ЕU - Arts, Culture, Development

  • Published: 24 Aug 2015 11:42
  • Author: Intercultura Consult

In the EU, member states differ in their definition of Culture and Creative Indutries (CCI). They support and promote their cultural heritage, artistic legacy or cultural and creative products with specific local policies. There is, however, an agreement among all member states on common goals, which concern the protection, promotion and development of CCI. The joint development vision is defined by an Open Method of Coordination (OMC). Specialist work groups have designed priorities such as:

  1. circulation of cultural products and services

  2. mobility of artists or artworks

  3. interaction with related sectors such as tourism, digital media, training, education etc.

That is why, there is EU support for cooperation and concrete opportunities to engage in international capacity building, training, distribution etc.


These are some of the most directly relevant programmes of EU culture cooperation. 

Creative Europe (2020) EU Framework Programme  supporting the European audiovisual, cultural and creative sector.

CREATIVE EUROPE MEDIA funds training and film development schemes withEuropean dimension and focus on new technologies (promoting the acquisition of skills and competences by audio-visual professionals; knowledge sharing, networks and the use of digital technologies.) Creative Europe refers to the transformations in the cultural value production chain being brought by the development of Web 3.0 where cultural consumers also become cultural creators and producers. This aspect is of particular importance geared at young learners and graduates in the generational and global-digital shift.

Audience development with two action lines– film literacy and audience development

a)         Film literacy- Projects initiatives of at least three partners that are active in the field of film literacy, come from three different territories and cover at least three different languages. (Initiatives and intermediaries including film institutes, film heritage institutions, festivals, film clubs and other organisations active in film and media literacy, in particular for children and young people.)

b)         Audience development- This funding primarily targets film industry partnerships, the consortia may be led by municipalities, film boards, NGOs and also film schools.

Market Access– eligible consortia are festivals and international networks.

CREATIVE EUROPE CULTURE funds cross-border cooperation projects between cultural and creative organisationswithin the EU and beyond. 

Cooperation projects– large scale and small scale partnerships

Support to European cooperation projects  in the areas of Culture - Media, Education - Training, New technologies, Telecommunications The projects demand 50% co-funding, so there must be another funding source engaged. 


Erasmus + (2020) EU programme for boosting skills and employability through education, training, youth, and sport. The programme sub actions have annual calls(spring months). The programme can be used to repurpose resources /initiatives for PhD mentors‘ database, joint curriculum development, training the trainers workshops, graduate internship programmes etc.

·         Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees[i]can open up the global potential: a) Showcase existingJoint MA programmes  ;  b) Set up information activities to use the new action - Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees

·         Capacity-building projects in the field of higher education[ii]support the modernisation, accessibility and internationalisation of higher education; cooperation between Programme Countries and eligible Partner Countries: neighbouring countries, Russia, EU candidate and potential candidate countries, Latin America, Asia, Africa-Caribbean-Pacific countries.

Joint projects: these help higher education institutions from partner countries to develop, modernise and disseminate new curricula, teaching methods or materials, as well as to boost quality assurance and governance of higher education institutions.

Structural projects focusing on modernisation of policies, governance and management of higher education systems; strengthening relations between higher education systems and the wider socio-economic environment.


Horizon 2020 EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation including technology/training; cultural industries, socioeconomic impact

·         Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions:

Innovative Training Networks (ITN)– highly competitive, may include non EU partners, typically is an industry-academia training format (art schools –companies/festivals/boards/media companies etc.)

Individual fellowships (IF) - highly competitive, individuals propose together with a higher education institution in order to carry out research on a specific topic, includes non EU researchers and staff exchanges or transfer out of EU, back to EU

Research and Innovation Staff Exchanges (RISE)RISE enables more interaction between academia and non-academic organisations within Europe and worldwide.

Co-funding of Regional, National, and International Programmes(COFUND)to individual organisations that fund or manage doctoral programmes or fellowship programmes for researchers, it covers international mobility.

European Researchers’ Night (NIGHT) Europe-wide public event to stimulate interest in research careers, especially among young people.    

 ·         EUROPE AS A GLOBAL ACTOR annual calls for specific topics that build on consortia proposalsfor research and innovation cooperation with key international partner countries

H2020-INT-INCOInternational cooperation 1) proposals targeting connection with Australia, USA, Brazil, South Africa, Ukraineand 2) targeting Southern Mediterranean Neighbourhood, Eastern Partnership, the Balkans. The aim is to encourage cooperation between research and innovation actors via setting up of web-based and information dissemination activities; jointly promoting measures which facilitate international cooperation (e.g. on open access, scientific visa, IPR, peer review, research integrity etc.)Examples of topics: The cultural, scientific and social dimension of EU-LAC relations

H2020-INT-SOCIETYINT: science and technology cooperation - as significant complement of cultural diplomacy with special attention to the role of non-governmental and private sector organisations as well as cooperation of cultural professionals and scientists. Research could compare the EU and its Member States with other major, and often very active global players (e.g. the US, China or South Korea). Examples of topics: European cultural and science diplomacy: exploiting the potential of culture and science in the EU’s external relations

H2020-ISSI-INTEGRATING SOCIETY IN SCIENCE AND INNOVATIONExamples of topic: Pan-European public outreach; Knowledge Sharing Platform; On-line mechanisms for knowledge-based policy advice

Public outreach meansexhibitions, participatory events in the local languages with material for dissemination using multimedia and other relevant technology (e.g.: social media, virtual reality, scenarios, gaming, etc.) and techniques to engage with multiple public groups (children, youth, women, adults, and other relevant stakeholders).


Europe for Citizens funding initiatives to strengthen remembrance and to enhance civic participation at EU level

European remembrance– raising awareness of remembrance, common history, values and the aim of the EU- This strand supports activities inviting reflection on European cultural diversity and on common values. It aims to finance projects reflecting on causes of totalitarian regimes in Europe's modern history (especially, but not exclusively, Nazism that led to the Holocaust, Fascism, Stalinism and totalitarian communist regimes) and to commemorate the victims of their crimes.

Democratic engagement and civic participation– encouraging democratic and civic participation of citizens at Union level - Activities covering civic participation, focusing in particular on European Union policies; Initiatives developing opportunities for mutual understanding, intercultural learning, solidarity, societal engagement and volunteering at EU level

o   Town twinning – supporting projects bringing together citizens from twinned towns. By mobilising citizens at local and EU levels to debate on concrete issues from the European political agenda, this measure will seek to promote civic participation in the EU policy making process and develop opportunities for societal engagement and volunteering at EU level

o   Networks of towns – providing funding to municipalities and associations working together on a common theme in a long term perspective, and wishing to develop networks of towns to make their cooperation more sustainable

o   Civil society projects – supporting projects gathering citizens in activities directly linked to EU policies, providing an opportunity for direct participation in the policy making process. Funded activities may include: promotion of societal engagement and solidarity, gathering of opinions, volunteering.