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A new start for European Youth Orchestra

The European Commission welcomes today’s vote by the European Parliament, which secures the funding for the European Youth Orchestra until 2020, through an amendment to the Regulation on the Creative Europe programme. The action carried out by MEP Silvia Costa, which led the negotiations with the Commission and the Council of European Ministers, was successfully crowned and the Italian Government was convinced to host in Italy the Orchestra founded 41 years ago by Claudio Abbado, in agreement with Rai (The national television Italian channel) and the Municipality of Ferrara.

The Orchestra, founded in 1976, provides regular training and performance opportunities for young musicians all over Europe and confirms the vital role of culture and education in spreading the European spirit of freedom, creativity and openness. Today’s decision guarantees a legally sound and transparent solution for sustainable financial support for the Orchestra, taking account of its specific features and its role in enriching the cultural heritage of Europe.

EUYO is an extraordinary experience that could not be interrupted and, as a European parliamentarian and as an Italian, I am very satisfied with our success. Young European musicians will be able to continue this wonderful experience of sharing a ‘European musical citizenship’ even after Brexit. Moreover, saving this experience was also fundamental for the historical value that music has had in the process of European Union. Music was our first common language “. Silvia Costa said at the end of the vote.

With Brexit, the headquarter of the EUYO moves to Italy

After the Brexit, thanks to my proposal, immediately collected by the Minister Franceschini who reached an agreement with the RAI and the Mayor of Ferrara, the EUYO will move from London to Italy. Here the EUYO will take the legal form of a Foundation with its registered office and the Board’s Office in Rome, in one of the Rai offices, and with its operational headquarters in Ferrara, thanks to the collaboration and financial support of the Municipal Administration (€ 400 thousand for the years 2018, 2019, 2020)”.

New media channels for EUYO

With this provision – continues Silvia Costa – we also ask that the orchestra develop a greater capacity to involve musicians from all Member States with national selections advertised in an appropriate manner, also other resources of sponsors as well as greater visibility also in the European media online. I hope that Rai, together with the Union of European public television stations, will be in the front row in this task, as assured by the president Monica Maggioni, who is also vice president of EBU.

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