Council adopts conclusions on international cultural relations

Council adopts conclusions on international cultural relations

Mon, 08/04/2019 - 17:04

08/04/2019

The Council conclusions on 8 April establish the EU strategic approach to international cultural relations and a relevant framework for action. They recognize the need for a crosscutting approach to culture, while aiming to strengthen the effectiveness and impact of its foreign policy by integrating international cultural relations in the range of its foreign policy instruments.
 
These Conclusions will make the Council in all its formations better aware of the EU cultural strategy and allow better policy coordination among Commission DGs, Member States and cultural organizations.

Five different Presidencies of the Council and the Friends of the Presidency Group have all contributed to the Conclusions. Moreover, the ambitious New European Agenda for Culture and the "Joint Communication Towards an EU strategy in international cultural relations” have fed into the process, notably through the launch of the European Houses of Culture pilot project to be implemented by EUNIC, the umbrella organisation of EU national cultural institutes, and the work of the Cultural Diplomacy Platform.