EU boost for culture 


MEPs have approved the biggest ever budget for the EU's culture and creative sectors - €2.5 billion for 2021-2027.

Creative Europe is the only EU programme that exclusively supports the culture and audiovisual sectors. After a rough period for artists and the whole sector because of restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, Parliament and the Council agreed on a €2.5 billion budget for 2021-2027 in December 2020. MEPs approved the agreement during the plenary session in May 2021.

€2.5 billion  ; Budget for culture

Better response to different sectors and their needs

To be able to respect the specific nature of different sectors and respond better to their needs, Creative Europe is divided into three different strands:

Culture focuses on networking, transnational and multi-disciplinary collaboration in cultural and creative sectors and fostering a stronger European identity and values with special attention for the music sector, as negotiated by MEPs.

Media is dedicated to stimulating cross-border cooperation, mobility and innovation; increasing the visibility of European audiovisual works in the new environment; and making it attractive to different audiences, especially young people.

Cross-sectoral aims to encourage innovation, support cross-sectoral projects, the exchange of the best practices and address common challenges.

Creative Europe also supports: 
  • European Heritage Label 
  • European Heritage Days 
  • European prizes for music, literature, heritage and architecture  
  • European Capitals of Culture  

Support for activities with EU added value

Creative Europe will support activities that promote common EU roots, cultural diversity and cross-border cooperation.

Promoting inclusion and gender equality

MEPs ensured a focus on inclusion and gender equality, promoting the participation of people living with disabilities, minorities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as supporting female talent.