Mapping of EU funding for culture in the ENP
Mapping EU funding for culture in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries and regions is a requirement that is mentioned in the Work Plan for Culture (2015-2018), adopted by the Council of the EU on the 25th November 2014. Under the priority area ‘Promotion of cultural diversity, culture in EU external relations, and mobility’, one of the actions identified is ‘a study on existing programmes addressing culture in countries of the European Neighbourhood Policy’, to inform discussion and follow-up in the Council preparatory bodies in the field of culture, with the participation of the European External Action Service (EEAS).
In this context, the present report responds to this request. DG EAC and the authors have interpreted the assignment as including the following three tasks:
Map EU funding instruments and mechanisms to highlight opportunities for funding of culture in the ENP.
Map EU-funded activities for culture in the ENP, from 2014 to date, including initiatives in the design phase.
Identify successful examples (‘perceived best practices’) on the basis of documentation and interviews with EU staff in delegations and Brussels.
This mapping covers six financial instruments (European Neighbourhood Instrument – ENI/ENPI, Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace – IcSP, Creative Europe, Erasmus +, the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights – EIDHR and the Development Cooperation Instrument – DCI) offering opportunities to fund culture activities in the European Neighbourhood under the current EU financial framework 2014-2020. These instruments fund culture-related activities through programmes (that include projects) or specific implementation modalities. Financial instruments, programmes and implementation modalities are frameworks within which practitioners can look for EU funding opportunities in the field of culture.