Tibor Navracsics - EU Strategy for International Cultural Relations

On 8 June 2016, the EU High Representative and Vice-President Frederica Mogherini and Commissioner Navracsics put forward a proposal to develop an EU strategy to international cultural relations.

The aim is to put cultural cooperation at the centre of the EU's diplomatic relations with countries around the world.

This is part of the overarching Commission priority of making the EU a stronger global actor in the world.

What is it for?

There are three main objectives:

  • Unlocking the potential of culture and creativity for sustainable social and economic development

Culture is a source of inclusive growth and job creation and the global trade in creative products has continued to expand in recent years, despite economic uncertainty.

  • Promoting peace and fighting radicalisation through intercultural dialogue

Intercultural dialogue can build and promote understanding within and between societies. It helps to demonstrate the value of cultural diversity and human rights.

  • Strengthening cooperation on cultural heritage

Cultural heritage is recognised as an important expression of cultural diversity that deserves protection. The EU can play an important role in the safeguarding of cultural heritage around the world by providing training, skills development and knowledge transfer activities to partner countries.

How will it be done?

The engagement of all stakeholders in the new strategy will be key to its success.

Governments from partner countries, local cultural organisations and civil society, the Commission, the European External Action Service, EU Member States and their cultural institutes will all play an active role.

The EU's 139 Delegations and Offices will be crucial in building cooperation and partnerships with national organisations in the countries they are based. An EU Cultural Diplomacy Platform has been set up to provide advice on external cultural policy, facilitate networking, carry out activities with cultural stakeholders and develop training programmes for cultural leadership.

Visit the Culture section of the European External Action Service website to discover recent examples of cultural activities organised by EU Delegations around the world.