Culture is the new energy for Europe

Cultural Deal for Europe, Annual Policy Conversation 2023

Tuesday 28 February 2023, 15:00-17:15 CET, BOZAR, Brussels

The recently launched Cultural Deal for Europe presents proposals to put culture at the centre stage of EU policies. On 28 February, the three organisations behind the campaign – Culture Action Europe (CAE), the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) and Europa Nostra, also in its capacity as coordinator of the European Heritage Alliance – will bring together MEPs and representatives of the European cultural ecosystem to address this key issue.


First launched in 2020 in the first months of the pandemic, the Cultural Deal for Europe campaign has been revamped this year to reflect on a changing world and new EU and global trends.

The purpose of the political debate in Brussels is to discuss how to unlock the power of culture for Europe. The Cultural Deal for Europe argues culture is a fundamental value for democracy and it deserves a central place in Europe’s future. An important milestone will be the European Parliament elections 2024 and the soon-to-start mid-term review of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). Culture and cultural heritage need to be at the core of both debates and negotiations.




14:15 – 14:55
Arrival of participants at BOZAR, Room “Ter Arken”

15.00 – 15.05
Opening by moderator Katy Lee, journalist, the Europeans podcast, introducing the poet/artistic reporter Amber Setta

15:05 – 15:20
Welcoming words and introduction by the three partners – Lars Ebert, Secretary General of Culture Action Europe, André Wilkens, Director the European Cultural Foundation, Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General of Europa Nostra

15:20 – 16:25
Moderated Town Hall discussion with MEPs, Q&A from online and offline audiences.

MEP Alexis Georgoulis (The Left) MEP Marcos Ros Sempere (S&D)


16:25 – 16:50
Keynote address by Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Promotion of the European Way of Life

16.50 – 17.00
Closing remarks by MEP Sabine Verheyen, Chair of the CULT Committee of the European Parliament

17:00 – 17:10
Artistic reporting by poet Amber Setta

17:10 – 17:15 Wrap up by moderator Katy Lee


2023 Annual Policy Conversation


The major political groups of the European Parliament will react to the Cultural Deal for Europe proposals:

1) to effectively use the National Recovery and Resilience Plans for culture: with civil society, for the benefit of independent cultural scenes, for highest-quality conservation and restoration of Europe’s heritage;

2) to make a Cultural Deal for Ukraine – supporting Ukraine’s cultural, creative and heritage sectors – part of the Cultural Deal for Europe;

3) to find innovative ways of working together with the European philanthropic sector to address emergencies faced by cultural sectors, now and in the future;

4) to develop new, ambitious and cross-sectoral EU cultural policies, hand-in-hand with civil society and across policy fields;

5) to speed up efforts to realise the potential of culture for sustainable development and social justice, and to fully incorporate culture in the European Green Deal;

6) to establish common and ambitious standards for working conditions for artists and cultural workers across Europe; and

7) to place culture in the heart of discussions on the future of our continent and in the 2024 European Parliament elections.

Read the full Cultural Deal for Europe statement 2023




This is the third edition of the annual policy conversation in the framework of the Cultural Deal for Europe campaign. Earlier editions resulted in thousands of cultural organisations, individuals and 110 cultural networks endorsing the campaign. The initiative became instrumental for setting the symbolic goal of 2% for culture in national recovery and resilience plans and, in turn, mobilising and securing an estimated 12 billion euros for culture across the European Union.

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