Culture in EU external relations

A general call is being circulated – feel free to respond directly, as described below.

“We would like to hear from you – what role should culture play in EU external relations?

In 2012 a consortium consisting of eight members, led by the Goethe Institute, Brussels, was tasked by the European Commission to carry out the preparatory action ’Culture in EU external relations” launched by the European Commission and approved by the European Parliament.

The purpose of the action is to facilitate an on-going process of research, exchange of knowledge and support policy reflection in strengthening the role of culture in external relations.

In particular, the preparatory action will contribute to formulating recommendations for a strategy on culture in EU’s external relations on basis of the comprehensive mapping exercise and consultation process involving 54 countries worldwide. Watch and hear Professor of Cultural Policy Studies Yudhishthir Raj Isar, team leader, shortly explaining the aim and purpose of the Preparatory Action.

The Preparatory Action is running until mid-2014 along with the online discussion. To sum up the process, we converge the results into a final conference in April 2014 where future recommendations for policy makers are made and the strategic approach towards mobilising action on culture in external relations is presented.

It is our goal to raise awareness of the project and make the debate on Culture in EU external relations as strong as possible by involving wider public, civil society, culture institutions, artists, public bodies and individuals who have knowledge to add and comments to share. So, please tell us what do you think?

Please visit our website/blog and join the discussion, or post a video, picture or comment #CultExtRel on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. And subscribe to our Newsletter to be on top on the latest research in the field – and add your perspective and knowledge to it.

We are looking forward to passing on your recommendations to the policy makers, the European Parliament and interested parties.”

All the best,

Maiken Høj
Web-Editor, Culture in EU’s external relations

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

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