New date: Annual Policy Conversation – A Cultural Deal for Europe

Together with Culture Action Europe (CAE) and the European Cultural Foundation (ECF), Europa Nostra, also in its capacity as coordinator of the European Heritage Alliance, is pleased to announce a new date for the Annual Policy Conversation, A Cultural Deal for Europe!

The Annual Policy Conversation, A Cultural Deal for Europe will take place on 1 February 2022 from 15.00-18.00 CET, this time fully online. What better way to kick off the new year than with this cultural event discussing how culture can contribute to Europe’s recovery and to its green, sustainable & inclusive future?

For those who had already registered to attend the event on 18 November 2021, either online or in person, there is no need to re-register. They are automatically added on the list of attendees. However, If they cannot follow the event on the new date and wish to be removed from this list, they are kindly requested to send an email at:


Registered participants will be notified via email with a link to follow the event, just before its start.

Draft Programme

15.00 – Welcoming words by moderator Tamsin Rose (Friends of Europe), paying tribute to President David Sassoli as a Cultural Deal ally

One year after: Update & State of play of the Cultural Deal for Europe

15.05 – 15.10 – Opening video message by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen
15.10 – 15.20 – Keynote speech by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

15.20 – 16.05 – Culture for Recovery and Sustainability in Europe

Moderated discussion:
Tere Badia, Secretary General of Culture Action Europe
Elena Polivtseva, Head of Policy and Research, IETM
Inês Câmara, Co-founder and director of Mapa das Ideias

Which specific points the next Work Plan for Culture 2023-2026 should address?

Reactions from MEP Monica Semedo and representatives of the French and Czech permanent representations to the EU (Guillemette Madinier, FR, Yvona Havel, CZ)

16.05 – 16.15 – Video message by European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms Elisa Ferreira

16.15 – 17.00 – Culture and Cultural Heritage in the European Green Deal

Contribution from MEP Marcos Ros Sempere (S&D, Spain)

Moderated discussion:
Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic, Secretary General of Europa Nostra
MEP Salima Yenbou (Greens/EFA, France)
Jordi Pascual, Coordinator of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) Committee on Culture

What strategy and priorities need to be addressed to include culture and heritage in the 2030 SDGs and the European Green Deal?

Reactions from Ruth Reichstein, European Commission, I.D.E.A. Advisory Board to the President, Green Deal & New European Bauhaus, MEP Iskra Mihaylova (Renew, Bulgaria) and Kieran McCarthy, Member of the European Committee of the Regions

17.00 – 17.05 – Cultural break with live illustrator Menah

17.05 – 17.50 – Culture for the Future of Europe
To make the silos dance. Mainstreaming culture into EU policy” – presentation of the paper by Gijs de Vries, Senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Moderated discussion:
André Wilkens, Director of the European Cultural Foundation
Gijs de Vries (tbc)

How should philanthropy play a key role in making culture central in the strategic priorities for the future of the European project?

Reactions from Lucia Recalde, Head of Unit for Creative Europe MEDIA Sub-programme, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT), European Commission, and Matteo Bagnasco, Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo and Co-Chair of European Foundation Centre’s Arts and Culture Thematic Network

17.50 Closing remarks by Roselyne Bachelot, French Minister of Culture (video message), and MEP Sabine Verheyen, Chair of the European Parliament’s Culture and Education Committee
18.00 End of the debate, closing by the moderator Tamsin Rose and presentation of the visual story timelapse by Menah