Online Debate: A Cultural Deal for Europe

On 18 November, Culture Action Europe (CAE), the European Cultural Foundation, and Europa Nostra, coordinating the European Heritage Alliance, are co-hosting the online debate “A Cultural Deal for Europe: A central place for culture in the EU’s post-pandemic future” to be held from 15h00 to 17h00 CET.

Last year, Culture Action Europe, the European Cultural Foundation and Europa Nostra, also in its capacity as the coordinator of the European Heritage Alliance, hosted a successful first ‘La Rentrée’ debate with seven of the newly elected members of the European Parliament, European Commission representatives, and about 100 stakeholders of the cultural, creative and cultural heritage sectors (23 September 2019, BOZAR).

One year later, we wish to continue our cooperation among the wider cultural stakeholders landscape and EU policymakers, starting every new EU parliamentary and political season with a joint debate on the most topical issues for the cultural, creative and cultural heritage sectors in Europe.

This year’s debate will reflect on critical questions about the role of culture for Europe’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and, more widely, for the future of Europe, involving the European Commissioner in charge of Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel, the European Parliament CULT Committee Chair Sabine Verheyen, other fellow MEPs, together with representatives of Member States and of other European institutions, as well as a broad range of stakeholders and civil society actors. We have also extended our invitation for a (video) contribution to David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament, as well as to Apostolos Tzitzikostas, President of the European Committee of the Regions.

The 2-hours long online debate will be organised around three key chapters:

Chapter 1: “Culture as a driving force for Europe’s recovery”, introduced by Tere Badia, Secretary General of Culture Action Europe, in conversation with the EP CULT Committee Chair Sabine Verheyen.

Chapter 2: “Philanthropy as contributor to the Cultural Deal for Europe”, introduced by André Wilkens, Director of the European Cultural Foundation, in conversation with the EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel.

Chapter 3: “Culture and cultural heritage for the Future of Europe”, introduced by Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic, Secretary General of Europa Nostra, in conversation with the French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune.

After each chapter, you will have the chance to take part in an online discussion with policymakers and various stakeholders from cultural, creative and heritage sectors, foundations and civil society.

Preliminary Agenda:
14h30 – 15h00 Opening of the online space, arrival of participants
15h00 – 15h10 Introduction and a welcome message by the President of the European Parliament
15h15 – 16h45 Online debate divided in 3 chapters
16h45 – 17h00 Closing message by the President of the European Committee of the Regions (tbc)

Please, confirm your participation by registering via this link before 10 November 2020.