New European Agenda for Culture

The European Commission adopted in May 2018 the proposal for a New European Agenda for Culture in response to calls from European stakeholders of the cultural and creative sectors for an increased European collaboration on culture. 

With the New European Agenda for Culture, the European Commission has identified three main strategic objectives, based on social, economic, and external dimensions:

•  harness the power of culture and cultural diversity for social cohesion and wellbeing, by promoting cultural participation, mobility of artists and protection of heritage

•  support jobs and growth in the cultural and creative sectors, by promoting arts and culture in education, boosting relevant skills, and encouraging innovation in culture

•  strengthen international cultural relations, by making the most of the potential of culture to foster sustainable development and peace

In addition to these three main strategic objectives, two large cross-areas of policy action at the EU level have been identified to serve all three objectives: cultural heritage and digital reforms

The implementation plan of the New European Agenda for Culture is outlined according the principle of subsidiarity with the EU providing incentives and guidances to test new ideas and support Member States in advancing a shared agenda.  In addition, the Commission plans to broaden the structured dialogue with civil society methodology in regards of the New European Agenda for Culture. 

You can read the Communication from the European Commission on the New European Agenda for Culture here: