New European Agenda for Culture

The New European Agenda for Culture was adopted on 22 May 2018 and proposes to:

  • harness the power of culture and cultural diversity for social cohesion and wellbeing, by promoting cultural participation, mobility of artists and protection of heritage
  • support jobs and growth in the cultural and creative sectors, by promoting arts and culture in education, boosting relevant skills, and encouraging innovation in culture
  • strengthen international cultural relations, by making the most of the potential of culture to foster sustainable development and peace

Text of the New European Agenda for Culture

Communication on a European Agenda for Culture in a globalizing world

In November 2007 the European ministers of Culture (Culture Council) agreed on a "European Agenda for Culture" based on the Communication which was published by the European Commission in May 2007.

The European Agenda for Culture seeked to address the role of culture in the EU. There is a growing recognition within the EU that culture lies at the heart of the European project and has a unique and indispensable role to play in :

  • The promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialouge
  • The promotion of culture as a catalyst for creativity in the framework of the Lisbon Strategy for growth, employment, innovation and competitiveness
  • The promotion of culture as a vital element in the Union's international relations

The intention of the agenda was to establish new partnerships and forms of communication. Therefore a structured dialogue between the political field (EU Commission, Member States, EU Parliament) and the civil society was developed.