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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On 17 November, European leaders met in Gothenburg to discuss the future role of education and culture in strengthening a shared European identity and sustaining the diversity and richness of the European Union. The European Commission has contributed to this meeting with the communication “Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture”, which lays out the Commission’s vision on the role of culture and education in the future of the EU.
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Cultural work with refugees has a long history. It is a contentious area. Instrumental approaches to cultural work with refugees raise significant issues. This briefing outlines the contentions, provides a theoretical basis for the work, gives leading examples of cultural work with refugees, including work that promotes intercultural understanding and work that promotes fear. It outlines key findings and recommendations, which have a substantial focus on ethical engagement, aesthetic importance and societal wellbeing.
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This briefing paper explores cultural work with refugees in Europe, analysing the current funding programmes of the European Union. The paper particularly focuses on the Erasmus+, Creative Europe and Europe for Citizens programmes. The findings are complemented by case studies and feedback from EU-funded projects under each programme. The paper provides recommendations for the future EU programme generation.
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Manick Govinda of UK arts production organisation Artsadmin is an advocate for the UK’s vote to leave the European Union. His colleague Judith Knight, who founded the organisation, takes the opposite view.
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The last few years have seen a dramatic growth of interest in international cultural relations (ICR) and cultural diplomacy (CD) at the EU level. This policy paper identifies some of the key opportunities and constraints in the advancement of ICR and CD in the interactive relationship between culture and foreign policy.
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The European Alliance for Culture and Arts welcomes the opportunity to discuss the central role regions and cities play to address key challenges in future European policy making and cooperation between EU Member States.
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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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