Circulation of European literary works


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Creative Europe (CREA)

Programme Description

The Creative Europe Programme supports the culture and audiovisual sectors.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



Circulation of European literary works


This action will support projects that will translate, publish, distribute and promote works of fiction.

Detailed Call Description

Selected projects will contribute to the following objectives:

  • strengthening the transnational circulation and diversity of European literary works in particular by encouraging translations from lesser used languages into English, German, French, Spanish (Castilian) and Italian
  • reaching new audiences for European literary works in the EU and beyond
  • strengthening the competitiveness of the book sector by encouraging cooperation within the book value chain

In addition to the translation, promotion and distribution activities (import strategy), proposals can also include business-to-business “export” activities to help foster the sales of translation rights in Europe and beyond. The proposed activities should be grouped in coherent work packages (i.e. major sub-division of the project). Each work package must have a corresponding list of activities, deliverables, milestones and critical risks.

Call Total Budget


Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan

Applicants will have to choose between the following categories of projects, both with maximum co-funding rate at 60%:
Category 1: individual applicant
Category 2: consortium made of a minimum of 2 eligible organisations

For category 1 or category 2 the grant requested per project shall not exceed € 300,000 with the following ceilings per size of projects:

  • small-scale : Projects proposing translation of up to 10 different books can receive up to €100,000;
  • medium-scale : Projects proposing translation of up to 20 different books can receive up to €200,000;
  • large scale : Projects proposing translation of at least 21 different books can receive up to €300,000.

(see page 49 of the annual work programme)

Thematic Categories

  • Culture
  • Other Thematic Category

Eligibility for Participation

  • Other Beneficiaries
  • Private Bodies

Eligibility For Participation Notes

Applicants must be legal entities established and officially registered in an eligible country, and be active in the publishing and book sector. Applicants must have had a legal existence for at least 2 years on the date of the deadline for submission of applications.
In addition, the project should comply with the following requirements regarding the works’ eligibility:

  • Eligible languages
  • Eligible works to be translated

(see page 49 of the annual work programme)

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Organization of European Programs & Cultural Relations
Νenant Μbogntanovitz
Business Planning Coordinator
Ifigenias 27, 2007 Acropolis, Nicosia
Telephone: +357 7000 1300

(Publish Date: 23/09/2021-for internal use only)