European Cultural platforms/Green Paper on Cultural Industries

In order to implement its three strategic objectives (promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, promotion of culture as catalyst for creativity in the framework of the Lisbon strategy and promotion of culture as a vital element in EU external relations), the European Agenda for culture introduced cooperation methods with various stakeholders. The Commission proposed that civil society should concentrate its work within two platforms on two topics of the European Agenda for culture: access to culture and cultural and creative industries.
The platforms produced a set of policy recommendations, presented and discussed in a broad Cultural Forum in September 2009. In April 2010, the Commission issued a Green Paper on Unlocking the potential of cultural and creative industries (based also on the recommendations by the platforms) and a related consultation; in September 2010, the Commission launched a consultation on the review of the Culture programme after 2013.
In reaction to the Green Paper, the European Parliament started an own initiative report, also called Unlocking the potential of cultural and creative industries, by MEP Marie-Thérèse Sanchez-Schmid (EPP, France). The report was adopted by the Culture Committee of the EP in March 2011 and was voted in Plenary in May 2011.
In November 2011 DG EAC proposed a single “Creative Europe” framework programme for the years 2014 – 2020. The proposal includes separate strands for Culture, MEDIA, a cross-sectoral strand (the latter includes a financial instrument for the cultural and creative sectors (CCS)). The programme will complement EU culture policy by reaching cultural operators directly and thereby helping bring about systemic change in terms of EU policy priorities.
The current multi-annual financial framework attributed to the programme an amount of € 1,6 billion for the period 2014-2020, out of which € 180 million are currently foreseen for the financial instrument.

  • FEP took part in the two cultural platforms and actively contributed to the working group on creativity within the platform access to culture and to the working groups on legal environment, mobility and interface artist-industry within the cultural and creative industries platform.
  • FEP expressed its concerns on the importance to encourage the creation of innovative content and to respect intellectual property rights and pleaded for the platform to adequately voice the concerns of the cultural industries regarding regulatory measures taken both at European and national levels and to develop structural policies to support cultural industries.
  • FEP worked with the platform on cultural and creative industries in order to issue a common position on the new proposed “Creative Europe” funding programme for culture. FEP issued its own position, supporting the proposed increase in budget for culture as well as ongoing support for literary translation and circulation of literary works.
  • FEP actively participated in workshops organised by the cultural and creative industries platform with the themes of digital distribution and production as well as finance and taxation.
  • On 6th October European Commission published draft regulations for the next generation of Structural Funds. FEP worked with the cultural and creative industries platform on the paper expressing the concern with regard to the absence of reference to cultural and creative sectors in the European Commissions’ draft regulations for the next generation of Structural Funds. The position was presented to President Barroso.
  • On 20th and 21st October FEP attended the European Culture Forum organised by the European Commission which addressed some of the most topical questions for culture in the current context of economic crisis and globalisation. Platforms presented the recommendations addressed to the European Institutions and Member States. Through policy recommendations and public advocacy, the platform aimed to highlight the fundamental role of cultural and creative industries in Europe and unlock their full potential.
  • On 23rd November the European Commission announced its detailed proposal for ’Creative Europe’, the new programme for the cultural and creative sector
  • On 1st February FEP attended the Official Opening Ceremony of the EU-China Year of Intercultural Dialogue
  • On 10th May the Culture Council held a debate on the “Creative Europe” programme. FEP is working with the platform on culture and creative industries on the response to the debate. FEP had also scheduled a meeting with the rapporteur on the Programme – MEP Silvia Costa and presented its position to other MEPs.