The EU works to preserve Europe's shared cultural heritage and help make it accessible to all. It also supports and promotes the arts and creative industries in Europe.
Support for the arts and creative industries takes the form of:
The following EU policies have links with culture:
Under regional policy, for example, the EU supports music schools, concert halls and recording studios and funds the restoration of historic theatres (e.g. the Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona, and the Fenice, Venice).
Creative Europe helps European cinema, the arts and the creative industries create more jobs and growth, building on the successful MEDIA, MEDIA Mundus and Culture programmes.
With a €1.46 bn budget for 2014-2020, Creative Europe
The EU supports prizes for cultural heritage, architecture, literature and music which highlight Europe's artistic achievements.
Each year, 2 cities are picked as European capitals of culture.
This enables them to:
Their special status brings proven long-term benefits, both social and cultural.
Updated in November 2014
This publication is part of the 'European Union explained' series