The Creative Europe Desk Serbia, whose mission is to implement the Creative Europe Programme in Serbia, is organising the first international conference called “Creative Europe Programme 2014-2020: Serbia and the Prospects of European Cooperation”. The conference will take place on the 30th of June, and the 1st and 2nd of July, 2014, at Palata Srbija.
The conference features three days of panels, workshops and accompanying programmes covering the topic of contemporary cultural policy and European cooperation. The first day of the conference establishes a wider thematic framework – from connecting institutions at the European level and cooperation between regions to the stakes held by individuals, informal groups and networks that operate in the field of culture. The second day of the conference is dedicated to key issues of the Creative Europe Programme: audience development, mobility, and creative industries. The third day of the conference is planned for workshops, which directly concern the Creative Europe Programme. Amidst the establishment of new programme procedures, the objective of the conference is also to transfer the required practical knowledge to local cultural professionals.
The Minister of Culture and Information, Mr Ivan Tasovac, today in Brussels signed the Agreement on the Accession of Serbia to the Creative Europe Programme for assistance in the creative and cultural sectors. The total budget of the programme of EUR 1.46 billion is allocated to the period 2014-2020.
“Today is a great day for Serbian culture and art, because not only symbolically but also officially Serbia is becoming part of Creative Europe,” said Minister Tasovac at the signing of the Agreement and then added: “This is very good news for all our cultural institutions, for all our artists, and the complete civil sector, because through exchanging ideas and experience we will becoming more and more a part of this creative Europe that we have belonged to for a long time.”
“I am very happy that the signing of this agreement will allow Serbia to realize the benefits of this programme,” said the European Commissioner for Culture, Education and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou, who signed the Agreement on behalf of the European Commission.
With its vibrant culture and specific Roman and early Byzantine architectural heritage, which is in part on the UNESCO’s list, its numerous museums, theatres, music festivals and literary tradition, Serbia enriches our common European space, Vassiliou added.
Serbia is the first country outside the European Union to sign the Agreement on participation in the new Creative Europe programme.
The Commission plans the signing of similar agreements with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Turkey, Georgia, and Moldavia, and there are preliminary talks with several other countries.
The Minister stated that the Ministry of Culture and Information had already in February formed the Creative Europe Desk that would organise already at the end of June the first conference at which the leading experts from Europe (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Croatia, the Netherlands, Germany, Romania, Slovenia, and Sweden) would exchange their experiences with cultural representatives from Serbia about how to apply for funding within the Creative Europe programme.
Serbia is also expected to join the MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe after the alignment of legislation in the audiovisual field with the legislation of the European Union.
It is my great pleasure to inform you that the Creative Europe Desk Serbia has commenced its operation within the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia. The Desk’s mission is to promote the Creative Europe 2014-2020 programme and to provide support to domestic cultural institutions and organisations in the process of applying for funding by the Creative Europe programme.
We hope that we will use the six years ahead of us to achieve joint objectives, which are: developing capacities of domestic cultural institutions and organisations, creating relevant programmes and projects of exceptional quality, including a greater audience in cultural programmes, financial sustainability and stability of organisations, promoting regional and international cultural cooperation – objectives which represent the development of culture and art in Serbia and its contribution to the creation of a progressive, free, and creative society.
With the aim to realize this ambitious vision, the Creative Europe Desk Serbia will be organising numerous activities and projects through which it will connect different stakeholders in the fields of culture and art: public, private, and civil institutions and organisations, networks, groups, and individuals from Serbia, the region, and Europe. In this way, the Desk will support the transfer of knowledge and skills and promote further cooperation, mobility, exchange of opinions and ideas, development of professional standards and ethics, innovations, participation, and openness. We invite you to get involved in the Creative Europe Desk Serbia’s activities, as well as in the processes of public dialogue and joint efforts at directing the cultural system in Serbia.
We believe that before us is an exciting period of cooperation, and we are very much looking forward to it!