Cultural heritage as a foundation of the New Agenda for Culture

On May 22, the Commission adopted a New Agenda for Culture which will be instrumental in raising awareness of Europe’s shared, diverse heritage. It aims to use the full potential of culture in building a more inclusive and fairer European Union, supporting innovation, creativity, sustainable jobs and growth and in reinforcing the external relations of the EU.
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European leaders have stated their vision of a European Union which harnesses the role of culture in strengthening a European identity that preserves cultural heritage and promotes cultural diversity.

The New European Agenda for Culture seeks to support Member States in making the most of the potential of culture in fostering innovation, economic growth and job creation, as well as in building stronger links between communities and with the EU’s partners across the world. Actions include fostering the mobility of artists, better supporting the cultural and creative sectors through stronger links with industrial policy and to strengthen cooperation with third countries, for instance the Western Balkans.

The New European Agenda for Culture aims to continue and scale up efforts launched during the European Year of Cultural Heritage to (re)connect Europeans with their cultural heritage and reap the full benefits heritage brings for social and economic development, in line with the ten European Initiatives developed in the framework of the year.

The New European Agenda for Culture announced an Action Plan for Cultural Heritage which shall carry the legacy of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, Member States are also invited to develop similar plans at national level and follow up through the Council Work Plans for Culture.

For more information, please visit the the Culture website.

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