Julie is the Labour Europe spokesperson on Culture, Education, Youth and Citizenship. She is a full member of the committee dealing with these issues in the European Parliament: the 'CULT' committee.
What is the CULT committee?
The Culture & Education Committee is responsible for all the cultural aspects of the Union such as the dissemination of culture, cultural heritage, cultural and linguistic diversity, as well as for education, the audiovisual policy, the cultural and educational aspects of the information society, youth and sports.
The European Parliament plays an equal role with the Member State governments in adopting new laws and supervising the Union's programmes in these areas. In that regard, the CULT Committee is responsible for the ‘Erasmus +’ programme for education, training, youth and sport, ‘Creative Europe’ which supports European cultural and creative sectors and the ‘Europe for Citizens’ programme.
The Committee also regularly holds public hearings to gather evidence from experts in the fields of its competence.
Work in progress
Julie is the author of the report on "the role of intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and education in promoting EU fundamental values" adopted on the 19/01/2016 by the European Parliament.
First initiated after the Charlie Hebdo and Danish attacks, the 'Ward Report' focuses on the importance of dialogue between different cultures, cultural diversity and education as a way to strengthen society.
The report builds on the Paris Declaration, an agreement reached by Education Ministers across the EU after the Paris attacks. This agreement recognises that all of Europe needs to work together in order to prevent and tackle marginalisation, intolerance, racism and radicalisation, and to achieve equal opportunities for all.
The report makes concrete recommendations for action, including the increased use of culture in diplomacy and development policy, inclusive learning and active citizenship to build strong, confident and cohesive communities for the future.
Find more about the 'Ward report' here.
Since the beginning of the mandate, the committee has worked on different issues such as:
- European film in the digital era
- promoting an integrated approach to cultural heritage
- reviewing the enforcement of intellectual property rights in the EU
- promoting cultural tourism
- promoting youth entrepreneurship through education and training
- revision of the Bologna process on higher education
- assessment of Erasmus and other VET mobility tools
Beyond purely legislative ongoing work, the CULT committee has some challenges ahead in the coming months:
- Preparing a fair review of copyright in a digital era
- Ensuring that culture and education are included in the review of the EU global political strategy called "Europe 2020"
- Encouraging the European Parliament to tackle issues related to culture in other policy areas such as: culture in the EU external relations, culture in the EU regional cohesion policy, culture and international trade (e.g. the EU-USA trade agreement - TTIP and the need to ensure that culture is excluded), etc.
Cross-over issues and bridges with Julie's two other committees, delegations and inter-groups
Julie is also a member of the committee on Gender Equality & Women's Rights (FEMM) and the committee on Regional Development (REGI). She will ensure that culture issues are always taken into account by those committees. For example she has drafted the Socialists and Democrats opinion on a report entitled "Empowerment of women and girls through education". The Women's Rights committee is leading on the report but Julie drafted the opinion as member of the Culture and Education committee. Another important link to promote is between culture and regional development funds.
Julie sits in the parliamentary delegation to Kosovo – Bosnia Herzegovina and also in the delegation to ACP countries (African, Caribbean and Pacific).
Julie is also co-founder of the parliamentary intergroup (cross-political interest group) on Children's Rights and Well-being. Within her work in CULT, REGI & FEMM, she makes sure that children's rights are never forgotten.
On top of that, Julie is also active on the following intergroups:
- Common Goods and Public Services
- Creative Industries
- Social Economy
- Trade Unions
- Youth issues
- Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity
She is also a Vice-Chair of the informal interest group on Lifelong Learning. Visit the group's website here:
Find the complete list of parliamentary intergroups here.
Julie's particular interest
In the CULT committee Julie is particularly interested in promoting the role of culture in the development and well-being of individuals and communities both within the EU and beyond its borders. Julie wants to ensure that the social value of culture is not forgotten in the debate when the "economic" argument often prevails.
Concerning education, she advocates for informal education and life-long learning to be properly recognised and promoted at EU level. She also advocates for intercultural education to foster dialogue and inclusiveness in European societies.