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Statement on funding for culture and creative industries during the recession
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19/03/2010 00:00:00

With regard to misrepresentations about funding under the EU Culture programme, we would like to draw your attention to the following facts:

The EU has not earmarked 366 million pounds for culture projects in 2010. The figure relates to the whole seven-year budget period (2007-2013) and covers the 34 countries participating in the EU Culture programme (EU27 + Croatia, FYROM, Iceland, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Turkey).

The European laboratory for hip-hop dance has not received a £900,000 grant. The actual sum was £45 000 - 95% less than the amount cited in a newspaper report today.

All EU funded projects are subject to a rigorous selection process by independent experts. They are co-financed which means that not only the EU, but also the member state in question has found them worth supporting.

We do not agree with the argument that culture and creative industries should be excluded from EU funding during a recession. This funding is creating thousands of jobs, especially for small businesses. The culture and creative sector employs five million people across Europe. By supporting it the EU is nurturing growth and is in fact helping Europeans to cope with the difficult economic situation.

In April, the European Commission will launch a major public consultation on "Unlocking the potential of the culture and creative industries". It will focus, among other things, on ways to stimulate private investment and how to improve the business environment for the sector.

    The cultural industries include performing arts, visual arts, cultural heritage, film, DVD and video, television and radio, video games, new media, music, books and press. This concept was defined in the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions.

    Creative industries include architecture and design, graphic design, fashion design and advertising.

     

    For more information, please contact the London press office on 020 7973 1971.

    Please note: all amounts expressed in sterling are for information purposes only.

     

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