Culture to get a bigger role in EU diplomacy
In a European Parliament plenary session on Tuesday, MEPs approved a resolution on an EU strategy for international cultural relations. The MEPs stressed that culture should become an essential part of EU political dialogue with non-EU countries, as it is a powerful bridge between people, helps to strengthen civil society, to prevent radicalisation and conflicts, and disseminate EU values. “We could act as an example for other parts of the world how we, in Europe, bridge borders and use culture as a source of common richness rather than a source of division,” said European Parliament co-rapporteur Elmar Brok.
The recommendations from the MEPs in the resolution include the following:
– develop an effective EU strategy for international cultural relations, accompanied by an annual action plan;
– provide a separate EU budget line to support international cultural relations and launch an EU programme on international mobility and exchange for young cultural professionals and artists;
– include culture in all existing and future EU agreements with third countries;
– create a cultural visa programme for third-country nationals, artists and other professionals in the cultural field.