What is it about?

As outlined in the European Agenda for Culture, the Commission is committed to strengthening dialogue with organisations from the culture sector.

Why is it needed?

The Structured Dialogue with the culture sector provides a framework for discussions between EU civil society stakeholders and the European Commission with regard to culture. It aims to strengthen the advocacy capacity of the cultural sector in policy debates on culture at European level, while encouraging it to work in a more collaborative way. The dialogue between stakeholders and decision-makers complements the dialogue between decision-makers which takes place through the Open Method of Coordination (OMC).

What is the Commission's Role?

In order to strengthen dialogue with civil society in the culture sector, the Commission:

  • organises a European Culture Forum every two years to bring together stakeholders and decision-makers to discuss key issues
  • develops a framework for more dialogue both within the sector and between the Commission and stakeholders about culture

What has been achieved so far?

The Commission has successfully organised four European Culture Forums since 2009, and has regularly met and discussed with stakeholders, in various contexts. From 2008 to 2013, the Structured Dialogue included recurrent exchanges with three ad hoc platforms:

As from 2015, under the renewed Structured Dialogue, Voices of culture, thematic meetings are being held involving different stakeholders on key topics in the field of culture.

What are the next steps?

Dialogue with the culture sector will continue to be supported by the Creative Europe programme, where opportunities exist for projects, networks, and platforms in the culture sector.

The themes addressed by the Voices of culture Dialogue so far are:

  • Participatory Governance of Cultural Heritage (September 2015) - Brainstorming report
  • Audience Development via Digital Means (October 2015) - Brainstorming report
  • Developing the Entrepreneurial and Innovation Potential of the Cultural and Creative Sectors (April 2016) - Brainstorming report
  • Promoting intercultural dialogue and bringing communities together through culture in shared public spaces (April 2016) - Brainstorming report
  • The role of culture in promoting the inclusion of refugees and migrants (to be held in September 2016) - this theme has been chosen by stakeholders, through an online consultation.