Magazine article Screen International

MEPs Vote to Reverse Creative Europe Budget Cuts

Magazine article Screen International

MEPs Vote to Reverse Creative Europe Budget Cuts

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Members of the European Parliament's Budget Committee voted this morning (Tuesday) to reverse cuts to Creative Europe's budget for 2016 as proposed by the European Council.

Voting on the motion for resolution concerning the European Commission's 2016 draftbudget, the MEPs passed an amendment tabled by deputy Jean-Paul Denanot, calling for an increase by $12m (euro10.5m) for Creative Europe's Culture and MEDIA sub-programmes, including the multimedia actions and the Cultural and Creative Sectors Guarantee Facility, which is planned to start operating from next year.

According to Denanot, this increase is deemed "necessary" given the programmes' "important role in supporting cultural and creative industries that represent key European values."

The MEPs' budgetary amendments and the accompanying resolution for the 2016 draftbudget will now be put to the plenary vote at the European Parliament later this month.

FUNDING NEWS

Estonia offers cash rebates

Estonia is to become the latest member of the cash rebate club with a programme launched in January to attract more foreign productions to shoot in Estonia.

The amount of aid will be calculated as a percentage - 30% - of the production spend in Estonia and will be paid out retrospectively once all of the expenses and audits on the film have been calculated.

Moreover, the maximum grant amount can be applied for if a production uses Estonian filmmakers, actors and other production crew, or if the film has an Estonian story or is set in Estonia. …

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