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The new Creative Europe programme

The new Creative Europe programme (2021-2027) puts stronger emphasis on transnational creation, innovation, mobility for artists and professionals as well as actions targeting sector-specific needs.This programme has been launched with the adoption of the first annual work programme.

With its 3 sub-programmes, the Culture strand, the MEDIA strand and the Cross-sectoral strand, Creative Europe aims to

  • enhance artistic and cultural cooperation at a European level

  • encourage the competitiveness, innovation, and sustainability of the European audiovisual sector

  • promote cross-sectoral innovative and collaborative actions, including support for media literacy and a diverse, independent and pluralistic news media environment

The formal adoption of the legal basis of the programme is expected in early June and the first calls for proposals will be announced in the coming weeks.

For the period 2021-2027, the programme’s budget is an estimated €2.44 billion, compared to €1.47 billion for 2014-2020.

With this increased budget, the Creative Europe programme will be more inclusive, more digital and environmentally more sustainable.


The 2 main objectives of Creative Europe are to

  • safeguard, develop and promote European cultural and linguistic diversity and heritage

  • increase the competitiveness and economic potential of the cultural and creative sectors, in particular the audio-visual sector


The main novelties of the programme are

  • stronger emphasis on transnational creation and on innovation

  • easier access to funding through higher co-financing rates (greater contribution levels from Creative Europe for projects)

  • emphasis on support to EU-level cooperation to enhance the competitiveness of the European audiovisual sector at a global level

  • mobility scheme for artists and professionals

  • actions targeting sector-specific needs


In 2023, the Creative Europe programme pursues its support to the cultural and creative sectors considering the still challenging context post-COVID.



One of the main novelties of the programme is Culture Moves Europe, the new mobility scheme, that is expanding in 2023, offering a residency action targeting host organisations. In addition, Creative Europe continues supporting platforms that make European works and emerging artists in Europe and beyond more visible and widely accessible.

The Culture strand pursues its support for specific sectors by allocating 20% of the cooperation budget to finance projects in sectors such as music, architecture or books. In 2023, new initiatives flourish to encourage reading all over Europe.


In 2023 MEDIA continues increasing cross-border cooperation through its grants, in order to scale up audiovisual enterprises and to enhance the competitiveness of European audiovisual production at European and global levels.

MEDIA continues the implementation of the flagship actions of the Media and Audiovisual Action Plan such as developing the MediaInvest equity investment platform, strengthening Virtual and Augmented Reality and fostering European media talents.


In 2023, the Cross-Sectoral strand pursues the changes incorporated in 2022 to reflect new objectives, including support for transnational policy cooperation and outreach; a Creative Innovation Lab to test innovative digital solutions for the cultural and creative sectors; and support to the transformation of the news media.

Creative Europe launched in 2016 a dedicated Guarantee Facility (CCS GF) to make a cooperation between financial institutions and SMEs from creative sectors easier. Since 2021, it has been integrated within the new InvestEU



After a first phase from 2014 to 2020, Tunisia will joined the negotiations for its membership in the second phase of the Creative Europe 2021-2027 programme.

"A new Creative Europe 2021-2027 programme has been adopted. Tunisia will therefore enter a negotiation phase for its accession," said Marcus Cornaro, EU Ambassador to Tunisia, on Thursday.  Speaking at the start of the "Creative Europe meetings", at the Ennejma Ezzahra Palace in Sidi Bou Saïd, the European diplomat said that "the new multi-annual budget voted in December 2020 is € 2.2 billion, a jump of 36%".

The "Rencontres Europe Créative" are organised on May 27 and 28 by the Europe Créative Tunisia desk, under the aegis of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs. The aim is to present the results of two years of partnership within the framework of the Europe Creative Programme, which Tunisia joined in July 2017, and the prospects for its membership in the new phase.

Marcus Cornaro considered it "important for Europe to support a sector that has been particularly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of cinemas, theatres and exhibition venues".

Presenting the orientations of the 2021-2027 programme, he said that Creative Europe will have new priorities which consist in encouraging "music and literary translation, female artists, as well as the inclusion of disabled and socially marginalised audiences".


In the light of the overall results recorded over the last two years, the ambassador expressed the hope that Tunisia would "continue to participate in this programme", citing "encouraging figures" recorded since the country joined Europe Creativity.

This programme constitutes "a solid tool for Tunisian cultural diplomacy and for promoting the country's wealth and talents on the international scene", the ambassador said.


Around the assessment of the actions of this programme in Tunisia, the ambassador presented the total amount of grants awarded to Tunisia, which are estimated at over €655,000.

According to the figures presented, the assessment of the Europe Creative Tunisia programme includes 12 selected projects and 39 structures from 15 European countries that have collaborated with Tunisia.

The integration of the ecological aspect in cultural projects, the promotion of freedom of expression, the participation in social cohesion and the support to digitalisation are priority values for the EU, shared with Tunisia and reinforced in the framework of the Europe Creative programme.

For Habib Ammar, Acting Minister of Cultural Affairs, "we have won our bet", in this step which "marks the completion of the first phase of the Creative Europe 2014-2020 programme".

The Minister welcomed "a great success" for Tunisia as the only South Mediterranean country, outside the European continent, to be a member of the programme. "This status confirms the Tunisian exception and the great results achieved are only proof of this," he added.

He stressed that "this success was possible thanks to an exemplary collaboration with our European partners". In this respect, he cited the projects carried out by associations, civil society and creative companies that have succeeded "in forging exemplary partnerships with their European counterparts".

More than "a simple funding mechanism, Europe Creativity is a driving force for progressive transformation in the cultural sector. "said the Minister. He recalled that Tunisia's participation in the first phase of this programme has "enabled the exploration of new cultural niches with high artistic and entrepreneurial potential. ".

Regarding the benefits of this partnership for the entire cultural and artistic scene, the Minister affirmed the political conviction that "Tunisia's membership will have a positive impact in the years to come".

Creative Europe is the European Commission's framework programme to support the cultural and audiovisual sectors. Tunisia is the only Arab, African and South Mediterranean country to be part of Europe Creative, a programme dedicated to 41 countries including 13 non-EU countries.

Twelve projects carried out within the framework of Europe Creative Tunisia have received funding of around 2 million dinars for the period 2018 to 2020. These projects belong to the "culture" sub-programme and the "media" programme, which are the main sub-programmes of Creative Europe Tunisia.


On 11 May 2017, Tunisia signed the association to the Creative Europe programme, which enables Tunisian cultural and audio-visual operators to participate fully in the Culture sub-programme and partially in the MEDIA sub-programme (participation limited to training, film festivals, film education, and market access activities). Since March 2022, Tunisia takes part in Creative Europe for the 2021-2027 period.

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