The Cultural Creators Friendship Group (CCFG) is a cross-partisan coalition in the European Parliament (EP) with members from six different political groups. We aim at improving the whole European cultural ecosystem - i.e. the Cultural and Creative Sectors (CCS) - and especially the situation and conditions of creators, e.g. authors, performers and artists.
The CCFG is not an official organ of the European Parliament and therefore does not represent the EP or speak on its behalf. It is an informal cooperation scheme among Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) that are interested to forward and promote its principles as enshrined in our CCFG Manifesto (see below).
The idea of the CCFG is to operate as a forum of discussion and cooperation among its members to discuss topics described in the Manifesto and that are of relevance to policies of the European Union, e.g. upcoming files in relevant EP committees, and to act as a forum for interest groups to present their positions or proposals on topics that are relevant to scope of the CCFG.
Interest groups or individuals representing the Cultural and Creative Sectors (CCS) can officially support the CCFG and participate in our meetings. Essential requirement for supporters is being registered in the transparency register of the EU institutions.
THE CCFG COORDINATORS:
For the EPP group: Sunčana GLAVAK
For the S&D group: Ibán GARCÍA DEL BLANCO
For the Renew Europe group: Irena JOVEVA
For the Greens/EFA group: Niklas NIENASS
For the ECR group: Dace MELBĀRDE
For the GUE/NGL group: Alexis GEORGOULIS
Laurence FARRENG (Renew), France
Tomasz FRANKOWSKI (EPP), Poland
Romeo FRANZ (Greens/EFA), Germany
Ibán GARCÍA DEL BLANCO (S&D), Spain
Giorgos GEORGIOU (GUE/NGL), Cyprus
Alexis GEORGOULIS (GUE/NGL), Greece
Sunčana GLAVAK (EPP), Croatia
Hannes HEIDE (S&D), Austria
Irena JOVEVA (Renew), Slovenia
Niyazi KIZILYÜREK (GUE/NGL), Cyprus
Łukasz KOHUT (S&D), Poland
Marcel KOLAJA (Greens/EFA), Czechia
Dace MELBĀRDE (ECR), Latvia
Niklas NIENASS (Greens/EFA), Germany
Anne-Sophie PELLETIER (GUE/NGL), France
Diana RIBA I GINER (Greens/EFA), Spain
Marcos ROS SEMPERE (S&D), Spain
Domènec RUIZ DEVESA (S&D), Spain
Lara WOLTERS (S&D), Netherlands
Salima YENBOU (Greens/EFA), France
Authors, performers, cultural workers and other cultural creators with their creativity and work contribute substantially to the wealth, pride and diversity of European culture. They play a significant role in the success of the creative industries and of the cultural ecosystem as a whole. Therefore, it is the EU decision-makers’ responsibility to protect and to promote European creators in order to ensure that they can continue to create culture and, in doing so, bring lasting benefits to the European society and economy.
The previous (8th) term of the European Parliament has been intense and rich in terms of legislative acts with an impact on the Cultural and Creative Sectors (CCS) and the creators within, most importantly the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, the Directive on Online Broadcasting and Retransmissions and the Audiovisual Media Services Directive. The current (9th) term of the EP is bringing further political initiatives, including the future Creative Europe programme for the years 2021-2027, the new Digital Services Act, as well as the implementation of the aforementioned legislation in the Member States.
The previously existing intergroup “Cultural and Creative Industries” already made the case for the importance of the cultural and creative industries in the European economy. Cultural creators, however, face specific problems and needs. Creators are the initiators of creative processes and at the very origin of the economic strength of the CCS. Therefore, they deserve a specific emphasis and a dedicated attention by EU decision-makers. Creators are to be brought back to the political focus, and we need to pay particular attention to topics concerning their labour rights, their social and working conditions, gender equality, and the challenges and opportunities related to the digital era.
I. Raising awareness for and procuring a better understanding of cultural creators’ conditions among EU decision-makers in order to nurture European culture and secure its diversity and sustainability.
II. Improving relevant legal frameworks and industry practices that affect cultural creators’ economic, labour, social and moral rights, including from a gender equality perspective, and the quality of European production in order to foster incentives for cultural creators to continue creating quality works in an increasingly globalised industry within the CCS.
III. Bringing together organisations representing cultural creators from all sectors in order to establish a frequent dialogue with EU decision-makers from a broad political spectrum and with different perspectives, ensuring a horizontal approach across diverse policy areas in connection with relevant committees.
IV. Assessing shortcomings in the current EU legislative framework in order to protect creators and making recommendations for future legislative reform.
MAIN AREAS OF WORK
(1) Labour rights, social and working conditions
(2) Funding and supporting creativity
(3) Cultural education, life-long learning and career development
(4) Opportunities and challenges of the digital era
(5) Promoting the European dimension of cultural diversity
(6) Fostering international cultural relations at EU level