Culture in the EU’s National Recovery and Resilience Plans

14 countries out of 261 – 53% of the total – have included culture in their
NRRPs. The analysis stemming from this overview proves that at least 2% in the EU26 – i.e., around 12 billion euros – has been mobilised for culture.

In a public online event on December 9th, Culture Action Europe presented an overview of the place of culture in the National  Recovery and Resilience Plans (NRRPs) of the Member States of the European Union. The publication is a part of the #CulturalDealEU campaign and backed by the European Parliament, to specifically earmark at the very least 2% of each NRRP for culture. Roughly half of the remaining Member States have not featured any specific interventions for culture in their NRRPs. Several of them, from Germany to Sweden, from Luxembourg to Denmark, have nonetheless put forward national schemes to sustain the cultural and creative sectors. 

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#CulturalDealEU

The #CulturalDealEU campaign calls heads of states and governments of the EU Member States to devote at least 2% of their National Resilience and Recovery Plans (NRRPs) to culture and show due evidence for cultural and European relevance. 
#CulturalDealEU is jointly developed by Culture Action EuropeEuropean Cultural Foundation, and Europa Nostra (representing the European Cultural Alliance). By bundling together both short and long term objectives, a joint statement envisions as a roadmap towards a more balanced, more comprehensive, and more inclusive European development model.

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GALA Funding and Resources Guide

The second edition is the updated version of the guide first produced in 2015 within the scope of the EU funded project, Green Art Lab Alliance (GALA). It has been coordinated by On the Move. The Guide, focussed mostly on Europe with some international references, gives information on funding for arts and culture projects related to environmental sustainability (support schemes, transnational supports, European projects, residencies, festivals etc.) and on sources of inspiration for more responsible action.

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Study “Cultural and creative sectors in postCOVID-19 Europe”

The EP Culture Committe has published a study by IDEA Consult, Goethe-Institut, Inforelais and Values of Culture&Creativity on Covid19 crisis effects on the cultural and creative sectors (CCS) as well as the policy responses that are  formulated to support the sectors. The already fragile organisational structures and working practices are hit by a chain of effects, severely impacting the economic and social situation in the CCS, especially the venue- and visitor-based sub-sectors such as the performing arts and heritage. Since policy support focuses on emergency measures, not (yet) on relaunch and innovation the study proposes three flagship measures: 1) Fair working system, 2) European digital culture frameworks and 3) taking CCS as integral part of innovative and cohesive societies.

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#CulturalDealEU

While the policy-makers are currently concerned with mapping out the road towards Europe’s sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the European cultural community urges them to include culture as a key component in this process – and beyond. Culture Action Europe, European Cultural Foundation, and Europa Nostra (representing the European Cultural Alliance) jointly proposed a Cultural Deal for Europe framework. This overarching strategy aims at placing culture at the center of the European project and mainstreaming it across all policy fields: from the green transition to Europe’s geopolitical ambition and from the digital shift to a value-driven Union.

What does the Cultural Deal for Europe propose?

  • Devoting at least 2% of the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) for culture. 
  • All national recovery and resilience plans must show due evidence of cultural and European relevance.
  • Full inclusion of culture in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the European Green Deal.
  • Make sure funding for culture is mainstreamed into other relevant EU programmes and actions.
  • Relevant and timely support to cultural workers.

Joint Statement

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Culture Action Europe’s Position Paper on “New European Bauhaus”

Published on Monday, October 26th, CAE reacted to Ursula von der Leyen’s proposal on a “New European Bauhaus” to realize the New Green Deal.  CAE welcomes the initiative as it paves the way to a long-awaited high-level recognition of the role of culture in the implementation of the sustainable development goals.  But, focused on the creation hard infrastructures, the proposal minimizes the full capacity of culture and the arts and brings also some controversies: 

New European Bauhaus: a promising intention and a much needed open debate