EU Policy

No matter whether the EU is (supposed to be) driven by an economic rationale or by common intangible values, the cultural element of its essence is not something to neglect. In the context of the gloomy reality of today, the EU needs to invent a bold new narrative, and to nourish and strengthen the sense of a common culture. The arts are there to create a space and tools for various communities to engage in dialogue, where different views can be freely shared, understood and accepted; conditions needed to sustain democracy and to enable the EU to exist as well as prosper. 

This section is both about the role of culture and the arts in the future of the EU, and about the EU policies which affect our sector.

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The European Commission has released the 2018 Work Programme of Creative Europe, which outlines the policy framework, the priorities and the actions implementing the Creative Europe programme in 2018.
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The Reflection Paper by Culture Action Europe “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.
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The impact of digitisation - lowering communication costs and outreach - as well as the cultural shift of people wanting to connect more meaningfully with things they do, has made crowdfunding an increasingly popular method of fundraising and community building.
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The European institutions are currently evaluating the Creative Europe programme and collecting suggestions for the post-2020 programme for culture. As a response, IETM and European Dancehouse Network issued a position paper, fed with experiences and insights from members of both of our networks. The paper reflects our views on the current programme and contains recommendations regarding its post-2020 successor.
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Sandra Coumans talks about how cultural organisations from Eastern Europe and the Balkans learn from each other on an international level.
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In the context of the wider debate on the future of the European Union, the European Alliance for Culture and the Arts welcomes the Commission’s Reflection Paper on the Social Dimension of Europe.
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Cultural institutions across Europe should create new museums and exhibitions dedicated to migration, as arts and culture are “uniquely placed” to empower refugees, a major new European Union (EU) report has concluded.
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IETM Bucharest session "How to save Europe?" addressed the gloomy reality Europe is living through: democratic deficit, institutional crisis, increasingly predominant populist and nationalist rhetoric, social disintegration. A group of around 50 participants coming from very diverse realities attempted to identify the ways in which culture and the arts can help overcoming the depression Europe has been driven to.
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On 23 May the Council adopted conclusionson on an EU strategic approach to international cultural relations. The conclusions follow the joint communication from the High Representative and the European Commission of 8 June 2016 entitled "Towards an EU Strategy for international cultural relations" of 8 June 2016". They provide guidance on the EU's strategic approach to international cultural relations.
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Cultural operators, whether institutions, businesses, NGOs are right to make the case that cultural investment is good for foreign relations and ultimately to achieve EU goals (including in economic and trade fields). They now have to build the case justifying more culture in EU external relations’ policy.

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