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 action(1.99 Mb)
. An executive summary of the report(384 kB)
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