The European Union would like to thank the Special Rapporteur for presenting her report.
The European Union remains firmly engaged in promoting cultural rights, especially during the current global pandemic crisis. In response to this crisis, we have taken several actions and signed-off on several projects, which are worth over 20 million euro in 2020 alone. For example, at the EU level, we have created a new platform Creatives Unite, which offers a shared space for safeguarding the freedom of artistic expression and enhancing cooperation among artists. Outside the EU, together with UNESCO, our projects aim at mitigating the impact of disasters and supporting resilience, as well as promoting inclusive societies, and safe and sustainable cities. Further, we have recently established European Houses of Culture, which are spaces in partner countries representing both European and host countries to encourage dialogue between artists from these cultures.
Madam Rapporteur, could you elaborate on how best to harness the full potential of current scientific knowledge to strengthen global efforts in the fight against this and future pandemics and on the incorporation of a cultural rights perspective in COVID-19 responses?