The role of culture in the European Neighbourhood Policy, by More Europe, exposing the contribution of culture to employment in the MENA region, the impact of strengthened cultural relations to prevent violent extremism, and the role of such cultural relations in reinforcing human rights and democracy.
On 23 May 2017, the Council of the EU adopted Conclusions on an EU strategic approach to international cultural relations.
This is the direct result of More Europe – external cultural relations’ advocacy work of the last 5 years!
Dr. Asiem El Difraoui, a political scientist, specialised inter alia in jihadism, prevention and de-radicalisation strategies, explores for More Europe – external cultural relations how cultural activities, artistic projects, the promotion of inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue(s) can help prevent and reduce violent extremism.
In a letter, More Europe – external cultural relations and its members, namely the European Cultural Foundation, the Institut français and the British Council, and the Goethe-Institut Brussels, along with 16 other cultural organisations, call on the European Commission and the European Parliament to give a proper consideration and strengthen international cultural relations within future policy frameworks including in foreign and sustainable development policies; as well as in the upcoming EU financial framework.read more
Here is a list of useful resources to help the cultural community, on ongoing initiatives both at local and international level.read more
As almost five decades of UK membership of the EU draw to an end, the UK’s withdrawal will not be the end of the road for the EU-UK relationship and the ties that bind the people of Europe.read more
More than 400 participants from Africa, America, Asia, Europe, Pacific were present at the Colloquium "Culture for the Future" on the 16th and 17th of June 2019, including top experts, policy-makers, financial institutions, donors, producers, artists, distributors,...read more
Read More Europe’s updated advocacy paper on “Culture in EU Development Policies”read more
Tfanen – Tunisie Créative launches the 2019 edition of its Local Cultural Engagement Fund. Proposed projects must necessarily contribute to one or more of the following objectives: Promote social and cultural diversity, citizens participation and the socio-cultural...read more
MORE EUROPE – external cultural relations is a cultural initiative, composed of a public-private partnership of foundations, civil society networks and national cultural institutes, whose objective is to convince politicians and policy-makers to place cultural relations – one of the strongest assets that Europe has – in the heart of the EU’s external affairs.
Modern diplomacy requires the development of new thinking and skills to face global challenges and changing societies. A new European approach towards external relations, based on the promotion of fundamental values, dialogue, and the recognition of the role of civil society is urgently needed.