Law passed to approve Moldova to participate in 'Creative Europe'

Ministry of Culture,
09 April 2015, Moldova

Moldovan Parliament adopted the Law on ratification of the Agreement between Moldova and the EU on Moldova's participation in "Creative Europe": The EU's cultural and creative sectors, and on cooperation between the Republic of Moldova and the European Union in the sub-program "Media" Program "Creative Europe".

     Monica Babuc Culture Minister said in the Parliament that the EU program "Creative Europe" is the theme of the European Union program aimed at supporting the cultural and creative sectors. Moldova's accession to the EU program "Creative Europe" is one of the priorities of the National Strategy for the Development of Culture, the official said. For the implementation of that agreement, the Ministry of Culture will create an Office of Creative Europe, which will provide free information and technical assistance to operators wishing to access funds under the Program also noted Monica Babuc.

     The objectives aim to preserve, develop and promote linguistic diversity and cultural heritage of Europe, strengthening the competitiveness of culture, including broadcasting and supporting cross-border cooperation networks.

    The agreement provides for the eligibility of Moldova to access 2020 annual funding for cultural projects in the cultural and creative sectors of the sub-program "Culture" and certain activities of sub-program "Media" of the EU Programme "Creative Europe".

    The "Creative Europe" is dedicated to cultural and creative operators with minimum 2 years of legal existence. It provides the support of its European cultural and creative sectors to operate transnationally and internationally, and strengthen the financial capacity of small to medium-sized cultural and creative sectors in a sustainable way. Also, the program establishes promote the transnational circulation of cultural and creative works and transnational mobility of cultural and creative actors.

    Moldova became part of the program due to ongoing consultations envisaged between the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Moldova, Moldovan Mission to the European Union and the Directorate General Education and Culture of the European Commission. Our country is the second state in the Eastern Partnership, after Georgia, which signed this Agreement.

    The program is managed by the European Commission and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture in Brussels, which assesses all projects.

   Agreement on Moldova's participation in EU program "Creative Europe" was signed on 18 March 2015 in Brussels by the Minister of Culture, Monica Babuc, and Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport of the European Commission, Tibor Navracsics.