Investing in Europe’s next generation by investing in culture

As the EU has started discussing the proposed recovery plan, 99 organisations from across Europe’s cultural and creative sectors are uniting their voices to alert EU leaders. EFFORTS co-signed the open letter to the European Council, Commission and Parliament. The European cultural sector needs strong and systemic sup¬port measures to recover from this crisis. Hereby the central points of this call. With the subject of its annual 2020 congress, EFFORST wants to research on the socio-economic impact and importance of the (fortified) heritage sector, arguing for possible financial support in the frame of its importance for local, regional, national economies.

  • According to the Commission’s own estimates, some parts of our sector – which accounts for €509bn in value added to GDP and over 12 million full-time jobs – are expected to lose up to 80% of their turnover in the 2nd quarter of 2020.
  • We have a higher than average percentage of self-employed workers, freelancers, micro-businesses and youth employment, which makes us particularly vulnerable in times of crisis.
    As the European economy is slowly restarting, it is far from business as usual. Cultural actors are
  • Despite being identified as one of 14 of the hardest hit ecosystems, there is neither a sector specific instrument for culture, nor a clear indication on whether or how we can benefit from different instru¬ments. The section on REACT-EU in the Commission’s Communication1 refers to culture, but there is no guarantee that we will receive appropriate support.
  • Bring the EU’s support for our sector to a level that is commensurate with its contribution to the EU’s economy and its citizens’ wellbeing, we call on Member States and the European Parliament:
  • Push for a substantial increase of the Creative Europe budget, fully supporting the European Parlia¬ment’s proposal for a budget of €2.8bn.