Committee on Culture and Education – Study requested by CULT Committee, commissioned and managed by the Policy Department – “Cultural and creative sectors in post-COVID-19 Europe – crisis effects and policy recommendations” – Presentation by Isabelle De Voldere, IDEA Consult and Sylvia Amann, Inforelais

Brussels, 25 February 2021,

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In the new Work plan for Culture (2019-2021), under the European Agenda for Culture, artists’ mobility is considered as a key factor in improving social cohesion and well-being in EU societies and a strong contributor to EU cultural diplomacy. However, mobility in the cultural and creative sectors is faced with a number of issues that need to be addressed at EU and national levels. The study provides recommendations for a EU-wide mobility framework which entails both a dedicated mobility scheme and an improved regulatory environment that would facilitate mobility in Europe.

A presentation of the study, organized by the EP’s Policy Department for Structural and Cohesion Policies was held on 25 February 2021 and focused on the following issues:

  • Pre-COVID-19 situation in the CCS
  • Effects of COVID-19 on CCS, together with a sub-sector impact heatmap
  • Analysis of emergency and relaunch policy support for CCS on European and national level
  • Perspectives beyond the COVID-19 crisis
  • Policy recommendations for a long-lasting, COVID-19-proof and sustainable recovery of the sectors.

The debate that followed the expert’s presentation referred to, among others:

  • role of the European Parliament in setting up of a post-COVID-19 recovery strategy
  • EU support for COVID-19-proof skills development
  • social rights and fair income opportunities enforcement for the CCS operators
  • working conditions of artists and cultural operators
  • role of the CCS as an integral part of innovative and cohesive societies
  • role of public funding
  • earmarking of national Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) budget to culture and creative sectors
  • European digital frameworks
  • need of constant monitoring of the COVID-19 impact on the CCS

Watch video of the event (with multilingual interpretation):


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