “culture, more than our economy, is the glue which holds Europe together and must be the starting point of our efforts to revitalise our Union.”
The signatories of this letter, drafted on an initiative of Impala, want to remind the representatives of the European Commission, European Council and the European Parliament the place of culture in the EU budget ahead of the presentation by the European Commission of its draft Regulation for the post-2020 MFF in May 2018.
We are urging the EU to give a significant and much-needed boost to the EU’s budget dedicated to culture.
Culture’s contribution to the social, economic and artistic development of Europe has been fully attested, substantiating the EU added value of cultural investment. Cultural and creative sectors are significant drivers for sustainable growth and job creation and generate major spillover effects for other industrial sectors, placing them among the EU’s main assets.
At a time when the EU is trying to overcome the current investment gap, and prepares for the shortfall created by Brexit in the next EU budget, we need to capitalise on our strengths.
The Commission also has a duty to consider cultural and creative sectors as a horizontal priority within EU funding schemes and programmes . Given their strategic role in the EU’s economy and their crucial impact in European society, cultural and creative sectors should also be able to benefit from sources of EU funding outside Creative Europe, such as the EU’s structural and investment fund, COSME and Horizon 2020 programmes, education and enlargement/neighbourhood policy and programmes.
Please read and forward this letter to your colleagues, partners but also to your national parliaments and governments!