Covid-19 and the support to cultural industries: a (temporary) change of paradigm

The integration of cultural considerations in European Union’s policies has always been a controversial topic, because of the need to reconcile the promotion of culture with other EU primary aims, such as the creation of a common market and the need to safeguard the competition: this is the reason why the idea of cultural exception has been developed. This contribution aims at analyzing the new approach which characterizes the Temporary Framework adopted by the European Commission in March 2020, paying particular attention to the funding of cultural industries and focusing especially on the audiovisual sector, in an attempt to understand on the one hand how this temporary measure combines itself with the other EU provisions on state aid, on the other hand whether it is possible to consider it a step towards a new way of balancing cultural and economic considerations.