From 2002 to 2004, the EC budget included funds for preparatory
actions for cooperation on cultural matters. This appropriation
had a limited budget (2,1 million euros in 2004) and was intended
to finance measures aimed at developing cultural cooperation.
According to EC budgetary rules, funds relating to preparatory
actions are intended to prepare proposals with a view to the adoption
of future Community actions. These funds may only be entered in
the budget for a maximum of three financial years.
In 2002 these funds were used to finance several studies,
and to support two experimental projects: the first aimed to study
the feasibility of networking national export structures in the
music industry, and the second was concerned with developing a website
for information on the mobility of artists
In 2003 the funds have been used mostly for supporting projects
in the framework of a call for proposals. This call has been published
in the Official Journal OJ C 217 on 12.09.2003.
The European Commission has finalised the examination of proposals
submitted under the Call for proposals under the special budgetary
line 'Preparatory actions for cooperation on cultural matters'.
6 projects have been selected, under 4 different themes of the call.
They have various budgets and thus have received various EU grants.
of the 6 selected projects (pdf format)
In 2004 the funds have been used for supporting projects
selected in the framework of a call for proposals, published in
the OJ C174 of 6 July 2004.
Presentation of the selected