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Published:  25 Feb 2021

The European Commission publishes research study on impact of COVID-19 on international cultural relations

The Cultural Relations Platform carried out the research and it looked at the impact of Covid-19 on the cultural and creative sectors in the EU’s Partner Countries.

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The cultural sector has been one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and international cultural relations have not been an exemption either. Rather, the social, political and economic characteristics of the pandemic have had deep implications for culture and its role in international relations.

A study to assess the impact of COVID-19 on international relations in culture

The Cultural Relations Platform launched a study in May 2020, to analyse the impact of the global pandemic on the cultural and creative sectors in the following countries:

  • Neighbourhood (South and East)
  • Western Balkans
  • Strategic partner countries (Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, and the USA)

Policy responses by state actors and NGOs

The study provides preliminary evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on the cultural and creative sectors in these countries and on their capacity and willingness to conduct international relations. The study dives into the analysis of the policy responses put in place by state and non-state actors to limit such an impact.

Professor Pierangelo Isernia and Alessandro Giovanni Lamonica (DISPOC, University of Siena) conducted the research on behalf of the Cultural Relations Platform.


The Cultural Relations Platform is an EU-funded project supporting international cultural relations and cooperation between European and global cultural and creative sectors. Its mission is to strengthen the EU’s ability to engage meaningfully with different audiences and stakeholders in its partner countries, through enhanced cultural relations and cultural cooperation.

Find out more on the Cultural Relations Platform.


Published:  25 Feb 2021