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Creative Europe updates its Brexit guidance

Creative Europe, the European Union's programme to support the cultural, creative and audiovisual sectors, has released an update with advice about the impact of Brexit on those wishing to engage - or already engaging - in Creative Europe programmes.

Their advice to UK lead and partner organisations and other European partners is to continue applications for the forthcoming Creative Europe calls (the current programme runs until 2020), but to be aware of crucial changes in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

If the UK leaves the EU on 29th March 2019 with no deal with the EU, the UK Government has provided reassurance that it will underwrite the payments of awards for the full duration of the project, where UK organisations successfully bid directly to the European Commission on a competitive basis while we remain in the EU. This includes projects that are only informed of their success or sign a grant agreement after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on 29th March 2019.

Successful applicants with projects that run over the leave date can expect to hear from Creative Europe Desk UK and DCMS between now and March 2019 about next steps. The guarantee will apply only to project applications that are selected. It is not clear whether UK-led applications can be selected after 29th March 2019.

The UK government will work with the European Commission to agree on the eligibility of UK partners after the EU exit. However, organisations considering submitting Creative Europe applications for open calls should note that there is no certainty yet about how the European Commission will handle UK applications and UK participation in projects after the EU exit in a no deal scenario. For some project applications, there is the scope for UK organisations to continue to participate in projects in a more limited capacity. More advice about Cooperation Projects can be found here.

If a deal is agreed, UK organisations can continue to apply for the forthcoming Creative Europe MEDIA and Culture sub-programme calls and will have exactly the same rights and obligations as other countries participating in the Creative Europe programme until the end of the current programme. In this scenario, successful applicants from the UK can receive funding until the end of their projects (even if they run beyond 2020).

The decision on whether the UK can participate in the next programme (2021–2027) will be taken as part of the future partnership negotiations with the EU. The UK Government’s Brexit White Paper, published in July 2018, stated: “The UK is open to exploring…continued involvement in Creative Europe to support the cultural, creative and audiovisual sectors.”

Further information

Creative Europe has made clear that their advice is meant for guidance only, and that companies should consider whether they need separate professional advice before making specific preparations.

Creative Europe Desk UK can provide guidance on applications for the calls that are currently open as part of their usual advice. For more information and for details about how to contact Creative Europe Desk UK, click here.