In June 1999, the Commission published a call for applications
for experimental measures in anticipation of the Culture 2000 programme.
The European Union thus contributed to 55 cultural projects, which
received a total of 6.07 million euro.
Of the 410 applications submitted, the Commission selected 55, following
the opinion of a panel of independent experts representing several
cultural disciplines. More than 270 cultural operators from the
Member States of the Union and the countries of the European Economic
Area were involved in these projects.
Three types of experimental
measures were distinguished, defined on the basis of the proposal
for a Decision on Culture 2000, which was being negotiated at the
Measure 1: Experimental measures designed to test the implementation
of specific and innovative projects in the culture field. Of the
266 applications submitted under this measure, 42 projects were
selected for a total amount of more than 3 million euro.
Measure 2: Experimental measures covered by structured, multiannual
transnational cultural cooperation agreements. Of the 79 applications
submitted under this measure, 10 projects were selected for a total
amount of 2.2 million euro.
Measure 3: Experimental measures designed to try out the organisation
of special cultural events with a European and/or international
dimension. To mark the celebration in 2000 of the 250th anniversary
of the death of J.S. Bach, the Community support was earmarked for
projects relating to the knowledge and dissemination of the works
of this great figure in German and European music. Of the 65 applications
submitted under this measure, 3 large-scale projects were selected
for a total amount of 800 000 euro.