The EU strategy for international cultural relations

The EU strategy for international cultural relations

On 8 June 2016 the European Commission adopted a “Strategy for international cultural relations”, aimed at encouraging cultural cooperation between the EU and its partner countries.

Commissioner Federica Mogherini

This strategy is great news for FRH, as the European Commission has recognized the vital role of heritage and culture in the EU’s foreign policy.

The strategy presented by the European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, has three main objectives:

  • Supporting culture as an engine for social and economic development
  • Promoting intercultural dialogue and the role of culture for peaceful inter-community relations
  • Reinforcing cooperation on cultural Heritage.

Cultural heritage is an important manifestation of cultural diversity that needs to be protected. Rehabilitating and promoting cultural heritage attracts tourism and boosts economic growth. There are many opportunities for joint action with partner countries to develop sustainable strategies for heritage protection through training, skills development and knowledge transfer.

The EU supports research and innovation in the field of cultural heritage. The Commission will contribute to international efforts for the protection of cultural heritage sites and will consider a legislative proposal to regulate the import into the EU of cultural goods.

It will also propose to the European Parliament and the Council of the EU to organise a European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018.

Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations

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