The EU and the EU National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) made a major step forward towards an improved cooperation in the field of cultural activities.
On 16 May 2017 an administrative arrangement with 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 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
Last year, in June 2016, the Joint Communication “Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations” was adopted by the Commission and the EEAS. It called relevant EU stakeholders at all levels to join forces to ensure synergies in advancing cultural cooperation outside the EU. In this context, it proposed, inter alia, ‘enhanced cooperation with Cultural Institutes through a new form of partnership between the EEAS, Commission services, national cultural institutes and their umbrella organization (EUNIC)’.
The arrangement was signed at a joint ceremony on the 16th May by the EUNIC President Michael Metz Morch and Lotte Knudsen for the EEAS. The Deputy Director General of EAC Jens NYMAND-CHRISTENSEN, was represented at the ceremony by EAC Head of Unit Walter Zampieri.
The arrangement does not commit any supplementary financial resources on the EU side and is not intended to create rights or obligations under domestic or international law.
See the text of the agreement: