Coordinated by the Ministry of Culture, first through the Secretariat-General (2014-2020) and now through the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity (2021-2027) in partnership with Cinecittà S.p.A. as regards the Media Sub-Programme, the Creative Europe Desk Italy is the Creative Europe Programme's National Desk in Italy.
Creative Europe is the European Commission's Framework Programme dedicated to the cultural and creative sectors. Specifically, it supports cultural sector initiatives such as cross-border cooperation, platforms, networking and literary translations; the development, promotion and distribution of creative works with an international dimension; and networking and training initiatives for audiovisual industry professionals. The cultural and creative sectors represent an immensely rich and diverse European heritage, contribute to the evolution of our societies, play an important role in the European economy and help generate growth and jobs.
Creative Europe also supports the European Capitals of Culture; the European Heritage Label; the European Awards for Literature, Architecture, Cultural Heritage, Film and Pop/Rock Music.
The Creative Europe Programme 2021-2027 has a budget of €2.44 billion, much larger than the €1.47 billion of the previous programme (2014-2020). Creative Europe invests in actions that strengthen cultural diversity and respond to the needs and challenges of the cultural and creative sectors. The main objectives of the programme are: to preserve, develop and promote European cultural and linguistic diversity and heritage; to increase the competitiveness and economic potential of the cultural and creative sectors, in particular the audiovisual sector. The new features of the programme will contribute to the renaissance of these sectors by strengthening their efforts to become more inclusive, digital and environmentally sustainable.
Brochure: Programma Europa Creativa 2021-2027
Edited by the Publications Office of the European Commission
The Creative Europe Programme consists of two sub-programmes: the Culture sub-programme and the Media sub-programme, plus a Cross-sectoral sub-programme aimed at strengthening collaboration between the different cultural and creative sectors.
As for the other national Desks, the Creative Europe Desk Italy consists of the Culture Office (based at the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity in Rome) and the Media Offices in Rome, Turin and Bari (managed by Cinecittà S.p.A.).
Creative Europe Desk Italy is part of the European network of Creative Europe Desks, created and co-financed by the European Commission to provide free technical assistance to potential Creative Europe beneficiaries and to promote the Programme in each participating country.
It deals with the Culture Sub-Programme and builds on the many years of experience of the former Cultural Contact Point Italy, the official contact point for the Culture Programme 2007-13.
It deals with the Media Sub-Programme. The Offices in Rome and Turin are the result of many years of experience of the former MEDIA Desk Italy and Antenna MEDIA Turin for the period 1996-2013, while the Office in Bari was opened in 2014.