The future of Community action in the field
On 9 March the Commission adopted a Communication
entitled "Making citizenship work: promoting European culture
and diversity through programmes for Youth, Culture, Audiovisual
and Civic Participation".
This document sets out the content of the legislative proposals
which the Commission will be submitting later this year with a view
to adopting a new generation of programmes for the post-2006 period
in the areas mentioned above, as well as the reasons behind these
In the area of culture, the Commission is planning to propose a
programme which would focus on the following three main objectives:
the transnational mobility of people working in the cultural sector;
the transnational circulation of works of art (including immaterial
works, such as music); and intercultural dialogue. In order to ensure
that the projects supported by the programme are of sufficient scope
and have maximum added value at European level, each activity supported
by the programme would have to combine at least two of the above
The Union would therefore continue to support cultural cooperation
projects, would contribute to the operating costs of cultural organisations
whose work is in the European interest or who act as 'ambassadors'
of European culture in the world, and would provide support for
studies and information on cultural cooperation issues.
The text of the Communication will be available shortly on our
in all official languages of the EU.
Whether traditional or modern, pieces for everyday use or collection
pieces, ceramics are an international art form
Six of Europe's leading ceramics museums (Deutsches Porzellanmuseum
- Germany, Musée national Adrien Dubouché - France,
The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery - United Kingdom, Museo Internazionale
delle Ceramiche - Italy, Museu Nacional do Azulejo - Portugal, and
The Herend Porcelain Museum Foundation - Hungary) have been working
together since 2001 to investigate the innovations and upheavals
which have marked the art of ceramics in Europe over the last 150
years. A travelling exhibition has been organised to display the
results of their research, and the works presented reveal both strong
national traditions and a shared European history whose diversity
is its key asset. Don't miss it
Having already been in Budapest, Lisbon, Limoges
(France) and Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom), the exhibition is
currently being shown in Faenza (Italy) until 2 May, before moving
to Selb Plössberg (Germany), where it will be shown from 23
July to 3 October.
This multiannual project is receiving funding
of the Culture 2000 programme for the period 2001-2004.