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Ukraine joins the Creative Europe programme

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Ukraine has become the third neighbourhood country to join Creative Europe, the EU programme for support for the cultural and creative sectors. Ukraine follows Georgia and Moldova, who joined in early 2015.

Being part of Creative Europe will allow cultural and creative organisations to collaborate with partners from all over Europe and access funding for cultural cooperation projects, literary translation schemes, and cultural networks and platforms.

The Ukrainian audio-visual sector will also benefit from funding for training, festivals, audience development and market access activities.

The agreement was signed today in Kiev by Tibor Navracsics, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, and Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, the Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Culture. Speaking of the agreement, Tibor Navracsics said:

"I am proud to welcome Ukraine in the Creative Europe family. This will strengthen its cultural and creative sectors economic and artistic capacity and deepen people-to-people contacts between Ukraine and other countries participating in Creative Europe."

"Ukraine has already played a constructive role in building the cultural dimension of our partnership with Eastern neighbourhood countries. Today's agreement comes as a complement to this and will strengthen our cooperation."

As part of the same visit, Tibor Navracsics met Arseniy Yatseniuk, the Ukrainian Prime Minister, Serhiy Kvit, the Minister of Education and Science and Igor Zhdanov, the Minister of Youth and Sport to discuss cooperation in the field of education, culture, youth and sport.

Ukraine's joining of Creative Europe comes in the context of the development of an EU strategy for cultural diplomacy that will aim to enrich and deepen the EU's external relations.