1. Recognize networks as the key building blocks
Cultural networks and associations are the key building blocks for European cultural co-operation. They provide the basic civil society resource for dynamic cultural life, dialogue and exchange. Hence investing in them should be regarded as indispensable.
Action: Formal, structured dialogue with cultural NGOs and adequate funding mechanisms at EU level.
2. Focus on mobility
Implement an action plan for the mobility of artists and works of art that will significantly facilitate and promote their free movement across and beyond Europe, identify obstacles and insufficiencies, both within and outside EU borders and seek ways of eliminating them.
Action: Specific actions to promote mobility.
3. Demonstrate that culture is transversal
Implement paragraph 4 of article 151: “The Community shall take cultural aspects into account in its actions under other provisions of this Treaty, in particular in order to respect and promote the diversity of its cultures.”
Action: Begin by monitoring the cultural dimensions of all policy areas, for example by establishing an observatory of cultural co-operations working closely with cultural operators and researchers.
4. See the EU in its wider context
Reinforce co-operation with third countries, paying particular attention to Southeast Europe and the Southern and Eastern shores of the Mediterranean, in order to promote intercultural awareness and competences within and beyond the EU.
Action: Access to EU cultural funding programmes should be accorded to third country applicants working in partnership with cultural operators in the Member States.
5. Provide adequate financing
Because culture builds citizenship, cohesion and communication and is a vital resource for economic and social development, it is imperative to invest much more significantly in cultural activities and programmes.
Action: Increase the EU funding for a European cultural programme to 70 cents per capita per year.
Presented to the European Parliament – Culture Committee – 25th Nov. 2004
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