July 25, 2019, 4 p.m.
CULTURE and EU's INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Culture is an essential part of our relationship with today’s world to make the EU a stronger and more sovereign global actor. Culture is a powerful tool to build bridges between people, notably the young, and reinforce mutual understanding. It can also be an engine for economic and social development in and outside the EU.
In June 2016, the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, launched a new strategy for international cultural relations, which brings together all relevant policy areas and strengthens the EU’s foreign policy. The Strategy aims at boosting cultural cooperation with partner countries and makes a significant contribution to a global order based on peace, the rule of law, freedom of expression, mutual understanding and respect for fundamental values.
The strategy’s three main objectives:
SUPPORTING CULTURE AS AN ENGINE FOR SUSTAINABLE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Culture is a source of inclusive growth and job creation. Global trade in creative products has continued to expand in recent years, making culture a tool for the development of the creative industry.
PROMOTING CULTURE AND INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE FOR PEACEFUL INTER COMMUNITY RELATIONS
Intercultural dialogue can build and promote understanding within and between societies. It helps to demonstrate the value of cultural diversity and human rights.
REINFORCING COOPERATION ON CULTURAL HERITAGE
Cultural heritage is recognised as an important expression of cultural diversity that deserves protection. Rehabilitating and promoting cultural heritage plays a role in the preservation of identity but also boosts economic growth by attracting tourism. It can contribute to social cohesion and peace.
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