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.

The COVID-19 pandemic is generating a devastating storm of adverse social and economic effects on the cultural sector in Europe and elsewhere around the globe. Therefore we call for  appropriate resources to strengthen international cultural relations and cooperation to be considered within Next Generation EU and foreign policy instruments .

As a matter of fact, cultural exchanges and collaborations are not confined to borders. Global audiences, markets, partners and stakeholders including civil society orgnisations are spread all over the world, increasingly present and active thanks to the surge of online platforms and digital innovative tools.  Cooperation opportunities for the European cultural sector depend on the global dynamics of the cultural sector and the partners’ ability to interact e.g. co-productions and cooperation are strongly and globally intertwined. It is by acting collectively with a shared responsibility and solidarity spirit  that we will move towards recovery and sustainability in the long term.

As part of the new Neighbourhood Development and International Cooperation Instrument, adequate resources to further develop and reinforce EU’s cultural relations should be allocated in order to meet the ambitions of EU’s values, principles and policies as well as to deepen cooperation with partner countries in the world.


Goethe-Institut | British Council | Institut français | European Cultural Foundation | International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (IETM) |European Creative Hubs Network | International Music Council (IMC) | On the Move | European Festivals Association (EFA) | Institut für Auslandbeziehungen (ifa) | culture 21 UCLG Committee | Culture Action Europe (CAE) | Théâtre de Liège | Circostrada – European Network Circus and Street Arts | MitOst | EU National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) | fundació Mies van der Rohe |Art Moves Africa (AMA) | Bozar – Centre for Fine Arts | European Music Council (EMC)

Letter to the European Commission

Letter to the European Parliament