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Preparatory Action for Culture in External Relations

What was it?

The Resolution on the cultural dimensions of the EU's external actions, adopted by the European Parliament in May 2011, called for the development of a common EU strategy on culture in EU external relations. The European Parliament also voted a budget of €500,000 for a “preparatory action” in this field.

The European Commission commissioned a consortium of cultural institutes and organisations led by the Goethe Institute to carry out this preparatory action from 2013-2014.

What did it involve?

The initiative consisted of an extensive mapping and consultation process which involved a wide variety of stakeholders from inside and outside the EU. The results of this process were also discussed at a high-level conference, which was held in Brussels on 7-8 April 2014.

This initiative covered 54 countries:

  • the EU Member States,
  • the Neighbouring countries of the EU: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Ukraine
  • the 10 strategic partners of the EU: Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and the United States of America.

What were the results?

The results and recommendations for a strategic approach to culture in the EU’s external relations are presented in the final report of the preparatory actionpdf(1.99 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link  . An executive summary of the reportpdf(384 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  is also available.

The report is complemented by 23 country reports and 3 context notes, which describe the cultural situation, the potential, and the challenges in the respective countries, focusing on strengthened cultural relations with the EU

Country reports

 

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Context notes

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