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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Some of the changes and novelties in the freshly released programme stem from the shift in EU’s overall guiding priorities. The focus on “growth and job”shifted towards greening, gender equality and social inclusion.
Following the “Make culture central in the EU recovery” open letter we published and endorsed on 30 October 2020 together with 109 other pan-European cultural networks, our group comes together again in a second letter to reiterate our call to the national governments and the European Commission to secure a future for culture and cultural life in Europe.
The joy was indescribable, the day that Leeuwarden was chosen as the European Capital of Culture 2018. But once the bid was won, the problems started. An article by Jeffrey Meulman.
The Covid-19 crisis has proved devastating for the cultural and creative sectors. IETM's Head of Policy and Research Elena Polivtseva connects the impacts of the pandemic to a longer-term failure to adequately address the working conditions of cultural professionals, calling for EU action to help protect the sector’s future.
The European Commission and stakeholders published a new study that sheds light on the status and working conditions of artists, cultural and creative professionals.
In this Declaration from the European Theatre Forum 2020 co-written by IETM, we address the current challenges faced by theatre and the performing arts and put forward eight policy recommendations and actions to strengthen these sectors in the years ahead.
This short report summarises the key findings of our On the Road Munich, organised in collaboration with Meta Theater on 24 October 2020, both online and on-site in the Pasinger Fabrik in Munich, Germany.
This essay written by Théo Majcher in 2017 with the support of the European Network for Cultural Centres (ENCC) is adressing the theme of European identity through the values of arts and culture.
This Joint Research Centre report on COVID-19 and cultural and creative sectors identifies highly vulnerable cultural jobs and creative cities.
In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, we call on the national governments to take measures to safeguard the long-term viability of the cultural and creative sectors.

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