On 23 March 2015, Director of More Europe – external cultural relations Ms. Sana Ouchtatiand expert and advisor to More Europe Mr. Gottfried Wagner presented the main conclusions of the Preparatory Action on “Culture in the EU external relations” in a joint meeting of the committees on Culture & Education and on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament.
This meeting was attended by a large number of members of both Parliamentary Committees as well as representatives of the European Commission and the European External Action Service, and featured a sparkling debate that once again acknowledged the fundamental role of culture and intercultural dialogue in EU external relations. Amid other proposals, the possible setting-up of a Rapid Culture Reaction Mechanism Fund, which would allow the EU to intervene promptly in areas of conflict whenever cultural heritage or cultural expressions are threatened, was very positively received.
This parliamentary debate envisioned a very promising future for the subject of culture in the EU external relations, which we hope will see the adoption of further concrete actions by the European Parliament and other EU institutions.
Check out the highlights of the debate on our Vimeo channel and read all relating tweets and posts on Facebook using hashtag #EPCulturalRelations. You can also re-live the full meeting on streaming at the following link: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20150319IPR35930/.
A press release was also published on 30 March 2015, and is available here.