Covid-19: A comprehensive European Cultural Recovery is urgently needed

Republished by ECBN from: Renew Europe

The Covid-19 pandemic will not only have long-lasting severe effects on the cultural and creative industries, which are strategic sectors for Europe’s citizens and its economy, but also on cultural diversity in Europe, the Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament has warned. It is against this backdrop that Renew Europe launches today its proposals for a comprehensive European cultural recovery plan. It incorporates, inter alia, the need for sufficient and easily accessible financial assistance for the sector, proposes concrete steps to sustainably revive Europe’s tourism and to thrive in the digital single market, and calls for a comprehensive and ambitious European Cultural Policy that reflects the significant role that culture plays for our European identity. MEP Laurence FARRENG, Coordinator of the Committee on Culture and Education, said:

“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the world of culture is at a standstill. We must not abandon culture and those who make it. Culture is a vital part of our European identity and an important sector of our economy. This is why we need a strong commitment to the revival of European culture: for Renew Europe, there is no Europe without culture”.

The Renew Europe position paper “A European Cultural Recovery” is available here.

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