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Towards a Strategy for culture in the Mediterranean Region. A needs and opportunities assessment report in the field of culture policy and dialogue in the Mediterranean Region

The Ministers of Culture of the Euromediterranean Partnership decided in their meeting on 29-30 May 2008 in Athens to launch a process leading to the development of a Euro-Mediterranean Strategy on Culture. For the first time, the need for a coherent strategic vision was expressed and a mandate was given at the political level for the preparation of a regional Strategy on Culture that will have to be adopted by consensus by all partners of the Union for the Mediterranean.
With the objective to draft a demand driven strategy responding to the needs of the cultural field in partner countries, the EC has commissioned a report to identify strategic areas for both the public authorities and the civil society.

This report aims at giving food for thought to the EU, including practical information and recommendations that would contribute to designing the EU strategy in a thoughtful and efficient way. To reach this aim, the main body of this report is structured around three main interrelated areas of reflection and action.

  1. The first part presents an analysis of the cultural field, addressing cultural policy as well as the capacity of the cultural field in the Mediterranean.

  2. The second part deals with the impact and the contribution of the cultural field on the society, both at the economic and social levels. It deals with the cultural and creative industries . It analyses the role of culture as an access point to development and social cohesion and underlines the importance of culture in education and youth programmes.

  3. The third part aims at giving an account of the situation in terms of regional collaboration and international dialogue and identifying some obstacles and opportunities to develop balanced partnership. Building inclusive partnership and exploring new network modalities and ways to collaborate, within and beyond the Mediterranean, to present examples and offer new directions for further development in order to envisage how to foster fruitful partnerships in the region.
The full report final report

At the same time the European Cultural Foundation has published a book entitled: Cultural Policies in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Plaestine, Syria and Tunisia. The book provides an introduction to the realities of public cultural administration and policymaking.

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