What is it about?
Support to the culture sector aims to both protect and promote European culture heritage, while additionally supporting the cultural and creative industries, enabling them to act as a driver for growth and job creation.
Why is it needed?
The culture sector has, for some time, remained underdeveloped and relatively ignored in terms of its potential contributions to society.
Protecting cultural heritage from both human and environmental threats is essential if Europe's culture heritage is to survive.
As noted in the citizen's summary on cultural heritage
, the European Commission and Member States have, to date, failed to do so.
What is the EC's role?
The European Commission is undertaking a variety of activities in support of the culture sector, ranging from discussions with stakeholders to the funding of culture sector initiatives.
Examples of the Commission's activities in the sector include:
In addition to this, the European Commission represents the interests of the European Union in international initiatives, such as those headed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
What has been achieved so far?
To date, a variety of milestones have been achieved, most notably the implementation of the Culture programme from 2007-2013.
In addition to this, the European Commission has established a network of experts in the field of culture, as well as publishing a variety of reports, studies, and policies on support to the culture sector.
What are the next steps?
The European Commission will continue to provide support to the culture sector, notably through the Culture strand of the Creative Europe programme.
In addition to this, the European Commission intends to: