Amateo, the European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities, is joining with other members of the Culture Action Europe network in calling for European Council to urgently consider substantial increases in the EU budgets supporting culture and the Creative Europe programme for the coming years.

Through our work supporting grassroots creative participation across Europe, we see the incredible positive effects this has for individuals and communities. Our network helps participants and professionals to connect through culture across borders and find common ground and mutual understanding. This kind of cultural unity is desperately needed to face the challenges of the coming years and adequately supporting Europe’s collaborative cultural sector is a necessary first step in ensuring that this important work can continue in challenging times.

Amateo supports the statement of Culture Action Europe calling for the doubling of the Creative Europe budget, and to ensure that funds from the Next Generation EU initiative support cultural activities and practitioners in the recovery from the current pandemic.

We encourage Amateo members and supporters to sign and share the new petition below or on the CAE website ahead of the European Council meeting on 19 June 2020.