European Music Council
November 27, 2019
For Immediate Release
Press Release
Culture is back!
Title of Commissioner Mariya Gabriel renamed “Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth”
Today, the European Parliament approved the new European Commission presented by Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen. In her speech, she announced that the title of Commissioner Mariya Gabriel will be renamed to “Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth”. This is a great success for the cultural sector which had heavily criticised the initial title “Innovation and Youth”. The European Music Council released two statements making the case to reintroduce “culture” in the title: See our statements from 19 November and 13 September.
In her speech, Ursula von der Leyen said that “culture and education are what link our history with our future”. Such a central role requires a budget that can further fulfil this role on European level. To underline this, the EMC is among the 90 supporting organisations from the culture and creative sectors of an Open Letter to EU leaders to support the European Parliament’s proposed budget for Creative Europe. Because: investing in culture is investing in our future.
About the European Music Council
The European Music Council (EMC) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the development and promotion of all kinds of music and to being involved in the fields of music education, creation, performance, documentation, management, publishing and heritage in Europe.
The EMC contributes to a better understanding amongst people about their different cultures and promotes the right of different musical cultures to coexist. It provides real value to its members and the broader sector through the analysis of policy developments and the formulation of policy statements, capacity building and knowledge exchange as well as networking opportunities within and beyond the music sector on an international platform. As part of the International Music Council (IMC), the EMC strategies and actions honour the 5 IMC Music Rights.
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Simone Dudt
Secretary General
European Music Council
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Katharina Weinert
Policy Advisor
European Music Council
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