- Results of the general call for 2003
In 2003, the Culture 2000 programme is supporting 201 cultural cooperation
projects, almost half of which involve the performing arts, this
year's priority area. See our press
release for further information...
We invite you to visit our site to see the projects selected in
2003 under Action
1 (annual projects) and Action
2 (multiannual projects).
- General call 2004 (Actions 1 and 2): number
of applications received
The 2004 call for proposals was open until 30 October 2003 for annual
projects (Action 1) and until 14 November 2003 for multiannual projects
(Action 2). The Commission received 525 applications relating to
the first action and 157 relating to the second. The selection procedure
is now under way. This involves several stages in order to ensure
that the selection is as objective as possible and in line with
the rules of good financial management: verification that the projects
comply fully with the criteria, qualitative evaluation by panels
of independent experts, financial check, submission to the programme's
management committee, consultation of the European Parliament followed
by other relevant departments of the European Commission.
Evaluation of the implementation of Culture 2000 in 2000 and 2001
An independent evaluation of the Culture 2000
programme was undertaken in the course of 2003 by the firm PLS Ramboll
This evaluation concludes that the "Culture
2000" programme is necessary in order to implement Article
151 of the Treaty, that the approach is sound and that it creates
cultural added value and European added value.
However, there are still some shortcomings in the programme; for
example, it has too many different objectives, especially given
the limited budget allocated to the programme.
The full text of this evaluation is available
in English on our
website, as is the relevant report
adopted by the Commission on 24 November.
- News update: Extension
of the Culture 2000 framework programme (continued)
At its plenary session on 16 December 2003, Parliament adopted a
decision extending the Culture 2000 programme to include 2005 and
The Council will give its opinion on this text during the first
quarter of 2004.
News related to Culture 2000
- Council resolutions in the field of culture
The Council adopted two resolutions at its meeting on 24/25 November
on cooperation between cultural institutions in the field of museums
and one on the
deposit of cinematographic works in the European Union.
organisations of European interest (continued)
Following implementation of the new Financial
Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities,
it has become necessary to establish a basic instrument for awarding
operating grants to European cultural bodies and for supporting
specific activities in the field of culture.
Under the codecision procedure, the European Parliament
issued its opinion
at first reading on 6 November. The Ministers of Culture reached
political agreement at the Council
meeting held on 24 November. The European institutions undertook
to ensure this text was adopted quickly.
For further information on this matter, please
refer to the June and October/November editions.
concerning the creation of a European observatory of cultural cooperation
on the state of cultural cooperation in Europe.
The text of both of these studies, carried out respectively by the
firms Ecotec Research and Consulting and Fundació Interarts
and EFAH, are available on
Everyone in the Culture
2000 team wishes you all a merry Christmas and happy New Year.