Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council:
- extracts from the press conference
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council / Justus Lipsius
End production: 17/05/2013 First transmission: 17/05/2013
In public deliberation, the Council reach a general approach on the proposal for a
decision establishing a Union action for the European Capitals of Culture for the years 2020-
2033. It will also designate the European Capitals of Culture for the years 2017 and 2018.
Ministers had an exchange of views on cultural diversity, in the context of the future
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement between the EU and the USA.
The Council also held, in public deliberation, a policy debate on the use of culture as a soft
policy option in EU external relations
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Jimmy Deenihan, Irish Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht: last year we work on the strategy regarding culture relations between EU and China, this expert group delivered a report which pointed some recommendations for the exploitation of this work. Today we consider how we could act on these recommendations whether the strategic EU approach on this area would be pursued. Commissioner Vassiliou and I visited last year China and we were very enthusiastically received there by the cultural representatives. So this is something the Chinese government is very enthusiastic.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Jimmy Deenihan: Today I was pleased to update my colleagues in how we have progress in work on the file Creative Europe. This program which will promote culture and creativity creates conditions for growth and employment in this sector. It is progressing well under the Irish presidency and we will continue to push for agreement on a program which brings together citizens as a community, Europe for citizens.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Michel Magnier, Director for "Culture and Creativity" at DG "Education and Culture" of the EC: Denmark, and Chypre Paphos in Valletta in Malta, being chosen as the capital of culture in 2018 is an opportunity for cultural and also economic development. European capitals of culture are one of the best known initiatives by citizens. It is very satisfying to see that Member States support this initiative in a very active and Madame Vassiliou has welcomed the Irish Presidency for their excellent work.
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