European Commission adopted the New Agenda for Culture today proposing to:
1) harness the power of culture and cultural diversity for social cohesion and wellbeing, by promoting cultural participation, mobility of artists and protection of heritage;
2) 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;
3) strengthen international cultural relations, by making the most of the potential of culture to foster sustainable development and peace.
Also, the Agenda includes actions within five dimensions:
New programme for mobility of artists within Creative Europe;
Activities related to social inclusion through culture, including activities intended for refugees and migrants;
A project for the development of cultural and creative spaces in cities across Europe;
Research about the impact of culture on health and well-being.
Encouraging art education;
Master courses in creativity for interested universities;
Dialogue with the cultural and creative sectors, including music and audio-visual professions.
Increased support to culture in the Western Balkans countries, Eastern partnership and African, Caribbean and Pacific countries;
Establishing European Houses of Culture in partner countries.
Cultural heritage dimension
Two new Action Plans: related to political heritage of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 and combating illegal trafficking of cultural goods;
In future EU programmes, including cohesion policy, developing the quality principle in restoring and conserving cultural heritage.
Establishing heritage digitalisation centres throughout the European Union;
New EU Film Weeks in order to make European films available in schools throughout Europe;
New pan-European network of Digital Creative Hubs;
Mentor programmes for professional in the audio-visual field, especially women.