At the meeting, conclusions on the Work Plan were implemented and the importance to keep the legacy of the European Year of Cultural Heritage was stressed in particular. The minsters also discussed the progress of the future Creative Europe programme 2021-2027. The Austrian Presidency of the Council hopes to make as much progress as possible on the work by the end of its presidency in December 2018. The Romanian Presidency expressed that they will ensure progress on the future programme once it takes over in early 2019.
At the meeting, Gernot Blümel, Federal Minister for the EU, Arts, Culture and Media of Austria, outlined the 5 priorities of the future Work Plan for Culture; sustainability of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, the contribution of culture and heritage to social cohesion, framework conditions for artists and the creative sector, gender equality and the development of a strategic approach to international cultural relations of the EU.
Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, pointed out that the work plan is consistent with the new European Agenda for Culture, which was proposed earlier this year.