A Cultural Deal for Europe

November 18, 2020, 3:00 pm | November 18, 2020, 5:00 pm
November 18, 2020

On behalf of Culture Action Europe (CAE), the European Cultural Foundation, and Europa Nostra, coordinating the European Heritage Alliance, we are happy to invite you to the online debate “A Cultural Deal for Europe” to be held on 18 November 2020 from 15h00 to 17h00 CET.

Registration closed.

Last year, Culture Action Europe, the European Cultural Foundation and Europa Nostra, also in its capacity as the coordinator of the European Heritage Alliance, hosted a successful first ‘La Rentrée’ debate with seven of the newly elected members of the European Parliament, European Commission representatives, and about 100 stakeholders of the cultural, creative and cultural heritage sectors (23 September 2019, BOZAR). On this occasion, we received the best support from the Chair and Vice-Chairs of the European Parliament’s Culture and Education (CULT) Committee to make sure that culture is included in the title of the portfolio of a dedicated European Commissioner, and to advocate together for larger financial support for the cultural, creative and cultural heritage sectors in the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework (2021-2027).

One year on, we wish to continue our cooperation among the wider cultural stakeholders landscape and EU policymakers, starting every new EU parliamentary and political season with a joint debate on the most topical issues for the cultural, creative and cultural heritage sectors in Europe.

This year’s debate will reflect on critical questions about the role of culture for Europe’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and, more widely, for the future of Europe, involving the European Commissioner in  charge of Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel, the European Parliament CULT Committee Chair Sabine Verheyen, other fellow MEPs, together with representatives of Member States and of other European institutions, as well as a broad range of stakeholders and civil society actors. We have also extended our invitation for a (video) contribution to David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament, as well as to Apostolos Tzitzikostas, President of the European Committee of the Regions.

The 2-hours long online debate will be organised around three key topics/chapters:

Chapter 1: “Culture as a driving force for Europe’s recovery”, introduced by Tere Badia, Secretary General of Culture Action Europe, in conversation with the EP CULT Committee Chair Sabine Verheyen.

Chapter 2: “Philanthropy as contributor to the Cultural Deal for Europe”, introduced by André Wilkens, Director of the European Cultural  Foundation, in conversation with the  EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel.

Chapter 3: “Culture and cultural heritage for the Future of Europe”, introduced by Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic,  Secretary General of Europa Nostra, featuring video message from the French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune.

After each chapter, you will have the chance to take part in an online discussion with policymakers and various stakeholders from cultural, creative and heritage sectors, foundations and civil society.

Watch the live stream here.


15h00  Introduction by moderator Dharmendra Kanani (Friends of Europe)
15h05     Opening message by EP President David Sassoli (video)

A Cultural Deal as an opportunity to create a tangible multiannual perspective for strong cultural dimension and policies at EU level. Building the understanding of the vital role of culture for Europe.

15h10 Chapter 1:  “Culture as a driving force for the recovery of Europe”
  MEP Sabine Verheyen, Chair CULT Committee

Tere Badia Secretary General, Culture Action Europe

Moderated Q&A Discussion (15’)

15h42  Chapter 2: “Philanthropy as a part of the Cultural Deal for Europe”

Philanthropic sector’s contribution to Arts & Culture in Europe is significant and goes beyond the financial support. Exploring new models for public-philanthropic partnership for culture in Europe, could leverage resources and create new opportunities

Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for innovation, research, culture, innovation and youth

André Wilkens, Director, European Cultural Foundation

Moderated Q&A Discussion (15’)

16h15  Chapter 3: “Culture for the Future of Europe”

Culture has a crucial role to play for the EU’s recovery and cohesion. Voices of culture, creative sectors and cultural heritage must have a key place in the Conference of the Future of Europe. 

Clément Beaune, French Secretary of State for European Affairs (video message)

Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic, Secretary General, Europa Nostra

Moderated discussion (Q&A) (15’)

16h50 Conclusions by moderator and final words by President of the Committee of the Regions Apostolos Tzitzikostas and MEP Sabine Verheyen. 
17h00 End of the debate

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