MEPs approved the biggest ever budget for the 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 pandemic, Parliament and the Council agreed on a €2.5 billion budget for 2021-2027 in December 2020. MEPs approved the agreement during the May plenary session

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 building 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; enhancing 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.

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 with disabilities, minorities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as supporting female talent.