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.
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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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
The European Commission launched a public consultation on the development of a European Democracy Action Plan (EDAP). On September 14th Culture Action Europe and many other European networks and institutions welcomed the initiative and called the Commission in an open letter to reflect in it especially the status of the freedom of artistic expression as a fundamental aspect of cultural rights. The letter submits the following recommendations to the Commission:
1. Explicitly recognize freedom of expression in all its forms.
2. Develop appropriate instruments at EU level whereby artistic freedom can be monitored and assessed as one of the legitimate indicators of democratic and cultural health.
3. Foresee a facility through which artists can report violations of their fundamental rights and access support for their legal assistance and relocation.
4. Establish an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law, and fundamental rights, including artistic freedom.
Read the complete letter here.
In the late summer of 2020, IAA Europe starts a series of online debates to bring members and supporters closer together, to discuss what can be the role of artists associations today and especially their (re)union on an international level.
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“A deal is essential”, writes Charles Michel, president of the European Council, ahead of the EU summit on 17 and 18 July 2020, where an agreement for the EU-Multiannual Financial Framework and Recovery Plan is being sought.
Equally essential is a sufficient funding of culture in the EU budget, now, and in the coming years.
3000 cultural professionals, artists, creators, authors stand behind Culture Action Europe’ petition, which you can sign here.
These voices make it clear: „There is no proper recovery without culture and no culture without proper budget.“
Many artists like a.o. Björk, Marina Abramovich, Agnieszka Holland, Isabel Coixet, Milo Rau, Jean Michel Jarre, Anne-Teresa Keersmaeker and many more are loud on calling the EU and national leaders to “be bold” and invest in culture at the EU level. Read their letter here.