on European cities and capitals of culture
A study which takes stock of the projects "European Capitals
of Culture" and "European Cultural Month", mainly
between 1995 and 2004, is now available on our website. This study,
which was carried out on behalf of the European Commission by
the company Palmer/Rae Associates, analyses the major themes of
the projects, makes recommendations for the future and presents
individual reports on each of the 29 cities covered. Policy decision-makers,
researchers and organisers of future European capitals are sure
to find it very informative.
The "European Capitals of Culture" initiative is a
Community action established by Decision
No 1419/1999/EC. The European Union provides a financial contribution
for this through its Culture 2000 programme. This contribution,
which goes towards actions with a European dimension, varies between
EUR 200 000 and EUR 1 million per project.
- Second intermediary evaluation of the Culture 2000 programme
The fifth recital of Decision
626/2004/EC, extending the Culture 2000 programme for 2005
and 2006, stipulates that the European Commission must provide
a full and detailed assessment report on the programme by 31 December
2005 at the latest.
To prepare this report on the basis of an independent evaluation,
the Commission published a contract
notice in the Official Journal of 31 August 2003 (No S 169)
with a view to selecting a consultant. The contract will be awarded
following an open invitation to tender. For further information,
we invite you to read the specifications and other documents relating
to this contract, which you can download from our website.
N.B.: you have until 14 October to send
us your tenders.
- Call for "special actions"
At the summit between the European Union and Japan in 2002, it
was decided that 2005 should be EU-Japan Year of People-to-People
Exchanges, with a view to promoting knowledge and mutual understanding
between people in Japan and Europe. As part of this project, DG
EAC is launching, under action
3 of the Culture 2000 programme, a restricted call for proposals
to the competent national authorities in the field of culture
in order to select cultural cooperation projects to be held in
Japan in 2005. The guidelines will very soon be available on our
- New information on the website of the culture unit:
list of cultural operators who took part in Culture 2000 in
2003 and 2004.
- Study on the ties between culture and education
Following an open invitation to tender, the European Commission
selected the tender proposed by the University of Lorraine for
the completion of a study
to produce an inventory of the best practices linking culture
with education in the Member States, the 12 candidate countries
and the EEA countries.
- Seminar on culture
This seminar, which was organised by the Dutch Presidency
with the support of the European Union, brought together a large
number of experts and representatives of the Ministries of Education
and Culture of the Member States; it was held in The Hague from
8 to 11 September. For three days, the delegates discussed the
teaching of the arts and cultural heritage in Europe, the crucial
role it plays in the development of European citizens and its
contribution to strengthening European citizenship and improving
mutual understanding between people in Europe.
At the seminar, Mrs Reding, Member of the Commission responsible
for education and culture, gave some encouraging words and pointed
out the importance attached by the Commission to strengthening
the ties between education and culture. This is reflected in the
proposals presented by the Commission on 14 July 2004 for the
generation of programmes in these areas.