The European Commission has extended the deadlines for applying for the current Creative Europe program calls, including a special call for enhancing cultural cooperation and competitiveness of the Western Balkans cultural and creative industries.
In view of the difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the new deadline for applying for the “Strengthening Cultural Co-operation and Competitiveness of the Western Balkans Cultural and Creative Industries” competition is April 28 to 5pm by Brussels time.
The evaluation period for the received projects will be May-June, and results announcements are planned in August, while the signing of the contract is expected from September to the end of the year. Supported projects should start between January 1 and March 31, posted on March 25, the Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA), in charge of the program Creative Europe.
All other conditions of the competition remain the same.
The European Commission extended the deadline to apply for the Western Balkans Contest in early March by a two-week deadline for the first time to accelerate reconciliation and develop good neighborly relations in the region. The new application deadline, instead of the originally scheduled March 17th, was March 31st.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the difficulties experienced by applicants across Europe, the deadline for several more contests has been extended – for the “Cultural Heritage in Action” competition, the new deadline is April 27, 5 pm Brussels time, and for two calls within the competition “Music is launching Europe. Enhancing European Musical Diversity and Talent ”by April 30 at 1 p.m.
The European Commission used to be alone briefly announced to fully respect all measures to limit the spread of coronavirus infection in national news, and to “understand that the measures taken may have consequences for the implementation of projects and other initiatives” and to apply, “in response to existing uncertainties,” the maximum possible flexibility in program implementation with the EACEA “.
The EC and the EACEA, as announced on March 13, are in regular contact with the Creative Europe boards and are monitoring the development of the situation to take further action as needed.
With regard to the implementation of already supported projects, the EACEA previously announced on 6 March that, in the context of measures taken by competent national authorities to stem the further spread of coronaviruses, it receives users' questions about the potential impact of the measures taken on projects co-financed by EU funds. to be affected by mobility restraint measures. The EACEA therefore directs organizations participating in the Creative Europe program to contact individual participants in their programs / projects / activities currently residing in the affected areas or planning to travel to or from the affected areas in the coming weeks, and to direct them to follow official recommendations locally competent authorities.
The normal implementation of the planned activities will be carried out as normally as possible, and it is up to each organization and the individual involved to decide on appropriate action, given the official measures taken by the competent authorities. The EACEA reminds participants in foreign countries that they can contact the embassies and consulates of the countries in which they are present for assistance.
The EACEA also recalled that the grant agreements concluded with participants in the Creative Europe program envisaged the application of a force majeure article, which could be applied to mobility restraints as a direct consequence of emergency measures taken by the competent authorities. bodies. It also notes that the existence of force majeure as a reason for delaying or disrupting the regular implementation of planned activities can be analyzed on a case-by-case basis at the time of estimating eligible costs (when submitting final reports).
The Force Majeure Article, by the way, provides that in this case the breach of contractual obligation cannot be considered to have occurred if all other conditions defined in the specific contract have been respected. Creative Europe support beneficiaries who are forced to cancel activities are required to report these deviations to the EACEA through the project promoter or lead partner.