Euronews publishes op-ed ‘What we need is a Cultural Deal for Europe’ by Europa Nostra, Culture Action Europe and European Cultural Foundation

As part of our ongoing Cultural Deal for Europe campaign, Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary-General of Europa Nostra, Lars Ebert, Secretary-General of Culture Action Europe, and André Wilkens, Director of the European Cultural Foundation Director, wrote the op-ed ‘What we need is a Cultural Deal for Europe’ published in Euronews on 11 June.

To counter inequality, populism, climate change and technological advances, the role of culture and heritage must be elevated on the political agenda and in public opinion. This is a call to action rooted in hard facts.”

Culture is not just about preserving heritage or the arts; it challenges the status quo by providing a space for diverse voices to be heard, countering narratives that fuel division and extremism, which often lead to violence and hatred.”


The Culture Deal for Europe needs a champion, someone who feels responsible and committed. This should be the President of the European Commission in the first place, supported in this task by the rest of her/his team. Culture is ‘Chefsache’, supporting social cohesion, defence policies, the green transition, AI regulations, trade, migration, enlargement and external relations.

You can learn more about the campaign, and how to support it, via the dedicated campaign website:

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