“EU-Japan” invitation to tender
As part of the 2005 EU-Japan Year of People to People Exchanges, DG EAC issued a restricted invitation to tender [direct link to invitation], under Action 3 of the Culture 2000 programme, with a view to selecting projects to promote better mutual understanding of the cultures of these two regions. Three projects have been selected.
Study on the culture economy in Europe
The Commission has just published a contract notice in the Official Journal of 18 June 2005 (No S 117) in order to select a contractor to carry out a study on the culture economy in Europe.
This study, which is to last ten months, is intended to better gauge the cultural sector's contribution to attaining the objectives of the Lisbon Strategy. It will highlight the economic influence of the cultural sector in Europe and its contribution to economic growth and social cohesion, as well as its particularities and specific difficulties in comparison with the other sectors of the economy.
For further information, please read the specifications and other documents related to this notice, which may be downloaded from our website.
Please note that the deadline for submission of tenders is 17 July.
News related to Culture 2000
European Capitals of Culture: a new selection process
On 30 May the Commission adopted a proposal for a decision [insert link] intended to improve the process for selecting the European Capitals of Culture. This proposal, which will be debated in the European Parliament and the Council in the coming months, encourages Member States to organise a competition between interested cities, strengthens the role of the selection panel, introduces a monitoring phase to follow the selected Capitals’ preparations and specifies selection criteria to highlight the European dimension.
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Mobility of museum collections
Following the study carried out for the European Commission on national systems of public guarantees and the seminar organised by the Netherlands Presidency of the Council on the same subject from 27 to 29 October 2004, a group of experts — comprising of professionals from the sector and representatives from the national authorities and from the Commission — has met regularly to discuss concrete solutions to the problems concerning the mobility of museum collections. The group produced a report, which it presented to the Education and Culture Council in May.
A revised version of the Preliminary Draft of a Convention on the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions was adopted by UNESCO on 3 June, at the third session of the Intergovernmental Meeting of Experts. The meeting also recommended that this draft be adopted at UNESCO’s General Conference in October. The European Community has been actively involved in the negotiation process alongside the EU Presidency.