On November 19th 2015, Tibor Navracsics (European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport) and Vyacheslav Kyrylenko (Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Culture) signed agreement in Kiev about participation of Ukraine in the Creative Europe programme. After Georgia and Moldova, Ukraine has become the third country of Eastern Partnership to join this programme.

Being part of Creative Europe will allow cultural and creative organisations to collaborate with partners from all over Europe and access funding for cultural cooperation projects, literary translation schemes and cultural networks and platforms. The national audio-visual sector will also benefit from funding for training, festival, audience development and market access activities.

Tibor Navracsics anticipates that involvement will deepen contacts between Ukraine and other countries of Creative Europe and views this act as a complement to efforts in building the cultural relations with other EU Eastern neighbouring countries. Joining of Ukraine is part of the development of an EU strategy for cultural diplomacy that aims at enriching and deepening external relations of European Union.

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