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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.

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