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The 2016 EU communication “Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations”, recently endorsed by the Council of the EU, puts culture firmly on the EU’s external action and development agenda and provides a strategic framework for concrete initiatives by the EU institutions and the member states.
The communication is already having an impact. An upcoming publication by ECDPM highlights that the EU’s support to culture and creativity is becoming more strategic in the European Neighbourhood, thanks also to the EU’s communication on cultural relations and participatory consultation processes like the Preparatory Action. However it also indicates this is “work in progress” and improvements – including in terms of access to knowledge about cultural and creative industries – can be made.
In fact the need to share experiences and lessons learnt is shared by practitioners in culture and development. At a recent meeting at the European Development Days (EDDs), participants highlighted that the rich experiences of cultural and creative industries in East Asia or South America were not as much present as African experiences in debates on the role of culture in development.
In addition, experiences from ongoing and past practices can inform the identification of pilot projects in third countries, suggested by the recent Conclusions of the Council of the EU to test collaboration and partnerships among EU institutions, member states, and local actors, and the strategic work of the Friends of the Presidency Group.
Objectives and structure
This breakfast meeting aims to share insights from the early implementation of the EU’s strategic framework for culture in international cultural relations and to learn from the experience of cultural and creative sectors in third countries. The objective is to inform actors involved in the implementation of the EU’s strategic framework for cultural relations, as well as the work of practitioners and organisations active in the field of culture and development.
Greta Galeazzi, Policy Officer in the European External Affairs Programme at the European Centre for Development Policy Management, will introduce the meeting by sharing some observations on culture in the sustainable development agenda and in EU external action, focusing on the experience of the EU in the European Neighbourhood on the basis of ECDPM’s upcoming report.
Dr Christiaan de Beukelaer, Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, will provide findings from his recent research on the cultural and creative industries in East Asia.
The presentations will be followed by a discussion, focused on how to foster sustainable local cultural and creative industries in the long term and how EU actors can act to this end. In fact culture plays a role in EU international relations and intercultural dialogue and the sector shows potential in terms of job creation and sustainable growth, among other benefits, also through the growth of exports of cultural products from developing countries. Yet, the local sustainability of cultural and creative sectors, in face of global industries, is questionable. Also, trade power imbalances have consequences on local cultural productions.
Ensuring that policies – as well as support – from European but also national and local actors are tailored to the needs of local cultural entrepreneurs and policies protect and promote cultural diversity is essential. Experiences of participants – coming from EU institutions, academia, cultural sector – in other regions and in Europe itself can provide food for thought about achieving these ambitious outcomes. Therefore the debate will invite participants to share their insights and reflect on practices that European actors engaging with cultural actors elsewhere could adopt, including in the implementation of the EU’s communication.
8h30-8h40 Registration and welcome
8h40-9h Introductory remarks on culture in the sustainable development agenda and in EU external action, by Greta Galeazzi, Policy Officer, ECDPM
9h-9h25 Intervention on cultural and creative industries East Asia by Dr Christiaan de Beukelaer, Lecturer at the University of Melbourne
9h25-10h Discussion moderated by ECDPM