EU Culture Policy

EU policy on cultural cooperation began between member states in 1992 with its inclusion in the Maastricht Treaty. The EU culture policy addresses and promotes the cultural dimension of European integration through legislation and funding. This concerns the development of cultural activity, education or research in the fields of cinema and audiovisual, publishing, music and crafts.

Many other EU policies do have a link and impact on the culture policy. NEMO publishes the links and relevant initiatives on the European level for museums and their staff.

To access publications and other documents that regard EU Cultural Policy, head to the Reading Corner.

Recent News in EU Culture Policy

Resolution on EU strategy for international cultural relations approved News, EU Culture Policy, Museums as Social Agents, Intercultural Dialogue

18.07.2017 | Culture deserves a bigger role in EU diplomacy - with this statement the European Parliament's CULT Committee called for a greater support and acknowledgement of culture as an essential part of EU political dialogue with non-EU...
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European Commission puts forward new rules to clamp down on illegal import and trafficking of cultural goods News, EU Culture Policy, Collection Mobility

14.07.2017 | On 13 July 2017, the European Commission put forward new rules to clamp down on the illegal import and trafficking of cultural goods from outside the EU, often linked to terrorist financing and other criminal activity.
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Committee on Culture and Education adopts opinion on Direction on Copyright for the digital single market News, EU Culture Policy, Copyrights, Museums in a Digital World

12.07.2017 | The CULT Committee voted on the amendments prepared by rapporteur Marc Joulaud on 11 July and adopted them. The ITRE Committee (Industry, Research and Energy) also adopted its amendments the same day.
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