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The European Union supports the building of cultural facilities as part of its regional development policy and some of its environmental protection actions, with the aid of its research activities.
Culture, a factor of local and regional development
For example, it supported the pôle de l'image in Angoulême, France, the Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland and the Lowry Centre in the United Kingdom. The European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF) plays a similar role to the ERDF in the development of rural areas.
The Community initiatives LEADER, for the economic development of rural areas, URBAN for towns and cities and INTERREG for border regions contribute to the creation of cultural facilities, in particular through the cultural exploitation of buildings, districts and sites as well as furnishings and objects of historical, architectural or heritage interest (see the information on cultural heritage).
Protecting the cultural environment
Finally, in the name of the programme of international cooperation, the 6th framework programme finances certain research projects in the field of cultural heritage with third country Mediterranean partners "Protection and conservation of cultural heritage".
|Last update: 03-05-2006|