It is from 1991 onwards that the Treaty establishing the European
Union, through its article 128 (now article 151), gave culture a
place of its own.
This article defines the role of the EU in the cultural field and
sets out four main objectives:
- Contributing to the flowering of the cultures of the Member States,
whilst respecting their national and regional diversity and at the
same time bringing the common cultural heritage to the fore;
- Encouraging contemporary cultural creation;
- Taking the cultural dimension into account more in all Community
- Encouraging cooperation between the Member States and with third
countries and international organisations.
It is on the basis of this article that decision
n° 508/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing
the Culture 2000 programme was adopted on 14th February 2000 establishing the Culture 2000 programme.
(DECISION No 508/2000/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 14 February 2000)
This programme, which was due to end on 31st December 2004, has been prolonged for two more years (2005 and 2006. Over the years, the Programme has opened up to candidate countries
through memoranda of understanding.
The new Culture Programme is established by the Decision No1855/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, published in the Official Journal n° L 372 of 27 December 2006.
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