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Cultural Cooperation with Russia

Institution Building Partnership Programme (IBPP): Support to EU - Russia Cultural Cooperation Initiatives
The Institution Building Partnership Programme (IBPP) - Support to Civil Society and Local Initiatives (hereafter referred to as “The “Programme”) is a part of the EU-Russia Cooperation Programme. It was designed to support grass root initiatives in different areas (mainly social), including culture. Culture is becoming increasingly important in the EU-Russia relationship1: the EU and Russia have agreed to promote a structured approach to cultural cooperation between the enlarged EU and Russia, to foster creativity and mobility of artists, public access to culture, the dissemination of art and culture, inter-cultural dialogue and knowledge of the history and cultural heritage of other peoples of Europe.

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:

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.