G7 CULTURAL SUMMIT: Open Letter to the Cultural Ministers from France, the UK, Germany and Italy from European Alliance for Culture and the Arts
News, EU Culture Policy, NEMO activities, Museums as Social Agents | 23.03.2017
NEMO is among the signatories of the Open Letter by the European Alliance for Culture and the Arts shared on 23 March 2017 directed towards the G7 cultural ministers.
On 30 and 31 March, the G7 cultural summit will be organised in the context of the Italian presidency of the group in Florence, Italy.
In proximity to the celebrations of 60 years of the Rome Treaty on 25 March 2017 the European Alliance for Culture and the Arts, welcomes this initiative as it provides an opportunity to discuss the EU’s approach to culture and to deliver a strong message to other countries.
In its appeal, the Alliance calls 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. Culture is the basis and a crucial condition for the development of democratic societies. It is a lever for a sustainable Europe and a key aspect of its relations with third countries.”
The appeal is sent to the national ministers in France, Germany, Italy and the UK, as well as the European Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker, his cabinet, the Commissioner for Education, Culture and the Arts Tibor Navracsics and his cabinet and the Italian permanent representation to the EU.
The European Alliance for Culture and the Arts, currently conveying more than 30 European and international associations, advocates for recognising the role of culture and the arts in strengthening the European project, and including them in the EU’s strategic goals.
Read the open letter here.