On 25 November 2014 the EU Ministers of Culture agreed on a new Work Plan for Culture which sets out the priorities for European cooperation in cultural policy-making for the years 2015-2018. Building upon the 2008 European Agenda for Culture, it addresses the key challenges faced by cultural organisations and SMEs in the creative sector at national and European level in the context of globalization and digitisation, whilst setting out priorities for promoting access to culture and audience development. Furthermore, it focuses on how to raise the profile of culture in EU's external relations, foster creativity and innovation in the cultural and creative sectors, and how to best manage Europe's cultural heritage. Implementation of the Work Plan, which has now started, will focus around 20 concrete actions pursued along 4 priorities: accessible and inclusive culture; cultural heritage; cultural and creative sectors: creative economy and innovation; promotion of cultural diversity, culture in EU external relations and mobility.
Open Method of Coordination
The main working method for cooperation between the Member states in the field of culture will remain the Open Method of Coordination (OMC), with new working groups organised along the themes mentioned above. Civil society will be able to feed into the dialogue of these OMC groups, with official structured dialogue having been restored in January 2015. The call for tender launched for renewed structured dialogue in the field of culture was awarded to a consortium composed of the Goethe Institut, ELIA and Flagey. So far, the EMC has successfully applied for inclusion in the working group on Audience Development via Digital Means. The EMC will closely follow what other themes will be announced and apply for these too if the topics are relevant to its work.
A further horizontal priority of the Work Plan is to ensure comparable quality statistics on culture. Under the guidance of Eurostat, KEA European Affairs, is carrying out a feasibility study to help the European Commission collect more and better quality data on culture and creative sectors in Europe. Please refer to this press release for more information. The European Music Council has received a request for information on existing data for the music sector from the European Commission. If you keep or have collected any data on music, music making, participation etc., no matter how (in-)complete, please let us know so that we can put you in contact with the EC.