The EU's Culture Programme (2007-13) is open to prospective future members of the EU. Turkey, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania have taken up the offer and currently participate alongside EU and EFTA countries.
Before joining the EU, candidate and potential candidate countries must ratify the 2005 UNESCO Convention.
Cultural cooperation is one aspect of the EU's European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) covering:
In recent years, culture and dialogue between cultures have played an increasingly important part in the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. This Partnership was re-launched as the Union for the Mediterranean in 2008 with the aim of enhancing relations with Partners. This partnership involves the 27 EU member states, Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey.
Among the many successful joint actions and cooperation programmes are:
Towards a Strategy for Culture in the Mediterranean Region:
Currrent work programme 2012-2013 .
As regards funding, the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme assists the Partners in their cultural policy reform at government level, as well as in improving professionalism of cultural operators. Beyond its capacity building activities, the programme supports 15 projects.