Policy Statements

In order to react to alarming situations or specific developments in the field of cultural policies in Europe, the EMC may issue statements adressed at the respective decision-makers. Find below the most recent statements that were issued by the EMC. Also the EMC joins forces with other networks to effectively put pressure on decision-makers.

Cultural & Creative Sectors' call to boost Creative Europe

Issued November 2018

Joint call from 80 organisations to boost the Creative Europe Programme ahead of the vote of the Budget Committee of the European Parliament on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021 - 2027 on 5 November 2018.

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Joined Statement on EU Cohesion Policy

Issued September 2018

In their Position Paper from 17 September 2018 the European Alliance for Culture and the Arts states that the EU Cohesion Policy must adopt a citizen-oriented approach with a prominent place for culture.

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Statement on the proposal for a Copyright Directive

Issued July 2018

Following the initiative of many organisations of the music sector, the EMC supports the call to vote in favour of the Legal Affairs Committee Report on the proposal for a Copyright Directive in the European Union.

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Joined Statement on EU Funding Programmes

Issued June 2018

In their Position Paper from 18 June 2018 the European Alliance for Culture and the Arts states that culture, arts and heritage must be included in and financially supported within major EU funding programmes.

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Joint statement on the EU culture budget

Issued April 2018

The signatories of this letter, drafted on an initiative of Impala, want to remind the representatives of the European Commission,  European Council and the European Parliament the place of culture in the EU budget ahead of the presentation by the European Commission of its draft Regulation for the post-2020 MFF in May 2018.

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Joint Statement on Music Moves Europe

Issued March 2018

Seizing the momentum, the EMC joined IMPALA and a broad range of organisations in this letter directed to all institutions urging the EU to support a dedicated European Music Programme.

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Post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework: Call for a Substantial and Meaningful Support for Culture and the Arts as Generators of an EU Added Value

Issued January 2018

Having followed the Commission’s high-level conference on the future MFF-framework on 8-9 January 2018 as well as discussions in the European Parliament, the European Alliance for Culture and the Arts calls on the European institutions and Members States to ensure substantial support for culture, the arts and heritage within the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).

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Joined Statement on European Commission's Communication "Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture"

Issued November 2017

Today, following the initiative of Council President Donald Tusk on the Leaders’ Agenda, EU heads of state and government come together in Gothenburg, Sweden for a debate on culture and education. The European Alliance for Culture and the Arts very much welcomes this meeting and the attention paid by heads of states and government to the importance of education and culture.

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Joined Statement on Culture in Regions and Cities

Issued October 2017

In the run up of the European Week of Regions and Cities, the European Alliance for Culture and the Arts addresses the crucial role that regions and cities should play at the European level.

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Joined Statement on the Reflection Paper on the Social Dimension of Europe

Issued June 2017

In the context of the wider debate on the future of the European Union, the European Alliance for Culture and the Arts welcomes the Commission’s Reflection Paper on the Social Dimension of Europe.

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G7 Cultural Summit: Open Letter to the Cultural Ministers of France, Italy and Germany

Issued March 2017

We call upon the cultural ministers of the G7 group to include culture in the newly upcoming fundamental discussion on Europe’s future and to appeal to other member states and the EU institutions to put culture at the heart of European policies.

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Culture at the Heart of a Sustainable Europe: Political Statement on the Occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Rome Treaties

Issued January 2017

60 years ago, the treaties of Rome prepared the ground for the European Union. When celebrating their 60th anniversary in March this year, Member States will have the opportunity to reaffirm their commitment to fundamental European values whilst creating a new understanding of a sustainable European project, deeply grounded in the European societies.

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No Sustainable Development without Culture

Issued December 2016

The European Alliance for Culture and the Arts appeals to include culture, arts and creative work in the the European Commission’s new strategy for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations (the 2030 Agenda).

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EMC Statement on the UK's EU Referendum by EMC Chairman Ian Smith

Issued June 2016

The EMC highly regrets the referendum but will further advocate for open borders for musicians in Europe!

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EMC Statement on the foreseen Closure of the EUYO

Issued May 2016

The Annual Meeting of members of the EMC regrets the decision taken to close the EUYO (European Union Youth Orchestra) and appeals to the European Union and other funding bodies to ensure the continuing operation of the orchestra.

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EMC Statement on the TTIP Negotiations

Issued December 2015

The European Music Council welcomes the EU’s commitment to the protection and promotion of cultural diversity within the TTIP negotiations and underlines to keep culture completely out of the TTIP negotiations.

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EMC Statement on Cultural Diversity as a Reaction to the Recent Developments in Europe

Issued October 2015

The European Music Council calls upon the political leaders of the European Union to embrace a culturally united Europe as an open concept where solidarity and humanity are the guiding principles rather than foreclosure and exclusion.

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