Working group of Member State experts (Open Method of Coordination - OMC) on the role of public arts and cultural institutions in the promotion of better access to and wider participation in culture - 2011-2012
Experts identified policies and good practices in the context of public arts and cultural institutions so as to promote better access to and wider participation in culture, including disadvantaged groups and groups experiencing poverty and social exclusion. The final report and the toolkit are available here.
Experts from Member States have been working on the topic since 2008 in the framework of the Open Method of Cooperation. In 2011, their mandate was focused on the strategic use of EU support programmes (including structural funds) in favour of CCIs . Their work resulted in the publication of a Policy Handbook in 2012 .
The aim of handbook is to better sensitise local, regional and national authorities as to the potential of the cultural and creative sectors to boost regional and local development and help them formulate integrated strategies for these fields.
Further work will be undertaken in 2013 on export and internationalisation support strategies for CCIs and, in 2013-2014, on good practices for financial engineering for SMEs in the cultural and creative sectors.
The Commission will establish close collaboration between its services, including DG Enterprise and Industry, in order to promote the development of cultural tourism and related industries and to identify good practices in the sustainable management of cultural tourism, including heritage, in an integrated regional development strategy.
Working group of Member State experts (OMC) on the examination of ways and means by which to simplify the process of lending and borrowing (2011-2012) The OMC group has examined the ways and means by which the processes of lending and borrowing of cultural objects can be simplified. Experts have identified good practices in all relevant issues in the context of the mobility of collections. The final report and the toolkit are available here.
Expert group convened by the Commission on the prevention of and fight against the illicit trafficking of cultural goods (2012-2013)
The Commission shall convene an expert group, in cooperation with the Member States, with the objective of proposing a toolkit including European good practice guidelines and a code of ethics on due diligence in the fight against illicit trafficking and theft, building upon existing documents and codes, and considering relevant EU instruments in this area.
A comparative research on systems for the valuation of works of art is being conducted for insurance, state indemnity and share liability purposes.
Member States’ Expert Group on Digitisation and Digital Preservation will continue its work on issues related to the governance and financing of Europeana post-2013. The Commission will propose by 2012 a sustainable model for financing Europeana in accordance with the Digital Agenda for Europe and its key action 15 and with the Council conclusions of 10 May 2010 on Europeana: next steps. Cinema Experts Group (sub-group Film Heritage) will exchange best practices in relation to the follow-up to the Council conclusions of 18 November 2010 on European Film Heritage , including the challenges of the Digital Era.
The Culture Programme (2007-2013)
The Culture Programme is one of the means used to stimulate cultural cooperation in the cultural heritage sector.
European Heritage Days (EHD) – Joint Action with Council of Europe (CoE)
This locally-led initiative is supported by the European Commission and the Council of Europe, which promote awareness-raising at EU level, networking amongst national coordinators and the European Heritage Forum, and an annual international event that focuses on themes related to cultural heritage.
European Capitals of Culture (ECOC)
The ECOC promote a better understanding of both cultural heritage and cultural diversity, through co-operation and mobility between cultural operators in various cultural areas. ECOC contribute to the social and economic development of cities and their regions.
European Heritage Label (EHL)
The main aim of the EHL is to strengthen both EU citizens' sense of belonging to the EU and intercultural dialogue, by highlighting sites that celebrate and symbolise European integration, ideals and history. More specifically the EHL aims to increase EU citizens' understanding of the building of Europe and of its diverse cultural heritage.
European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards
The EU Cultural Heritage Prize/Europa Nostra Awards highlight exemplary achievements in heritage care and showcase efforts made in raising awareness about cultural heritage. The prizes are awarded for works in the countries participating in the Culture Programme.