Awareness-raising seminar on "Creative Europe Tunisia" programme | Tunisia News Gazette

Awareness-raising seminar on “Creative Europe Tunisia” programme

An awareness seminar entitled “Creative Europe Tunisia: Instructions for Employment” was organised on Tuesday at the Arab and Mediterranean Music Centre (CMAM), Ennejma Ezzahra, in Sidi Bou SaA�d.

During this meeting, organised with the support of Dar Eyquem, a cultural association Cultural Institution dedicated to the collaboration between foreign and Tunisian artists, participants stressed the importance of Tunisia’s accession to the “Creative Europe” which will help to achieve the priority objectives of the cultural sector and in external relations with the European Union.

The speakers praised the benefits of this programme which will strengthen Tunisian cultural diplomacy and the image of Tunisia abroad. This programme will extend the presence of national cultural productions across all European countries, create a cultural dynamic and facilitate the mobility of actors and their works in the member countries.

Minister of Cultural Affairs Mohamed Zine El Abidine said that Tunisia is the first Maghreb, African and Arab country to join the “Creative Europe” programme, which will have to achieve certain priority objectives relating to the cultural sector and external relations with the EU “.

He linked this choice to Tunisia, the only country in the region to accede to this programme, which is essentially intended for the member countries of the Union, and “the democratic process in the country and the reforms carried out in different sectors, of the Tunisian experience a unique model that attracts the attention of the whole world “.

In a statement to TAP, the minister said that Tunisia’s accession to this programme will have to be adopted by the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) before July 31.

Tunisia had the privilege of being able to join this programme for the symbolic sum of 1 Euro, instead of the 250 thousand Euros that each member country is called upon to pay to be part of creative Europe, the minister further explained.

Bilel Aboudi, national coordinator of PACT (Support Programme for the Culture Sector in Tunisia), announced that “Tunisian cultural actors will benefit from the same advantages as their European counterparts in calls for tenders and subsidies” as part of this programme for which a budget of 1.46 billion Euros has been allocated for the period 2014-2020.

He also mentioned the forthcoming creation of a permanent office in Tunisia within the framework of the creative Europe programme, whose mission will be the promotion and supervision of the main cultural actors outside the country. “Training cycles for Tunisian cultural associations are also planned to strengthen their ties with their European counterparts,” he added.

Aboudi considered that the main feature of the Creative Europe Tunisia programme is “the direct non-involvement of the State, whose role is limited to the supervisory power, to oversee, follow up, establish ties and support cultural associations in order to facilitate their access to international projects in the European cultural market “.

Source: TAP News Agency

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