What is it about?

Support to the culture sector aims to both protect and promote European cultural heritage while supporting the cultural and creative industries, enabling them to act as a driver for growth and job creation.

Why is it needed?

The culture sector has, for some time, remained underdeveloped and relatively ignored in terms of its potential contribution to society.

Protecting Europe's cultural heritage from human and environmental threats is essential if it is to survive.

What is the EC's role?

The European Commission is engaged in various activities in support of the culture sector, ranging from discussions with stakeholders to the funding of culture sector initiatives.

Examples of the Commission's activities in the sector include:

In addition to this, the European Commission represents the interests of the European Union in international initiatives, such as those headed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

What has been achieved so far?

The man milestone has been the implementation of the Culture programme from 2007-2013.

The European Commission has also established a network of culture experts and has published reports, studies, and policies on support to the culture sector.

What are the next steps?

The European Commission will continue to provide support to the culture sector, notably through the Culture strand of the Creative Europe programme.

In addition to this, the European Commission intends to: