Magazine article Screen International

UK's DCMS Seeking Views on EC's Plans for Creative Europe

Magazine article Screen International

UK's DCMS Seeking Views on EC's Plans for Creative Europe

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German Producers Alliance calls for changes to a future guarantee fund and retention of MEDIA Desks/Antenna.

The UK's Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have invited individuals and organisations within the British creative community to participate in a consultation seeking views on the European Commission's (EC) proposal for the new Creative Europe programme for the period of 2014-2020.

The DCMS has drawn up 24 questions on the EC's proposal which would replace the current Culture, MEDIA and MEDIA Mundus programmes that are set to end in December 2013.

Participants in the consultation are asked, for example, whether they agree "that the three current programmes should be replaced by a single programme with separate Cross-sectoral, Culture and MEDIA strands" and what the impact would be "if there were no EU programmes for the cultural and creative sectors."

Looking at the proposed new financial facility which would take the form of a debt instrument operating alongside European financial institutions to provide loans for SMEs, the consultation asked if there was "a risk that such a financial facility could create market distortions" and whether it would "be of greater benefit to some sub-sectors than others."

Another issue was "the level/proportion of the financial allocation for the programme [which] should be allocated to such a financial facility."

The EC is proposing a budget of [euro]1.8bn at current prices of over seven years, with an indicative budgetary allocation of 15% for the cross-sectoral strand (including the new financial facility), 30% for the Culture strand, and 55% for the MEDIA strand.

The deadline for responses to the DCMS consultation on Creative Europe is March 16 to creative.europe@culture.gov.uk.

Meanwhile, the Berlin-based German Producers Alliance (GPA) has already published a paper with its response to the EC's plans.

While welcoming the continuation of the MEDIA and MEDIA Mundus within the framework of Creative Europe, the producers' association noted a word of caution about the intended budget for the new structure by recalling that the current MEDIA Programme (from 2007-2013) had initially been looking at an overall budget of [euro]1bn: "as is well known, this ambitious goal was reduced in the consultations of the Budgetary Committee to the level of around [euro]750m, so there is a threat that the new programme may also experience cuts in the Budgetary Committee which would then again undo the increase [of a planned 37% over MEDIA 2007]."

Moreover, GPA was particularly critical of the MEDIA Guarantee Fund which has been operating under the current MEDIA Programme for the past two years, and argued that the fact that in 10 countries only loans worth a total of [euro]15m had been realised "shows clearly the market failure of this programme. …

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