All across Europe, a growing number of voices are rising against the cuts in budgets for culture.
They claim that culture is not a luxury. It is not a cost. It is a necessary investment for social cohesion and socio-economic development. In Italy, the financial newspaper "Il Sole 24 Ore" launched a petition, Un appello all'Europa della cultura.
This follows the Decalogue for Culture and the joint statement by Commissioner Vassiliou and Danish Minister of Culture Uffe Elbeck.