“Creative Europe will open up international opportunities and audiences for artists and professionals”
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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. Next year, we will have in place Creative Europe, the new programme for the cultural and creative sectors for the next seven years, which is strengthened with a new loan guarantee facility for cultural and creative operators and an overall increased budget. I am not saying that we are where we should be. There is still a lot to be done and the challenges are many. (...) The new Creative Europe Programme will open up international opportunities and audiences for artists and professionals of the sector by establishing sustainable networks, supporting emerging talent and facilitating access to financing. Support for culture must be part of integrated strategies for development at all levels: local, regional, national. The structural funds are there to support smart investments. It is of paramount importance that this opportunity is not missed for culture. (...) Cultural institutions must take properly research the needs of audiences and build a community of followers. (...) Culture is the vehicle of our shared values, our legacy of the past and our responsibility for the future. Culture can certainly nourish 'a new narrative for Europe'. (Speech at the opening of the 3rd edition of the European Culture Forum, Brussels, 4 Nov. 2013)
European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth
Androulla Vassiliou