Category Archives: Culture

The Maastricht Treaty (1993) enabled the European Union (EU), which is historically geared towards the economy and trade, to take action in the field of culture in order to safeguard, disseminate and develop culture in Europe. However, the EU’s role is limited to promoting cooperation between the cultural operators of the different EU countries or to complementing their activities in order to contribute to the flowering of the cultures of EU countries, while respecting their national and regional diversity, with a view to highlighting the shared cultural heritage. With this aim in mind, the EU implements measures in support of cultural initiatives such as the Culture Programme and the European Capital of Culture initiative.

Cultural Initiatives and Cooperation

Cultural Initiatives and Cooperation

Cultural Initiatives and Cooperation Contents

Cultural Cooperation

Export of cultural goods
Return of cultural objects unlawfully removed from the territory of an EU country
Culture in EU external relations

Cultural Programmes and Initiatives

Work Plan for Culture 2011-14
Work Plan for Culture 2008-2010
European agenda for culture in a globalising world
Culture programme (2007-13)
European Heritage Label
European Capital of Culture
Europe for Citizens (2007-13)
Online access to Europe’s cultural heritage
Digitising cultural heritage online
Online digitisation of cultural heritageArchives
i2010: Digital libraries
Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency
Green Paper on the potential of cultural and creative industriesArchives
European Year of Creativity and Innovation (2009)Archives
European Year of Intercultural Dialogue (2008)Archives
“Culture 2000” ProgrammeArchives