Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth signed the Agreement for the participation of Armenia in the Creative Europe programme on 11 October 2022. This follows the signature of Vahram Dumanyan, the Armenian Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport earlier in Yerevan.
The signature is a major step forward in fostering the EU-Eastern Partnership. Armenia is the third country, after Georgia and Ukraine, to join the Creative Europe programme. The Creative Europe programme will have 10 so-called “associated third countries” after the Armenian parliament ratifies the agreement.
What this means
Armenia is joining the Culture sub-programme and partly the Cross-sectoral strand of Creative Europe (2021-2027).
This means that Armenian artists, cultural professionals and organisations will be able to participate in the 2022 calls for proposals after the Armenian Parliament ratifies the agreement.
Armenia already participated in the previous cycle of Creative Europe (2014-2020). Its continued participation in the 2021-2027 cycle will provide new opportunities to support the country’s cultural and creative sectors.
The novelties of the 2021-2027 programme will help these sectors recover and strengthen their efforts to become more inclusive, more digital and environmentally more sustainable.