The EU Ministers for Culture's work plan 2015-2018

Work Plan 2015-2018 for Culture
(of the EU ministers for Culture)

As a member of the Parliament’s Culture and Education Committee it is very important that Julie engages with the other EU institutions to monitor progress on policy development and implementation. Julie’s team of Parliamentary Assistants are working on the Culture and Education agenda. They give here an outline of the overall work plan of the EU Member States (the Council) for the next 3 years


On 25 November 2014 the Culture ministers of the 28 EU member states gathered during a Council of Europe meeting. They discussed several key issues for culture, such as the cultural exception in TTIP (Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and reaffirmed the role of culture in the mid-term review of the EU global strategy "Europe 2020".

They also adopted conclusions on a Council's Work Plan for Culture for the years to come. Although the overall work plan will be adopted in the coming weeks, the main priorities are already public. There are 4 sectorial priorities:

  • accessible culture;
  • cultural heritage;
  • creative economy and innovation;
  • and cultural diversity, including culture in EU external relations (with non-EU states)

These are complemented by 2 cross-sectorial priorities:

  • digital shift
  • statistics

In addition, Latvia, which will take over the rotating presidency of the EU for the first semester of 2015, succeeding the Italian presidency, revealed a programme for culture during its presidency, in line with this general work plan.

The Latvian presidency main priorities will be:

  • Cross-sectorial co-operation between cultural and creative sectors and other policy areas
  • Links between cultural heritage and contemporary art
  • Culture in the context of the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 strategy
  • Culture in external relations, in particular in the context of post-2015 development agenda (as developed by the UN)
  • Continuing work on the possible review of the Audio-Visual Media Services directive.

Generally speaking, Julie welcomes the integrated approach to culture reflected in the Work Plan of the Council of the EU, and more specifically in the Latvian Presidency priorities. It is a good sign that the EU does not only see culture and the arts as a specific economic sector but as a common good and precious resource contributing to the individual and collective development and wellbeing, as well as to social and economic sustainable growth of societies.

Julie is also glad to see the issue of culture in EU external relations on the agenda. This topic is particularly crucial in the context of the design of the UN post-2015 development goals. The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, has called for the integration of culture in the post 2015 development goals. The EU must not lag behind on this issue and must be proactive!

As member of the Culture & Education Committee, also sitting in the delegation for African Caribbean and Pacific Countries, Julie is keen to be very engaged in promoting this aspect of the EU culture policy.

To read more about the meeting of EU Culture ministers, please download the Council's press release here:

To read more about Culture in the EU external relations, visit the website of "More Europe", a cultural civic initiative aiming to highlight and reinforce the role of culture in the European Union (EU)’s external relations:

Read more about Culture in the UN post-2015 development goals on the website of the Agenda 21 for Culture:

And please sign the petition to integrate culture in the post 2015 development goal here:

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