An EU-Russia Joint Working Group on Cultural cooperation and an EU-Russia Permanent Partnership Council on Culture were established in 2007. At the first meeting of the Council in Lisbon in October 2007 the EU and the Russian Federation emphasized the essential role of cultural operators and civil society as well as people to people contacts in cultural cooperation.
In 2007 the Delegation of the European Commission to Russia launched the first thematic call for proposals specifically focused on culture to support initiatives through partnerships among a wide range of local/regional authorities, non-governmental organisations, artistic universities and museums from Russia and from the EU Member States.
The outcome of the 2008 Call for Proposals, which was particularly focused on cultural initiatives supposed to contribute to the purposes of the 4th Common Space with regard to culture, is available at the following link:
http://www.delrus.ec.europa.eu/en/p_340.htm In 2009 the European Commission will continue its activities aimed at boosting cooperation with Russia in the cultural field and promoting innovative artistic and cultural projects with a European dimension.