European Council recognizes culture as an essential part of the EU's international relations


On 23 May the European Council officially adopted a platform stating that  "Culture is an essential part of the European Union’s international relations".

The European Council is where national ministers from each EU country meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies.

The conclusions adopted 23 May provide guidance on the EU's strategic approach to international cultural relations. They follow the joint communication from the European Commission of 8 June 2016, which outlined a new strategy to put culture at the heart of EU international relations. This strategy aims at encouraging cultural cooperation between the EU and its partner countries and promoting a global order based on peace, the rule of law, freedom of expression, mutual understanding and respect for fundamental values.

Read the full text of the European Council's conclusions

Cultural relations in Europe will be a key focus at the upcoming Women’s Forum Rome, taking place 26-27 June at the Villa Medici. A roundtable discussion on “The value of future for re-opening dialogue” will be a highlight on the Women’s Forum Rome programme, with the following speakers:

  • Carlo d’Asaro Biondo, President EMEA Strategic Relationships, Alphabet Inc President EMEA, Google
  • Selma Elloumi Rekik, Minister of Tourism, Tunisia
  • Monica Maggioni, President, Rai
  • Vera Michalski, President, Jan Michalski Foundation
  • Florence Notter, President, Suisse Romande Orchestra
  • Jean–Michel Wilmotte, Architect, Urbanist and Designer