Creative Europe budget ‘unacceptable,’ MEP says

The projected budget for the EU’s Creative Europe programme, which offers funding to the bloc’s culture and audiovisual sectors, has been described as “unacceptable” by the European Parliament’s Culture Committee Chair, Sabine Verheyen.

“With fake news on the rise and diversity under attack, we need more, not less funding for our creative minds”, EPP’s German MEP Verheyen said on Tuesday.

“If you take Charles Michel’s proposal and assume across-the-board cuts for all programmes where no figure is mentioned, you end up with a 20% cut for Creative Europe, compared to the Commission proposal and over 50% compared to the Parliament’s position,” she added.

“Staggeringly, this would even be 6% below the current programme budget.”

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