What is Culture Action Europe?
Culture Action Europe is a non profit-making organisation that brings together individuals and legal entities around the following objectives:
a) To put culture at the heart of the public debate and decision-making at every level – both local and European - as an essential component for sustainable societies based upon respect for universal human rights and to the benefit of present and future generations;
b) To encourage the democratic development of the European Union, as the first and most ambitious attempt to establish a new form of democracy based on respect for human rights and the will to organize cultural life around a complex identity and not the hegemony of a single language, culture or religion.
Download Culture Action Europe’s statutes
What is Culture Action Europe's mission?
Our mission is to:
- promote culture as a necessary condition for sustainable development towards citizens, their organizations, the public and private sector and all European institutions and as well other relevant bodies and institutions in Europe, member states and international institutions that influence the European context.
- disseminate information on European policies and legislation that have an impact on the cultural development of European societies and the European project
- exchange, convey, publish ideas and debates on European policies
What is the structure of Culture Action Europe?
We are Europe-wide network of membership organisations, with a Secretariat based in Brussels. We have an Executive Committee elected from among our membership. Our members meet during the annual General Assembly.
Culture Action Europe has three membership categories: active members, supporting members and individual members. It currently has over 100 members that together give voice to over 80.000 arts and culture players across Europe and beyond in more than 14 artistic disciplines.
Our members are from all domains - orchestras to writers associations, research institutions to cultural contact points, national theatres to international cultural networks, independent cultural operators to conservatoires, visual arts organisations to voluntary arts organisations.
Read more about membership here.
What is Culture Action Europe's action?
We have immediate access to EU decision makers and we are widely recognised as a unique resource of information and expertise on the EU and its cultural policy. The EU institutions see Culture Action Europe as the first port of call for informed opinion and debate about arts and cultural policy in Europe. We are the biggest umbrella organisation representing the cultural sector at European level.
We have been working on European cultural policy issues since 1992 and this is an overview of our actions:
-published numerous studies and reports, participated in key Parliamentary hearings and discussion groups
-influenced the design of the early cultural funding programmes Kaleidoscope and Raphaël, as well as all generations of EU Culture programmes
-had an active role in the debates which led to the development of ‘A European Agenda on Culture’
-co-initiated the creation of the Platform for Intercultural Europe, took an active part in the established structured dialogue with civil society and led the platform for reflection and advocacy when it comes to European cultural policy
Two of our most high profile successes were:
-the 70 Cents for Culture Campaign targeted at European parliamentarians, Commission officials and Ministers of Culture to increase the EU’s culture budget from roughly 7 cents per citizen per year to 70 in the 2007-2013 Culture Programme. The campaign struck a chord, receiving the support of more than 1,300 persons and organisations. Given the envisaged cuts in the budget and that the campaign target of 70 cents had always been symbolic, the campaign was recognized as making a significant contribution to the final result - 13 cents. It is an example of what we can do if we collaborate in the right way.
- We are more – act for culture in Europe is a Europe-wide campaign for the arts and culture. It was launched in October 2010 and will run until 2013, when the EU decides about its next multiannual budget for the years 2014-2020.The we are more campaign promotes culture, heritage and the arts, together with education, social cohesion and environmental sustainability, as key areas in which the EU has to make more bold investments if it wants to reach its growth objectives and Europe to remain a thriving democracy in the future. Several of the campaign’s demands for the 2014-2020 programmes and policies have been met. A full campaign evaluation is available on the campaign website.
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What is the history of Culture Action Europe?
Culture Action Europe was set up under the name ‘European Forum for the Arts and Heritage’ back in 1992. Check out our track record in this pdf.
How is Culture Action Europe funded?
CAE is funded by its members, support from the EU Culture Programme 2007-2013 and the European Cultural Foundation. This website reflects the views only of the author, and the European Commission and the European Cultural Foundation cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.