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What is Culture Action Europe?


Culture Action Europe is an advocacy and lobby organisation promoting arts and culture as a building block of the European project. Our aim is to influence European policies for more and better access to culture across the continent and beyond. We provide customized information and analysis on the European Union, offer cultural actors a space to exchange and elaborate common positions, and develop advocacy actions towards European policymakers.

What is Culture Action Europe's mission?


Our mission is to keep on providing EU cultural operators with a common arena in which they can reflect on the European project, identify their interests and organise their political representation with a long-term objective to strengthen the role of arts and culture in the development of Europe. Behind our mission is the belief that public investment in culture and the arts contributes to the development of a sustainable and more cohesive Europe. We are convinced that access to the arts and participation in cultural life is a fundamental right of every citizen.

What is the structure of Culture Action Europe?


We are Europe-wide network of membership organisations, with a Secretariat based in Brussels. We have an Executive Committee elected from among our membership organisations who meet four times a year. Our membership organisations meet during the annual General Assembly.

Culture Action Europe currently has over 100 members that together represent over 80.000 arts and culture players across Europe and beyond in more than 14 artistic disciplines. Our members are from all domains - orchestras to writers associations, research institutions to cultural contact points, national theatres to international cultural networks, independent cultural operators to conservatoires, visual arts organisations to voluntary arts organisations. We bring them together in the belief that cultural cooperation matters in Europe.

What is Culture Action Europe's action?


We have immediate access to EU decision makers and we are widely recognised as a unique resource of information and expertise on the EU and its cultural policy. The EU institutions see Culture Action Europe as the first port of call for informed opinion and debate about arts and cultural policy in Europe. We are the biggest umbrella organisation representing the cultural sector at European level.

We have been working on European cultural policy issues since 1992. We have published numerous studies and reports, participated in key Parliamentary hearings and discussion groups, influenced the design of the early cultural funding programmes Kaleidoscope and Raphaël, as well as the two generations of Culture programmes. We had an active role in the debates, which led to the development of ‘A European Agenda on Culture’, co-initiated the creation of the Platform for Intercultural Europe and take an active part in the newly established structured dialogue with civil society. We are a leading platform for reflection and advocacy when it comes to European cultural policy.

One of our most high profile successes was the 70 Cents for Culture Campaign targeted at European parliamentarians, Commission officials and Ministers of Culture to increase the EU’s culture budget from roughly 7 cents per citizen per year to 70 in the 2007-2013 Culture Programme. The campaign struck a chord, receiving the support of more than 1,300 persons and organisations. Given the envisaged cuts in the budget and that the campaign target of 70 cents had always been symbolic, the campaign was recognized as making a significant contribution to the final result - 13 cents. It is an example of what we can do if we collaborate in the right way.

Why is Culture Action Europe necessary?


European policymaking has a growing impact on the day-to-day work on all of us. All key sectors of civil society have developed European platforms over the past few years in order to understand the issues better and to make their voice heard at European level. Culture Action Europe exists to do the same for the arts and culture. We know that among so many competing interests making their case in Brussels, it is essential that the not-for-profit cultural sector is also heard.

Despite the complexity and the diversity of the cultural sector, it shares common positions and has similar interests. In order to be heard, these interests have to be expressed in a clear voice at the European level. Culture Action Europe aims to be the leading platform for representing the diverse interests of the sector with a coherent and clear message.

In concrete terms it means that we work together by campaigning on specific policy issues at EU level and inform the debate on cultural policy issues. We are needed because we support cultural advocacy at local, regional, national and European level. Last but not least, we collaborate in forward looking research on policies to shape the future of Europe where culture is central.

What is the history of Culture Action Europe?


The Culture Action Europe/EFAH track record 1992 - 2009

1992
  • The European Forum for the Arts and Heritage (EFAH) is born!

1993
  • 1st General Assembly (Copenhagen)
  • Publication of a Memorandum identifying the main concerns of cultural organisations in Europe

1994

  • 2nd General Assembly in Lisbon
  • Publication of an Inventory on Community legislation and policies affecting the cultural sector

1995
  • 3rd General Assembly and International conference ‘The place for Culture in the Global Information Society: how to take advantage of the new highways’ (Marseille)
  • Response to the European Commission’s proposals concerning Kaleidoscope 2000 and Raphael and the eventual modifications to the article 128 in the future EU Treaty (future article 151)
  • Study on the Needs of Cultural networks in Europe

1996
  • 4th General Assembly and International Conference ‘First meeting of European Cultural Networks’ (Turin)

1997
  • 5th General Assembly and International conference ‘Arts and Heritage - A public service?’ (Amsterdam)
  • Discussion paper ‘New models of European support for cross-border artistic cooperation to contribute to the reflection on the future cultural action of the EU institutions’
  • Contribution made to the EC’s Communication on Cohesion policy, Culture and Employment and to the revision of the ‘Arc and Senans’ Declaration on the future of Cultural Policy in Europe’

1998
  • 6th General Assembly and International Conference (Manchester)

1999
  • 7th General Assembly and International Conference ‘1999 Onwards: A Suitable Cultural Policy for Europe (Bonn)’ Members’ meeting in Helsinki

2000
  • 8th General Assembly and International conference ‘The place of Culture in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights’ (Lisbon)
  • Position paper on Austria and call against the all-out boycott

2001
  • 9th General Assembly and International
  • Conference ‘Culture and the EU Institutional Reform' (Brussels)

2002
  • 10th General Assembly and International Conference ‘Probing the stalemate: bringing Culture back to the European Agenda’ (Ljubljana)
  • Policy dialogue organised by EPC, ECF and EFAH: Cultural issues in the future EU Constitutional Treaty
  • Report on Cultural NGOs and the EU Institutional Reform, evaluation and future perspectives

2003
  • 11th General Assembly and International conference ‘Circulations. Culture and Migration’ (Berlin)
  • Study by Interarts and EFAH on Cultural Cooperation in Europe

2004
  • 12th General Assembly and international conference ‘Regional Cultural Policies’ (Lille)
  • EFAH joins the Civil Society Contact Group
  • Publication of a Parliamentary platform and toolkit
  • Appeal for a Cultural Europe (joint EFAH/ECF initiative, open letter to the press on the occasion of the EP elections)
  • Study for the Nord Pas-de-Calais French Region on Culture and Regions of Europe

2005
  • 13th General Assembly and international conference ‘Inclusive Europe. Horizon 2020’ (Budapest)
  • Launch of the “70 cents for Culture” campaign

2006
  • 14th General Assembly and International Conference ‘Islands and Bridges’ (Helsinki)
  • Open letter on the former A 3042 funding line
  • Creation of the Civil Society Platform for Intercultural Dialogue (joint EFAH/ECF initiative)

2007
  • 15th General Assembly and International Conference ‘Inside Out - Re-imagining cultural action in Europe’ (Warsaw)
  • EFAH takes the rotating chair of the Civil Society Contact Group
  • Rainbow paper ‘Practice makes perfect - a learning framework for Intercultural Dialogue’

2008
  • 16th General Assembly and international conference ‘Open Stage - European cultural action across borders’ (Marseilles)
  • EFAH becomes Culture Action Europe: the new name, website and visual identity are launched
  • Culture Action Europe takes part and sits on the steering groups of the three ‘structured dialogue platforms’ initiated by the European Commission

2009
  • 17th General Assembly (Brussels)
  • Active participation in the structured dialogue launched by the European Commission as a follow up to the adoption of the European Agenda for Culture. Member of the steering groups of the three civil society platforms
2010
  • 18th General Assembly and International Conference 'The Time is Now' (Brussels), Launch of the Europe-wide arts advocacy campaign we are more in strategic partnership with the European Cultural Foundation


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Read Culture Action Europe's statutes [.pdf]
Read the Annual Report 2007[.pdf]
Read the Annual Report 2008 [.pdf]
Read the Annual Report 2009 [.pdf]
Read the Annual Report 2010 [.pdf]
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