Approval of Creative Europe programme by European Parliament: easier access to funding for culture and creative industries   The European Parliament approved the Creative Europe  programme on 18 November 2013, the Council of Minister (the other legislator) will adopt it on 5 December 2013, and the regulation will be published before the end of the year. Entry into force of Creative Europe is now scheduled for the beginning of 2014.   -> read more <- Survey shows fall in cultural participation in Europe   Is Europe becoming a less cultural continent? The findings of a new Eurobarometer survey on cultural access and participation – the first on the topic since 2007 – suggest this may be the case. Although there are marked differences between Member States, in general fewer Europeans are engaging in cultural activities, as performers or spectators.   -> read more <- President Barroso: “Culture is the cement that binds Europe together.”   Culture is, and always has been, the cement that binds Europe together. It is an essential part of the very foundations of our European project and must remain firmly entrenched in our ideals if we are to succeed in achieving a more united, a stronger and open Europe.   -> read more <- Commissioner Vassiliou: “Creative Europe will open upinternational opportunities andaudiences for artists and professionals.”   In the last years, we have worked together to set out a strategic vision, to ensure adequate funding and to continue evolving a regulatory environment favouring creativity and innovation. Our dialogue and cooperation has brought fruit. For the first time, we have a comprehensive strategy for the cultural and creative sectors, with the Communication we adopted last year.   -> read more <-
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