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
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.
The Council conclusion on the Work Plan for Culture 2019-2022 were published on 20 November 2018 and include five priorities:
A. Sustainability in cultural heritage
B. Cohesion and well-being
C. An ecosystem supporting artists, cultural and creative professionals and European content
D. Gender equality
E. International cultural relations
In addition, digitalisation and cultural statistics are included as "important horizontal issues".
Each priority lists several topics to be addressed over the next few years. For example, Priority C also inlcudes the topic " Diversity and competitiveness of the music sector". Based on Music Moves Europe, experts will exchange information on pulic policies to promote the mobility of artists and the circulation of local repertoire within and beyond Europe. Other topics in the Work Plan include Artistic freedom and the Status and working conditions of artists and cultural and creative professionals.
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. As in the previous cycle, the Goethe Institut was awarded the tender to organise the Structured Dialogue.
In the past, the EMC was selected several times to participate in the Structured Dialogue under the name Voices of Culture in the themes: Stakeholders Committee European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, Social Inclusion: Partnering with other sectors, The Inclusion of Refugees and Migrants through culture, Developing entrepreneurial & innovation potential of the Cultural and Creative Sectors (CCS) as well as Audience Development via Digital Means.