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The Maastricht Treaty (1993) enabled the European Union (EU), which is historically geared towards the economy and trade, to take action in the field of culture in order to safeguard, disseminate and develop culture in Europe. However, the EU's role is limited to promoting cooperation between the cultural operators of the different EU countries or to complementing their activities in order to contribute to the flowering of the cultures of EU countries, while respecting their national and regional diversity, with a view to highlighting the shared cultural heritage. With this aim in mind, the EU implements measures in support of cultural initiatives such as the Culture Programme and the European Capital of Culture initiative.
- CULTURAL COOPERATION
PROGRAMMES AND INITIATIVES
- Work Plan for Culture 2011-14
- Work Plan for Culture 2008-2010
- European agenda for culture in a globalising world
- Culture programme (2007-13)
- European Heritage Label
- European Capital of Culture
- Europe for Citizens (2007-13)
- Online access to Europe’s cultural heritage
- Digitising cultural heritage online
- Online digitisation of cultural heritageArchives
- i2010: Digital libraries
- Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency
- Green Paper on the potential of cultural and creative industriesArchives
- European Year of Creativity and Innovation (2009)Archives
- European Year of Intercultural Dialogue (2008)Archives
- "Culture 2000" ProgrammeArchives
- Ongoing enlargement
- Enlargement of January 2007
- Enlargement of May 2004