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Serbia Officially in the Creative Europe Programme

Serbia is set to officially join the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission, which has succeeded the former programme Culture 2007-2013. 

The Minister of Culture and Information of Serbia, mr. Ivan Tasovac has signed the agreement on the participation of Serbia in the Creative Europe programme on June 19th, in Brussels, alongside European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth Androulla Vasiliu.
Serbia is the first country applying for membership in the European Union that has joined Creative Europe, formally confirming its participation in this programme intended to help the cultural and creative sector, with a total budget of 1.46 billion euros. 

Technical support to applicants from Serbia is provided by Creative Europe Desk, which is responsible for financial assistance to projects that are successful in Creative Europe competitions in 2014. The head of Creative Europe Desk is Dimitrije Tadić, Adviser at the Ministry of Culture and Information. 

Serbia’s participation in Creative Europe will be the focus of an international conference organized from June 30th to July 2nd in Belgrade by the Ministry of Culture and Information. The conference will host panels, workshops and related programs related to contemporary cultural policy and European cooperation. 

The first day of the conference will have a broader thematic framework - institutional connections at the European level, regional and inter-regional cooperation, as well as the roles played by individuals, informal groups, organizations and networks in the cultural field. The second day will be devoted to key topics of Creative Europe - audience development, mobility and the creative industries. The final day is reserved for workshops that relate directly to the Creative Europe programme. 

Due to the establishment of new procedures of the programme, the aim of the conference is transfer practical knowledge to local culture professionals.

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