What: Culture and EU institutions

We, as cultural players and citizens, can contribute to the democratic development of the European Union – a project that we believe wants to express a complex identity rather the hegemony of a single language, culture or religion. We work to integrate culture in EU strategy, policy, programmes and budget. We maintain direct relationships with the European Commission, the European Parliament Culture Committee and other relevant Committees. We follow the activities of the Council of Ministers and seek to influence the work of the Cultural Affairs Committee through working with our network of national members and partners. We are institutional observers to the Council of Europe and the UNESCO, as well as a driving force in the structured dialogue platforms of the EU.




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Culture Action Europe (CAE) has carried out an analysis of the first two years of operation of the Creative Europe programme’s Culture sub-programme. The analysis and ensuing recommendations are based on a survey launched by CAE. They offer a preliminary appraisal of how the cultural sector has adapted to Creative Europe, as well as the programme’s adjustment to the needs…

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TTIP has been stuck in technical negotiations since those started three years ago. Negotiators hope to reach a deal before the end of 2016. However, political agendas on both sides of the Atlantic and the recent EU referendum in the UK suggest a longer process is most likely. The postponement of negotiations is made even more probable by the recent…

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In June 2016 a majority (51.9%) of British voters elected to leave the European Union, yet 96% of the UK cultural sector indicated its desire to remain1. In this little guide, Culture Action Europe (CAE) considers possible models for the kind of relationship that the UK may develop with the EU within the framework of the UK vote to leave….

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The Reflection Paper “Belonging and Becoming: A cultural response to the White Paper on the Future of Europe and the accompanying reflection papers” proposes a first answer to this question, reflecting the voices of over 500 cultural players throughout Europe. A QUICK OVERVIEW The Cultural Sector’s assessment of the 5 Scenarios Guiding principles and actions for a 6th Scenario A cultural response…

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On 25/26 February 2016 a group of about 35 participants representing the creative and cultural sectors from the EU Member States gathered in Berlin to discuss “developing the entrepreneurial and innovation potential of the cultural and creative sectors”. The process formed part of a Structured Dialogue between the European Commission and the cultural sector under the banner ‘Voices of Culture’….

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On 14 June 2013, the Council of the European Union gave green light to the European Commission to start the negotiation of a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (better know under its acronym TTIP) with the United States, the biggest export market for Europe. This trade agreement will potentially reach 850 million of consumers and is said to bring 0,5% GDP to the EU,…

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The Evolution of EU Cultural Policy in the Post Maastricht Period Master thesis by Blanka Konopka, “The Evolution of EU Cultural Policy in the Post-Maastricht Period – Towards Commission Dominance and the Commodification of Culture?” Culture has been widely treated as having a dual rationale at EU Level, both symbolic and economic, however scholars observing the post-Maastricht period of EU…

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The campaign was informally born in Hangzhou (China), in May 2013. Leaders of global cultural networks were called to contribute to the Hangzhou Conference “Culture: Key to Sustainable Development” and convened to discuss how culture elements should be considered in Sustainable Development Goals (to be approved by United Nations in September 2015). The campaign has published three main documents. 1. “Culture as…

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Below is a collection of Culture Action Europe’s documents produced between March 2014 and February 2015, in the context of Creative Europe first year work plan. CAE would like to thank the European Cultural Foundation for its support in developing this research and editorial work.

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You will find here Background Notes on European Capital of Culture:

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CAE’s 2013 reflection paper (in French) on Culture and EU external relations, written together with Relais Culture Europe.

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You will find here CAE’s inventory of terms on advocacy (2013).