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Culture 2000 Programme : 217 pan-European projects to be supported in 2005-2006

Commission Européenne - IP/05/1697   22/12/2005

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IP/05/1697

Brussels, 22 December 2005

Culture 2000 Programme : 217 pan-European projects to be supported in 2005-2006

The European Commission announced today the selection of 217 projects which will have been offered grants in 2005 under its Culture 2000 programme. A total of over 33 million euro will be granted to around 700 cultural organisations, as 30 countries are taking part in Culture 2000 (2000-2006).

Culture 2000 is the Commission’s cultural programme and supports annual as well as multi-annual cooperation projects, thus encouraging and promoting the establishment of European cultural networks. In 2005, 196 annual projects (including translation projects) have been selected to a total of around 18 million euro, as well as 21 multi-annual cooperation projects (focusing on the visual arts, performing arts, cultural heritage, literature, books and reading) to a total of around 15.5 million euro. In addition to the 25 Member States of the EU, the EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) countries and two acceding countries (Bulgaria and Romania) participated in the programme.

Ján Figel’, European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Multilingualism, said : “Once again, the projects selected in the framework of the Culture 2000 programme are an illustration of the extreme diversity of European cultures. The selected projects will actively participate in the constant development of pan-European cooperation in the field of culture.”

Annual cooperation projects in 2005

These projects must involve at least three co-organisers in the countries taking part in the programme. The 196 projects proposed for selection under this action break down as follows:

  • Cultural heritage: 43 projects
  • Projects in third countries: 10 projects
  • Translation: 70 projects (more than 400 books)
  • Performing arts: 45 projects
  • Visual arts: 15 projects
  • Literature, Books and Reading: 7 projects
  • Cultural heritage laboratories: 6 project

Multi annual cooperation projects in 2005

These projects must involve at least five co-organisers in the countries taking part in the programme. The 21 projects selected break down as follows:

  • Cultural heritage: 7 projects

- Performing arts: 7 projects

  • Visual arts: 3 projects
  • Literature, Books and Reading: 4 projects

The European Capital of Culture for 2005, Cork, has received 375 000 € for activities which take place in 2005 and Patras, the European Capital of Culture for 2006, has received 125 000 euro for preparatory activities.

Co-operation in Third Countries

Culture 2000 also promotes cooperation with cultural operators in third countries. This year ten projects were selected under that action.

For 2006, the programme will support projects in all artistic and cultural fields without a sector priority.

The European Commission has proposed a new cultural cooperation programme for the period 2007-2013 which will concentrate on three priorities : mobility of artists and cultural workers, mobility of works and intercultural dialogue. The future programme received the political support of the EU ministers at the last Council.
A list with the description of the funded projects is available at:

http://ec.europa.eu/culture/eac/index_en.html


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