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"The [Arts Festivals'] Declaration defines a set of concepts and tools that illustrate the power and potential of arts festivals for taking our societies along a path from multiculturalism to interculturalism, where people do not simply co-exist alongside."

Odile Quintin, Director General European Commission

Europe in the field of culture

The European Union’s institutions play an increasingly prominent role in the decision-making process of its Member States. Therefore, it is one of EFA's priorities to strengthen the relationship with these bodies including the representatives of the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission and the Committee on Education and Culture of the European Parliament. The following provides a brief overview of documents, institutions and their activities and programmes in the field of culture.

Official Documents

European Commission

European Parliament

Council of the European Union:

Council of Europe

  • The Council of Europe although not a European Union institution is the continent's oldest political organisation, founded in 1949. Its aim is, among others, to promote awareness of a European identity based on shared values and cutting across different cultures. Its activities in the field of cultural cooperation can be consulted at the Council's website.

European Cultural Foundation (ECF)

  • Active in culture and the arts as well as the media, and with an impressive track record in education, the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) is Europe's only independent, non-national and pan-European cultural foundation. The EFC website informs about events, grants, cultural policy, programmes etc.

Funding possibilities for Culture in other EU Programmes:

The EU has a specific programme dedicated to funding cultural activities in Europe, the Culture Programme, however, there are many other opportunities for funding for operators with a cultural project involving other sectors.

 

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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