EU funding sources relevant to
Regional and minority languages
Nia Lewis
Swyddfa Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru i’r UE, Brwsel
Welsh Assembly Government EU office, Brussels
+32 2 506 44 78
Three kinds of EU funding programme
• Trans-national funds - support co-operation or
exchange projects involving organisations or individuals
from several EU countries (including Culture 2007,
Media Plus, Youth, 7th Framework for Research and
Development etc)
• The Structural funds – these aim to address economic
imbalances in disadvantaged areas of the European
Union and are provided direct to specific geographical
locations in the EU (the Convergence, Competitiveness
and Co-operation funds)
• Funds for Third countries – i.e. for co-operation with
countries who are not members of the European Union
Culture 2007
Budget EUR 400 million
Simplified structure with three objectives – mobility of artists, works and
intercultural dialogue
Programme open to all sectors, all kinds of operators and all languages
• Essentially 2 kinds of projects: 1-2 year with 3 partners in 3
countries or 3-5 year with 6 partners/6 countries
Increased emphasis on:
Visibility (strategies for dissemination/maximising impact of projects)
Accessibility of small projects
Sustainability after life of project (of partnership, of funding)
Streamlining administrative procedures
Examples of Culture 2000 projects
Literature across frontiers:
Promoting literatures in lesser used
languages/in translation through workshops, book fairs etc (University
of Wales Aberystwyth)
KILDA - Island of the Birdmen:
creation of contemporary opera in
Scottish Gaelic (Gaelic Arts agency)
Offspring productie: production of multi-lingual (minority language)
theatre piece at festival in Friesland, then toured. Aim to promote
regional theatres working in minority languages (Tryater, NL)
Citizens for Europe
• Budget EUR 215 million
• Aim is to bridge gap between citizens and the Union and
promote active citizenship
• 4 strands: town-twinning, citizens panels and capacity
building (45%), civil society projects (31%), funding for
European level think tanks and sites of memory (24%)
• current citizens panel pilot on encouraging citizens from
nine regions in Europe to give their views on rural
• Wide scope for cultural sector to engage with this
Media 2007
• Budget: EUR 755 million
• Industry programme which supports development, distribution and
promotion of television and films as well as training
• Supports 50 training initiatives (1500 trainees) per year on scriptwriting, animation, new technologies, legal aspects etc. Emphasis
on international dimension and partnership with industry.
• More emphasis in new programme on adapting to digital
marketplace and on SME access to finance
• Sector in Wales benefits principally from Development and TV
Broadcasting strands: from 1997 to 2003 amount of EC funding
increased from EUR 70,000 to EUR 890,000.
Media programme: 2 Welsh
Aur y Byd/Gold: History of an obsession (Tinopolis) 3 x 60
minute documentary
Media Development supported work on the script, visiting television
Markets/other European broadcasters and setting-up of coproduction and distribution deals
TV broadcasting provided 20% of costs for co-production (S4C, RTE,
France’s La 5), after which programme was sold to 8 countries
Holi Hanna/ Hanna’s helpline (Calon)
TV broadcasting contributed 12% of total cost (£2.4million) for this
Agony Aunt Duck animation series aimed at international market.
14 partners in co-production (from 5 Member States)
Youth and Lifelong
Learning programme
Youth in Action programme worth EUR 885 million supports volunteering in
countries including non- European countries, exchanges, local youth projects
Arts, culture, heritage, language, media and sport prevalent in the EU Youth
UNA Exchange/Promo Cymru hosts young people as part of a volunteer
project which helps them develop skills in creative industries (events
management, marketing, filming etc.)
Welsh youth movement (Urdd) also involved
Lifelong Learning programme (EUR 6.9 billion)
Structural Funds
• Wide range of projects supported during the current
round in Wales which have a welsh language dimension
• 2007-13 closer alignment between strategy and projects
(Lisbon earmarking issue) and greater concentration of
• Three strands: Convergence, Competitiveness and Cooperation
European Territorial Co-operation
• Cross-border West Wales/Ireland of most interest to
cultural sector (EUR 52.7m)
Arts Wave + Cultural Co-operation and Touring CCAT
good examples of projects funded under current
• Atlantic Area (EUR 100m) and North West Europe
(EUR 350m) trans-national programmes
European Route of Industrial Heritage (Torfaen)
• Inter-regional strand
European Cultural Tourism Network
FP7 – 7th Framework Programme for
Research and Development
Digital Libraries and technology enhanced learning prioritised within ICT
work programme for 2007 (EUR 50 million available in 1st 2007 call for
Aim is to fund research projects on preserving, developing and
disseminating cultural assets, improving learning and education
systems and strengthening creativity of society”
Particular attention to cost effective digitisation and digitisation in multilingual environments in short term and to creating radically new
approaches to digitisation in longer term
UK Contact Point – Peter Walters, National Physical Laboratory, Tel: 08701910112
Other elements of FP7 potentially of interest includes actions on
protecting, conserving and enhancing cultural heritage (environment
strand) or socio-economic and humanities strand
e-content plus and
Competitiveness and Innovation Programme
• econtent plus worth EUR 149 million runs to 2008 (after which
it’s integrated into the Competitiveness and Innovation
programme which has an ICT strand worth EUR 728 million)
Aims of e-content plus are to:
• underpin regulatory/research work of the Commission to stimulate
emerging digital economy
• provide a bridge between research investment and wide adoption,
by providing a testing ground for pan-European electronic services
• reinforce European cultural and linguistic identities by support for
the production and distribution of European digital content
• assist the development of an open and inclusive European
Information Society through stimulating innovative approaches to
inclusion, quality of life and public services
Other sources of funding
• European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
• Funds for co-operation with countries outside the EU usually
include a cultural element e.g.
supporting co-operation aimed at protecting historical and cultural
heritage, or joint working between cultural bodies, is part of
European Neighbourhood Partnership Instrument (countries on the
Eastern and Southern borders of the EU)
European Development Fund for African, Caribbean and Pacific
countries has a cultural dimension (cinema, festivals, heritage etc)
Cultural exchanges via the Asia-Europe Foundation
• Non EU e.g. European Culture Foundation
• Opportunities for culture and welsh language projects under a
variety of programmes – be creative (
• Start early and ensure alignment with EU policy priorities
• Sector already engaging with EU programmes – good case studies
exist that we can learn from
• Increased emphasis on visibility and sustainability
• Importance of involvement in pan-European networks!
• Proven benefits to trans-national working – administrative
simplification should make it easier

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