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.
On May 31, at the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR), cultural actors from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine – 6 countries forming the so-called “Eastern Partnership” – met with Brussels-bound experts and politicians to raise their concerns and...read more
On 23 May 2017, the Council of the EU adopted Conclusions on an EU strategic approach to international cultural relations. The Council of the EU published a press release underlining that "such an approach should be bottom-up and should respect the independence of the...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.