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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IETM welcomes the outline of the new Creative Europe programme, which is seemingly more oriented towards social and democratic values, empowering citizens, promoting fundamental rights and democratic participation, and “sustaining open, inclusive and creative societies”. We also appreciate the European Commission’s willingness to “support the creation and dissemination of quality and diverse European works”
The European Commission has released its proposal for the European Union’s future budget (2021-2027). Read our reaction and share it as widely as possible.
On the 2nd of May, the European Commision released its proposal for the EU’s budget for 2021-2027, a “pragmatic plan for how to do more with less.” (J-C. Juncker). Overall, the Commission proposes a long-term budget of €1,135 billion . Taking into account inflation, this is comparable to the size of the current 2014-2020 budget.
The innovative power of the cultural and creative sectors is essential for the further development of European economies and societies, because it: - generates well-being and cohesion; - shapes the public space used by millions of Europeans.
Creative Europe, the current EU programme for cultural and creative sectors, has proven its potential to build interpersonal bonds and emotional engagement beyond national frontiers; these are the strongest glue of the European project and the undeniable foundation for a shared European future. Artistic mobility and cooperation across borders are vital when it comes to nourishing mutual understanding, solidarity, and thinking beyond national paradigms. The need for international exchange is insufficiently addressed at Member State level, and some of the current political developments, both...
Discussion on the future EU budget has started. The negotiations are decisive for the next programming period (2020-2025) and the implementation of priority policies to advance the European project. Will these discussions reflect on Brexit and the push for nationalism in a growing number of EU Member States? Will the EU budget address the relationship of European citizens and improve mutual understanding? What is the meaning that will be given to EU actions? Growth and competitiveness? Or will it boil down to greediness and selfishness?
This learning kit looks at awareness raising and advocacy as members of the same 'family', comprised of activities, methods and strategies that help organisations argue for certain heritage related issues or causes in a wider social and political arena. While focused on cultural heritage, it includes practical tips and strategies that you could find useful for the performing arts field as well.
This Advocacy and Networking Toolkit provides information on what networking, advocacy and lobbying for the arts is actually all about, with examples of how collaboration can positively and professionally draw attention to these issues that concern artists and cultural workers. While it is rooted in Arterial Network's pan-African experiene, it provides lots of practical tips that can be adapted to other contexts.
This publication collects relevant evidence substantiating the impact of culture across a range of EU policy fields. The evidence included in this impact review demonstrates without doubt the EU added value of culture and the subsequent need to properly support the cultural ecosystem.
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This IETM Brussels session was an attempt to cast aside all the doubts, disbelief and frustrations regarding the EU’s cultural policy, and to take a courageous look into the further, deeper future. Panelists and participants allowed themselves to dream and envisage what should be the right place, role and resources for culture and the arts within the European project.

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