The UK can fully participate in Creative Europe until it leaves the EU and during the implementation period agreed by the UK and the EU which ends December 2020.
Creative Europe's advice for UK lead and partner organisations and other European partners is to continue applications for the current Creative Europe calls, but to take full note of the information below. Creative Europe Desk UK can provide guidance on applications for the calls that are currently open as part of our usual advice. Creative Europe Desk UK will update guidance as soon as further information becomes available.
The UK will leave the EU on terms agreed by the UK and the EU. This agreement will set out the nature of UK/EU collaboration immediately after Brexit, as well as setting the terms for negotiations about their longer-term relationship. Creative Europe and other EU funding programmes are expected to be a part of any such agreement.
The Withdrawal Agreement from 17 October 2019 envisages an implementation period until 31 December 2020, during which UK organisations would be able to apply for EU programmes’ funding. This includes UK participation in, and funding applications for, Creative Europe. The UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has advised that, in a deal scenario, this would mean that:
- UK organisations can continue to apply for the current Creative Europe calls for the MEDIA and Culture sub-programme.
- UK organisations will have exactly the same rights and obligations as other countries participating in the Creative Europe programme until the end of the current programme.
- DCMS advises that under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, UK entities' participation in EU programmes will be unaffected by the UK's withdrawal from the EU for the lifetime of the current EU budget period (the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework). This includes Creative Europe.
Since its launch in 2014 and until 2018, Creative Europe has awarded €89.5 million to 376 UK-based cultural and creative organisations and audiovisual companies, and helped distribute 190 UK films in other European countries.
Reports on the impacts of Creative Europe in the UK shows the programme’s powerful effect on building international networks, growing audiences, generating jobs and skills, and much more. The benefits of Creative Europe are also highlighted in the UK Parliament's inquiry report on Brexit and the creative industries.
Participation in Creative Europe is not restricted to EU member states. There are currently 13 non-EU countries that have either partial or full participation. These include EEA countries such as Iceland and Norway as well as neighbouring countries such as Serbia and Albania. You can see the full list on the EACEA website. These countries must still comply with certain EU regulations and policies and pay a financial contribution in order to participate.
The above information is advice from Creative Europe Desk UK, correct as of 18 December 2019. You should consider whether you need separate professional advice before making specific preparations.
The Tentmaster's Daughter (2019 funded by Creative Europe) / Image: Patchwork Productions