Following discussions at the Cannes Film Festival, France is expected to support Israel in its bid to join the EU’s Creative Europe program, which provides millions of euros in funding for artistic projects.
Le ministre israélien de la Culture Chili Tropper a rencontré son homologue française Roselyne Bachelot [Getty]</p><div><p>Israël a demandé à la France de soutenir sa demande d'adhésion au programme Europe créative de l'UE, qui ouvrirait la porte à des millions d'euros de financement.
The request was made in talks between Israeli and French culture ministers at the Cannes Film Festival, and France is expected to accept Israel’s request, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.
Israel’s application to join the EU’s Creative Europe program is expected to be considered in the coming days.
The Creative Europe program would allow Israel to seek millions of euros in funding for cultural and artistic projects.
However, none of the money can be used to support projects taking place in the territories occupied by Israel in 1967.
During their talks, Israeli Minister of Culture Chili Tropper and French Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot discussed ways to expand cooperation between the two countries on cultural projects, as well as to increase film co-productions.
“I was happy to meet an important partner of Israel in promoting Israeli culture and creativity,” Tropper said.
“I asked the Minister to support the Creative Europe Agreements, which would significantly contribute to broadening cooperation between the two countries,” he added.
Creative Europe provides € 1.46 billion every seven years to thousands of artists, cultural projects, films and literary projects.
The European Union has concluded other similar funding agreements with Israel, the use of which is also prohibited in the territories occupied in 1967.
In 2013, while serving as Israeli Minister of Economy, current Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett secured funding for science and technology projects from the EU’s Horizon 2020 program.
Bennett oversaw the inclusion of an addendum to the deal, which stated that while Israel recognized the EU’s conditions regarding funding limits, it simultaneously rejected the EU’s opposition to funding projects in the settlements. illegal acts from the West Bank.
It is believed that the inclusion of Israel in the Creative Europe program will include a similar addendum.