Investing in Europe’s next generation by investing in culture

IGCAT is among the 94 organisations from across the cultural and creative sector that have signed a letter calling for strong and systemic support measures at EU and national level for the sector to recover from the crisis brought about by the Covid-19 outbreak.

Addressed to EU Member States and the European Parliament, the letter explains how the recovery package announced by the European Commission seems to neglect the precariousness of the cultural and creative sector, despite it being one of the first and hardest hit by the crisis.

By highlighting the lack of sector specific instruments for culture, alongside an alarming decrease in the Creative Europe budget, signatory organisations stress the need for a stronger support of the cultural and creative sector by the European Union and call for:

  • A substantial increase of the Creative Europe budget, supporting the European Parliament’s proposal for a budget of €2.8bn.
  • Guarantees that the entire sector can benefit appropriately from the recovery plan’s various instru­ments.

Read the full Investing in Europe’s next generation by investing in culture letter.


IGCAT aims to empower local communities by raising awareness of the importance to safeguard and promote distinct food, culture, arts and sustainable tourism assets. This is essential to balance against globalised food trends that are impacting on our planet, health and local economies.

IGCAT is a non-profit institute established in 2012, working with regional stakeholder consortiums in the fields of gastronomy, culture, arts and tourism. It counts on the expertise of a worldwide network of experts and works in partnership with specialised intergovernmental organisations.

IGCAT provides the Region of Gastronomy Award and is the official secretariat for the World Regions of Gastronomy Platform. Furthermore, the Institute has developed the Young Chef Award, the Local Food Gift Challenge, the Top Visitor Experience and the Food Film Menu.

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