Belgium takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union

On 1 January 2024, Belgium took over the Presidency of the Council of the EU after Spain. The Belgian presidency will last until 30 June and is the last rotating Council Presidency of the current legislative term.

Flemish Minister Jan Jambon will chair the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council together with Flemish experts, who will follow the relevant preparatory work of the Culture Council. The integral programme on the priorities for the six months to come is already available to read online.

One of the themes brought up in the programme is artificial intelligence (AI) and how it should be regulated to prioritise the EU’s long-term competitiveness and industrial policies. NEMO will soon announce a conference on AI and museums that will be organised within the framework of the Belgian Presidency. Stay tuned for more information.

The programme of the Belgian presidency also mentions pursuing green and just transition, inclusion and health, protecting European citizens, strengthening cooperation, and preparing our shared future. It will focus on six thematic areas and will provide particular attention to maintaining the EU’s unwavering support to Ukraine.

Two major events dealing with culture have been announced for the six-month term. Empowering the Cultural and Creative Sectors in Data-Driven Audience Development from 7-9 February in Ghent will explore existing and potential future policies to foster cultural participation, ethical considerations regarding the use of audience data, digital and collective data processing infrastructure, and encouraging knowledge sharing regarding data usage in the CCS.

Unity in Diversity? Culture, Heritage and Identity in Europe from 15-16 April in Antwerp will look into how culture and heritage contribute to the formation and expression of identity.