Advocacy Paper - Culture in EU Development Policies

More Europe - external cultural relations

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Why is it important that the EU develop adequate programmes for cultural cooperation projects in the field of development? What type/format of programmes and instruments are needed? How to adapt the existing programmes and instruments to the specificities of the cultural sector?

One June 8th, the European Commission adopted a communication entitled ‘Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations’, which aims at enhancing the consistency of the EU’s cultural action abroad, including its development policies.

In light of this new Communication, and the upcoming New EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy of the EU, More Europe - external cultural relations tries to answer the above questions, and propose recommendations to ensure the EU takes the full potential of culture into account in its development policies.