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CULTURE 2000

Implementation of the programme for the year 2001


 

Official title

Culture 2000 Programme (1 January 2000 to 31 December 2004).

 

Legal references

Decision No 508/2000/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 February 2000 establishing the Culture 2000 programme, Official Journal L 63 of 10 March 2000.

Notice of information on the implementation of the programme for the year 2001 and call for applications, Official Journal C 21 of 24 January 2001

 

Objectives

Culture 2000 is a five-year (2000-2004) Community programme with a total budget of EUR 167 million. This financial instrument is being used to grant funding to cultural cooperation projects in all artistic and cultural fields (performing arts, plastic and visual arts, literature, heritage, cultural history). The programme's objectives are to develop an area of cultural diversity and common cultural heritage. Culture 2000 aims to encourage creation and mobility, access to culture for all, the dissemination of art and culture, intercultural dialogue and knowledge of the history of the European peoples. The programme also considers culture a factor of social integration and socio-economic development.

 

Beneficiaries

To be eligible, project applicants (project managers) and co-organisers must be public or private cultural bodies with a legal status whose main activity is in the cultural field and is directly aimed at the public (with the exception of international organisations like Unesco or the Council of Europe).

They must also be part of one of the following countries participating in the programme:

  • the fifteen Member States of the European Union
  • the three EEA/EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway)
  • the following ten Central and Eastern European countries: Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia (according to the partnership agreements the EC has signed with each of these countries).

 

Timetable

Culture 2000 is for a period of 5 years, from 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2004.
For the programme's implementation in 2001, all the projects other than those of the "cooperation agreement" kind are for a period of one year and must begin in 2001.
However, Community support will only be granted for a period of one calendar year.

 

Nature of activities

The initiatives supported by the Commission in 2001 must be developed in the following four fields:

  1. common European cultural heritage (movable, non-movable, architectural, archaeological)
  2. European artistic and literary creation
  3. mutual knowledge of the history and culture of the peoples of Europe
  4. 'reserved action' initiatives (Presidency of the Council of the European Union, European Capitals of Culture). These actions are not covered by the present call for proposals.

Each of the three fields above is subdivided into:

  1. "Experimental, innovative or specific projects" and
  2. Projects covered by "Structured, multiannual cultural cooperation agreements" for which there are different amounts of aid and organisation conditions.


Description of the types of eligible projects:

1. Initiatives aimed at highlighting the common European cultural heritage

  • 1.1 "Experimental, innovative or specific projects":

    a) cooperation between museums to promote significant movable elements of European heritage with the help of new technologies;

    b) travelling exhibitions highlighting elements of the movable heritage from the same period or the same European artistic movement;

    c) projects where heritage professionals are involved in restoration work on the building or movable heritage from the 10th to the 15th century;

    d) projects where building and archaeological heritage professionals are involved in helping young people and/or socially disadvantaged people gain access to or become aware of European heritage;

The projects must involve co-organisers from at least three different participating States.

  • 1.2 Projects covered by "structured, multiannual cultural cooperation agreements":

    a) promotion of the European dimension of a cultural movement and or an artistic school characteristic of the 19th or 20th century (movable or non-movable heritage);

    b) sub-aquatic archaeology for remains of European importance;

    c) architecture and architectural heritage of European importance;

    d) protection and promotion of archives of European importance (except cinematography archives).

These projects must be designed and carried out in the form of exhibitions, cultural events, exchanges of experience, multimedia productions, etc., using new technologies and be accessible to as many people as possible (multilingual presentations)

  • 1.3 "European heritage laboratories" projects:

    Support will be awarded to four projects involving the preservation of cultural heritage of exceptional importance and European significance, using innovative methods and techniques.


2. Initiatives aimed at promoting European artistic and literary creation

  • 2.1 "Experimental, innovative or specific projects":

    a) projects involving authors and publishers in the context of "e-Europe", exploring the potential of new technologies in the literary field;

    b) cultural cooperation involving various operators of artistic creation;

    c) cooperation projects involving authors, operators and institutes active in literary promotion projects;

    d) cultural cooperation projects in the field of the performing arts, visual and applied arts;

    e) cultural cooperation projects aimed at promoting the mobility of young authors, composers and performers of music across Europe;

    f) cooperation projects combining cultural transmission, artistic creation and social integration;

    g) cooperation projects encouraging collaboration at European level between writers of different literary genres (poetry, narrative literature, theatre);

    h) travelling exhibitions presenting new forms of artistic expression, notably those involving the use of new technologies;

    i) completion of about 50 literary translation projects (fiction) for work by European authors written after 1950, including children's books.

 

  • 2.2 Projects covered by "structured, multiannual cultural cooperation agreements":

    Projects will be selected in each of the following fields, with emphasis on the co-production and circulation of works:
    Contemporary dance, visual and applied arts, opera and lyric theatre, theatre, contemporary music, collaboration between associations of writers and literary institutes to develop exchanges at European level, contemporary performing arts.

 

  • 2.3 "Cultural cooperation projects" in third countries not participating in the programme
    Organisation of events (festival, exhibitions) promoting intercultural dialogue and mutual exchange between the cultures of the countries participating in the programme and the cultures of third countries on European cultural themes of common interest.

 

3. Initiatives aiming to promote mutual knowledge of the culture and history of the peoples of Europe

  • 3.1 "Experimental, innovative or specific projects":
    • promotion of the values and cultural heritage common to the peoples of Europe, using new technologies;
    • innovative cooperation to promote European cultural and historical places of memory, using various media and with a multilingual approach;
    • projects devoted to the highlighting of themes and currents of thought characteristic of the 18th and 19th centuries in Europe;

  • 3.2 Projects covered by "structured, multiannual, cultural cooperation agreements":
    Cooperation projects will be selected in the following fields (in the form of travelling exhibitions, cultural events, exchanges of experience, publications, etc.):
  • a) mutual influences between different philosophical and religious movements in Europe from the 1st to the 9th century A.D.;
    b) influence of the period of "Enlightenment" on the reality of contemporary European society and on the construction of Europe;
    c) mutual knowledge of the history and cultures of the European peoples in the context of non-formal education in Europe and amongst the general public.

  • 3.3 Special cultural event: "Verdi"
    Given that the year 2001 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Verdi, the Commission will support three projects commemorating this anniversary. These events must have a strong European character in terms of their organisation and the audience they target.

 

Amount of aid

  1. For the "experimental, innovative or specific projects" (points 1.1, 2.1, 3.1), the support granted to each project may not be less than EUR 50 000 or greater than EUR 150 000 and in no case may it exceed 60 % of the project's total eligible budget.

  2. For projects covered by "structured, multiannual, cultural cooperation agreements", the support granted to each project may not exceed 60% of the total eligible budget for the cultural cooperation agreement. The payment of the funds will be spread out over the entire period of the agreement and may not exceed EUR 300 000 a year.

  3. Third category of projects:
    For "European heritage laboratories" projects (point 1.3), financial support ranges from EUR 150 000 to EUR 300 000 and may not exceed 60% of the project's total eligible budget.
    For "cultural cooperation projects" in third countries not participating in the programme (point 2.3), the support granted may not be less than EUR 50 000 or more than EUR 150 000 and in no case may it exceed 50% of the project's total eligible budget.
    For the Verdi Cultural Event (Point 3.3.), the support granted may not be less than EUR 150 000 or greater than EUR 300 000 and in no case may it exceed 60% of the project's total eligible budget.

 

Budget

The overall budget for the execution of the Culture 2000 programme, for the period from 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2004, amounts to EUR 167 million.
Appropriations for the second year of the programme (2001) total EUR 33 million.

 

Implementation

The European Commission, with the assistance of a management committee, will implement the programme.

For the year 2001:

  • experimental cultural or artistic projects and others must be submitted to the Commission, using the application forms, by no later than 4 April 2001;

  • cultural or artistic projects covered by "multiannual cultural cooperation agreements" must be submitted to the Commission, using the application forms, by no later than 15 May 2001.

The European Commission will select the projects on the basis of the opinion of a panel of independent experts.

 

Communication means:

  1. Cultural contact points
    Cultural contact points have been established in the Member States, in Iceland and in Norway. Their job is to promote the programme, to facilitate access to and participation in the programme for as many cultural professionals as possible, to provide an efficient link with the national institutions providing aid to the cultural sector in the Member States and to provide information and contact at the appropriate level between operators participating in the Culture 2000 programme and those participating in other Community programmes open for cultural projects.

  2. The calls for proposals, the addresses of the cultural information contact points and additional information on the programmes are available on the Internet at the following address:
    http://ec.europa.eu/culture/index_en.htm

  3. The freefone number of the department responsible for the Culture programme is:
    0032/2/296 65 99


Additional sources of information

European Commission
Directorate-General Education and Culture
Development of policy in the cultural field
Culture 2000 Programme
100 rue Belliard
Office 5/21
B-1049 Brussels

Freefone number: +32/2/296 65 99
E-mail: eac-culture@cec.eu.int

 


date of publication: 03/01



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