Culture Action Europe’s Demands on the new Commissioner for Culture
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In an open letter to President Von der Leyen sent on 19 July 2019, Culture Action Europe calls upon the European Commission to propose a Commissioner for Culture ready to proactively promote and defend cultural diversity and EU values, support cultural and artistic cooperation across borders and thus, contribute to shaping the European cultural space, which is a basis of a strong Union.

Culture Action Europe also stresses that culture can drive and foster change in multiple policy areas and therefore should be integrated across policy fields. Culture also has the power to unite people across borders and thus help create a strong Europe. CAE urges the Commission to

  • Appoint a Commission Vice-President with a culture portfolio, responsible for the transversal interaction of culture with other policy areas.
  • Embed culture in the European Commission priorities in the 2021-2027 cycle, recognising that:
  1. Investing in culture is essential for our sustainable and inclusive future, inter alia for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  2. Developing a fair, innovative and solid economic base for the future of the Union cannot happen without the contribution of the cultural workers and organisations building a new digital economy and society.
  3. Cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue play an important role in the promotion of human rights, tolerance, and non-discrimination across the world, in line with the promotion of Europe’s values in the world – and as emphasised in EU’s Strategic Approach to International Cultural Relations.
  4. Defending our fundamental rights and freedoms requires art and culture to be free. The value of cultural diversity and freedom of artistic expression is increasingly challenged in Europe and must be actively promoted in accordance to Art.2,6,21,49 TEU, Art.167 TFEU and Art.13 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

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