What is the Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture?

The Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture is the department of the European Commission that deals with education, training, youth, sport, languages, and culture.

The EU's role in the culture area is specified in the Article 167 of the Treaty of the Functioning of the EU.

The department's activities in this area are framed by the European Agenda for Culture, which aims to reinforce the role and position of culture in an increasingly globalised world.

What does it do?

The department develops evidence-based policy and manages of initiatives, such as Creative Europe, in support of Europe's cultural heritage.

As the executive arm of the EU, the European Commission is accountable to the European Parliament - more specifically, in this area, to its Education and Culture Committee.

What are its responsibilities?

The department's main responsibilities in the field of culture are to ensure:

What has been achieved so far?

In the past few years, the European Commission has focused on implementing the European Agenda for Culture, which is regularly reviewed to provide a measure of progress.

Until the Creative Europe programme was launched, the department operated predominantly through:

The department has also commissioned a variety of studies, reports, and statistical surveys to contribute to international dialogue and cooperation in the field of culture, and supports action in several areas to promote the culture and audiovisual sectors.

What are the next steps?

Following approval by the European Parliament, the Creative Europe programme was launched at the start of 2014. Set to last until 2020, it provides a variety of opportunities for culture sector organisations and professionals.

In parallel, the DG will continue to provide the EU's Member States with policy support and guidance. Major priorities are outlined in the DG's strategic framework.