- Strategic Framework
- Cultural & creative industries
- Culture sector support
- Audiovisual sector support
- International cooperation
- New Narrative for Europe
The EU is committed to promoting culture in its international relations, and particularly the diversity of culture in the EU, in line with the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU.
The 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions is the main legislation in this area and the EU is a party to it.
Promoting culture as a vital element in EU international relations has been one of the three main objectives of the European Agenda for Culture since 2007.
On 8 June 2016, the Commission adopted a new strategy to put culture at the heart of EU international relations.
Europe is an increasingly multi-cultural space and cultural relations can:
Through its relationships with other regions, Europe and its partners can learn from each other, sharing information and ideas.
Since the adoption of the European Agenda for Culture in 2007, various actors have called for a more strategic approach,to culture in the EU's external relations, including:
In order to devise an effective strategy for cultural relations, the Commission has:
Building on the outcomes of these consultations, the Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy adopted a Joint Communication “Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations” on 8 June 2016.
The Commission also ensures that cultural aspects are taken into account when negotiating trade, cooperation, or association agreements with non-EU countries,and supports cultural and audiovisual projects with non-EU countries through its 2014-20 Creative Europe Programme.
The EU fosters cultural cooperation and policy dialogue with individual countries outside the EU, with regional groupings and with international organisations, specifically: