Cultural cooperation in the other European programmes
Other European programmes in such areas as industry, research, education,
training or regional development aid also support cultural cooperation.
programme, which aims at strenghtening the competitiveness of the European
audiovisual industry, supports the creation of cooperation networks between
various European organisations working in the audiovisual training area,
the networking of cinemas and European distributors, and cooperation between
audiovisual festivals in Europe.
Research, technologies and cultural cooperation
The 6th framework programme
for research and technological development (2002-2006) stimulates
European cooperation in cultural field by financing:
European projects for the preservation
of the cultural heritage;
other EU policies including culture;
Cooperation projects in the field of digitalisation of cultural
information society programme);
of mobility and of research worker's training.
In addition, the programme eContent
aims, through partnership projects between organisations from various
countries, at encouraging production and the commercial use of European
digital contents and at promoting linguistic diversity on the Internet.
Cultural cooperation and regional development
European regional policy initiatives
comprise cultural cooperation actions. The
Interreg III initiative concentrates on cooperation between states,
between regions and between cross border areas. It finances a programme
of cooperation between coastal states of the Baltic, for example,
which includes a cultural dimension. The initiative LEADER
+ encourages cooperation and the establishment of networks between organisations
in rural areas, in particular to try out new forms of restoration and
to promote the natural and cultural heritage. Within the framework of
structural assistance for the sector of fishing, the FIFG
(Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance), finances a number of cultural
projects, for example the renovation of a fishing boat in a boat museum.
A study was realised by the European Commission on the use of the
structural funds in the field of culture during the period 1994-1999.
Cultural cooperation in education and training
The European education
and training programmes support cooperation in cultural fields. The
Socrates programme thus encourages the creation of thematic
networks between university departments in Europe, for example the
COTEPRA project on the teaching
of comparative European literature. It also co-finances cooperation between
European schools in the fields, amongst others, of language teaching and
of intercultural dialogue, such as projects in intercultural
da Vinci programme supports cooperation between training institutions,
including universities and companies, in order to improve the quality
of vocational training in Europe or for the purpose of comparative analysis.