The 2016 Joint Communication "Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations" called relevant EU stakeholders at all levels to join forces to ensure synergies in advancing cultural cooperation outside the EU. To this end, on 16 May 2017 an administrative arrangement with the EU National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) was agreed by the European Union.
The arrangement outlines joint principles, values and objectives, which are intended to underpin this cooperation as well as the priority areas for cooperation, together with all practical arrangements for its implementation.
Cultural cooperation with the identified partner countries should focus on the three thematic areas defined, as defined in the Joint Communication:
- Promoting culture and intercultural dialogue for peaceful inter-community relations
- Supporting culture as an engine for sustainable social and economic development
- Reinforcing cooperation on cultural heritage
The arrangement was signed at a joint ceremony on 16 May by the EUNIC President Michael Metz Morch and Lotte Knudsen for the European External Action Service (EEAS).