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Creative Europe – Rapid response mechanism – 2022

Creative Europe - Rapid response mechanism, aiming at defending media freedom and pluralism.

3.1 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors Culture, Media & Communication Justice, Security, Defence
Beneficiaries All beneficiaries
Regions Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union, Mediterranean countries

Additionnal countries eligible to the programme :

  • EFTA countries which are part of the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidates
  • European Neighbourhood Policy countries

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Priorities and funded actions


To promote policy cooperation and innovative actions supporting all strands of the Programme and to promote a diverse, independent and pluralistic media environment and media literacy, thereby fostering freedom of artistic expression, intercultural dialogue and social inclusion.


Priority 1 : To propose sustainable funding for projects with a focus on legal and practical assistance to journalists in the EU and elsewhere, including safety and cybersecurity training for journalists and diplomatic support

Among financed actions

  • Design and manage a Europe-wide rapid response mechanism to support media freedom and journalists’ safety, covering all EU Member States.
  • Provide legal and practical support to journalists and other media practitioners in need.
  • Organise advocacy missions to locations where journalists are under threat.
  • Monitor the state of media freedom in the EU Member States and Candidate Countries

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals
  • Initial duration of the action: 24 months


  • Be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • Be established in one of the eligible countries
  • Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least two applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities), which both comply with the following conditions:
    • Minimum 2 independent entities from 2 different eligible countries
    • Proposals may be submitted by any of the following applicants or combinations of: non-profit organisations (private or public); international organisations; universities; educational institutions; research centres
  • Total budget of the call: 4.1 million euro
  • Total budget of the topic « Rapid response mechanism »: 3.1 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 90% of the total eligible costs

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