Creative Europe programme

Creative Europe is the European Union's programme to support the cultural, creative and audiovisual sectors. From 2014-2020, €1.46 billion is available to support European projects with the potential to travel, reach new audiences and encourage skill sharing and development. It was launched in January 2014.


  • help the cultural and creative sectors seize the opportunities of the digital age and globalisation;
  • enable the sectors to reach their economic potential, contributing to sustainable growth, jobs, and social cohesion;
  • give Europe's culture and media sectors access to new international opportunities, markets, and audiences.

The different funding schemes encourage the audiovisual, cultural and creative players to operate across Europe, to reach new audiences and to develop the skills needed in the digital age.

By helping European cultural and audiovisual works to reach audiences in other countries, the programme will also contribute to safeguarding cultural and linguistic diversity.

The "Creative Europe programme" consists of 3 sub-programmes:

  1. The CULTURE sub-programme helps cultural and creative organisations to operate transnationally and promotes the cross-border circulation of works of culture and the mobility of cultural players. It provides financial support to projects with a European dimension aiming to share cultural content across borders. Funding opportunities cover a diverse range of schemes: Cooperation projects, Literary Translation, Networks or Platforms. The supported activities aim to enable cultural and creative players to work internationally.
  2. The MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe supports the EU film and audiovisual industries financially in the development, distribution and promotion of their work. It helps to launch projects with a European dimension and nurtures new technologies; it enables European films and audiovisual works including feature films, television drama, documentaries and new media to find markets beyond national and European borders; it funds training and film development schemes.
  3. The Cross-sectoral strand of the Creative Europe programme is designed to serve three primary functions:
  • The establishment of a Guarantee Facility targeting the cultural and creative sectors;
  • The promotion of transnational policy cooperation;
  • Supporting a network of Creative Europe Desks.


  • International mobility of artists and other professionals of the culture and creativity sector;
  • Audience development;
  • Institutional development and innovative approaches to work;
  • Intercultural dialogue, promotion of social integration of migrants and refugees;
  • Cultural heritage.

CREATIVE EUROPE includes 41 countries:

  • All EU countries;
  • and also: Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Tunisia, Armenia, Kosovo