Culture Action Europe statement
on the European Union Youth Orchestra case
Context: Upon an ad-hoc resolution of the EU Commission, the EUYO received a special funding outside of the regular legal framework of the Creative Europe programme. CUlture Action Europe reacted with a clear statement:
Culture Action Europe acknowledges the relevance of the EUYO’s work and its uniqueness.
Nonetheless, we express concern at the manner in which this matter is being handled. It leaves a bitter taste of doubt to how funding decisions can be made and does not address the limits of the Creative Europe programme. Moreover, any negative impact of the case on the Creative Europe Culture budget would be unacceptable.
Other high quality organisations and networks have had to close down or are struggling with minimal budgets following negative funding decisions. They however did not receive such support from the Parliament and Commission. The decision to find a “creative solution” in this case is being viewed as highly unfair and bears the risk of reflecting negatively on the perception and trust in the impartiality of culture funding at an EU level.
The EU project needs the contribution of culture to overcome its dramatic challenges and to help promote a positive image in a phase of growing skepticism towards the Union’s institutions.
If and when ‘bureaucratic procedures’ do not adequately serve the ‘interest of our citizens’ the legislator is in called upon to assess and subsequently reform policy and procedures, not limiting interventions to a particular case.
We therefore call upon the institutions to guarantee the independence and transparency of the decision making process, indispensable for building confidence in equal opportunities for all, involving the sector in a through assessment of Creative Europe and its implementation.
Read the full CAE Statement here.