- General call for 2004: selection procedure continues
The Commission has now completed its checks on the eligibility
of the applications received under actions 1 and 2 of the Culture
This means that the second phase of the procedure, namely the project
evaluation proper, can now begin. This will be done by a group
of independent experts who will meet in Brussels from 16 to 21
February 2004. Based on the views of this group the Commission
will make its selection, which it will present to the programme
management committee and then to the European Parliament.
It should be noted that under the new financial regulation no
information can be sent to the applicants before the end of the
procedure, whether they have been selected or not.
- Culture 2000 celebrates enlargement
Under action 3 (special cultural events with a European or
international dimension), the Culture 2000 programme co-finances
projects in 2004 intended to mark the upcoming enlargement
of the European Union. These four cooperation projects - selected
following a restricted call for proposals - are intended to draw
attention to the cultural dimension of this event.
News related to Culture 2000
Irish Presidency of the Council
The Irish Presidency of the Council, covering the first half
of 2004, has announced its programme of activities. It plans to
organise three seminars on the following topics related to culture:
11 - 12 March 2004 - Literature and the promotion of cultural
and linguistic diversity.
19 - 20 April 2004 - Creative financing and Music
May 2004 - Arts Policy and Action: Networking for the Arts
- Report on the implementation of the
old Community programmes Kaleidoscope, Ariane and Raphaël
The old Community cultural programmes Kaleidoscope,
Ariane and Raphaël, the precursors of the Culture 2000 programme,
were the subject of an independent evaluation carried out by GMV
Conseil during 2003.
full text of
this evaluation is available in French on
our Internet site, as is
the report adopted on this subject by the Commission
on 23 January 2004.
- Culture 2000 and the central European countries:
carried out by the Budapest
monitoring centre shows that operators from these countries
play a very active role in the Community programme.
Following a restricted call for tender, the
European Commission awarded a contract to study European Capitals
and Cities of Culture and the European Cultural Months (1995-2004)
to the company Palmer/Rae Associates.
Following an open procedure the European Commission
selected the bid submitted jointly by the Réunion des
Musées nationaux and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
to carry out a study to inventorise national systems of public
guarantees relating to insurance costs for the circulation of
works of art intended for showing in exhibitions in Europe.
Following the examination of the projects received
in the context of the call for proposals under budget line "Preparatory
actions for cultural cooperation", six
projects were selected. These focus on the following four
themes: cooperation between Member States, structured cooperation
between operators, cultural industries and education and culture.