EU budget 2014-2020 and its impact on culture.
Mrs Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, reacted to the agreement which was reached by the European Council on 8 February 2013 on the next EU budget.
She stressed the decreasing of the overall EU budget for the first time ever but highlighted that the suggested allocation for the “Creative Europe programme” supporting cultural and creative industries – a high contributor to jobs and growth in Europe – would mean an increase of about 12%.
Our colleagues of the “we are more” campaign (a Europe-wide advocacy campaign that calls for an increased support by the EU to culture, heritage and the arts in the next EU budget – that Europa Nostra endorsed in 2011) also released a post-agreement statement stressing that the result for Heading 3, which provides funding for citizenship, culture, rights, security, etc., represents an increase compared to the 2007-13 EU budget but at the same time a reduction by 15% of the European Commission’s proposal. As a whole, Heading 3 represents less than 1,8% of the overall EU budget.
The Parliament has still to discuss this new budget proposal before it is put to a final vote in a few months’ time.
Mrs Vassiliou’s comment: