Joint letter EU-US Summit June 2021: Call to support cultural relations

More than 100 organizations from the EU and the US have signed a letter ahead of the EU-US Summit in June 2021 to call for a greater focus on EU-US cultural relations and to reduce the obstacles to visas and work. Matters of particular importance also in recovering from the Corona crisis.

ITI Germany and IGBK, cooperation partners for the European Secretariat of German Culture NGOs, are amongst the signatory list as well.

Read the whole letter and view the signatory list here: EU_US_JuneSummit_final2_15062021

#CulturalDealEU

While the policy-makers are currently concerned with mapping out the road towards Europe’s sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the European cultural community urges them to include culture as a key component in this process – and beyond. Culture Action Europe, European Cultural Foundation, and Europa Nostra (representing the European Cultural Alliance) jointly proposed a Cultural Deal for Europe framework. This overarching strategy aims at placing culture at the center of the European project and mainstreaming it across all policy fields: from the green transition to Europe’s geopolitical ambition and from the digital shift to a value-driven Union.

What does the Cultural Deal for Europe propose?

  • Devoting at least 2% of the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) for culture. 
  • All national recovery and resilience plans must show due evidence of cultural and European relevance.
  • Full inclusion of culture in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the European Green Deal.
  • Make sure funding for culture is mainstreamed into other relevant EU programmes and actions.
  • Relevant and timely support to cultural workers.

Joint Statement

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New study on artists’ working conditions published

The European Commission and stakeholders have published a new study that sheds light on the status and working conditions of artists, cultural and creative professionals.

The study looks at characteristics of employment of artists and cultural and creative professionals in EU Member States with regards to artist status and entitlements, social security, self-employment, support ecosystems and alternative financing, artistic freedom, career development and measures countering the Covid crisis.

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Culture Action Europe’s Position Paper on “New European Bauhaus”

Published on Monday, October 26th, CAE reacted to Ursula von der Leyen’s proposal on a “New European Bauhaus” to realize the New Green Deal.  CAE welcomes the initiative as it paves the way to a long-awaited high-level recognition of the role of culture in the implementation of the sustainable development goals.  But, focused on the creation hard infrastructures, the proposal minimizes the full capacity of culture and the arts and brings also some controversies: 

New European Bauhaus: a promising intention and a much needed open debate