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Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations: a regional contribution

Regional Initiative for Culture and Creativity (RICC), Basque Government, Emilia-Romagna Government, Friuli Venezia Giulia Region

Monday, 22 May 2017 from 09:00 to 13:00 (CEST)

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“Towards an EU strategy for international cultural

relations:

a regional contribution”

 Brussels, 22nd of May 2017

 Committee of the Regions (Venue: 99-101 Rue Belliard- 1040 Brussels)

          In the context of the anniversary of the Treaties of Rome and the 2018 Year for Cultural Heritage, European regions aim to contribute to the Joint Communication "Towards an EU strategy for International Cultural Relations" and the next EU Council decision.

    Cultural diversity is a fundamental value of the EU. Recently a change in the paradigm towards recognition of culture as a crucial sector for European social and economic development and as a driver for growth, has taken place. In this process partnership is a key tool to achieve success. Partnerships means working together with the multiple actors involved at the different institutional levels, and in  line with their territorial expertise and specialisation, as well as with the civil society. In this regard, regions have a crucial role to play through their international and European relations. In addition, regions are better placed to protect and foster their own cultural diversity.

    Building both on the experience of European regions and of the representatives from the EU institutions, international organisations, cultural stakeholders and the European regions themselves to discuss on the best way to work together and contribute in close cooperation towards a cross-sectoral and territorial approach to culture.

    The conference will address the issue of the international cultural relations focusing on the leading role of the regions. Regions are, indeed, essential actors to preserve and valorize the cultural diversity, or their territorial expertise among the European Union, but also to disseminate the future EU Strategy for International Cultural Relations abroad.   The next Culture EU Council (23rd May) is going to adopt a  Council conclusions on a strategic approach to international cultural relations, and the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions are leading their positions too.

    The event is promoted by Regional Initiative for Culture and Creativity (RICC) is an informal European network comprised of 25 regional governments, led by the Basque Country, Emilia-Romagna and Friuli Venezia Giulia. RICC is an EU platform driven by representatives from Brussels offices working in close cooperation with decision makers and experts from their Regions. Its aim is: to provide regional governments and territorial stakeholders with a EU network, with three objectives: to advocate on cultural and creative policies, to participate in relevant EU funding programmes, and to work under the Smart Specialisation RIS3 guidance.

Working Language: English, Spanish, Italian

 DRAFT AGENDA

 

9h00

Registration

09h30

Welcome and introduction

Chair: Walter Zampieri, Head of Unit, DG EAC, European Commission

Lorenza Badiello, Head of Delegation to the EU, Emilia-Romagna Region

Marta Marín, Basque Government Delegate to the EU

09h45

Setting the context

 Prof. Alberto Melloni, Director of the John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies, Chair holder of the Unesco Chair on Religious Pluralism and Peace at the University of Bologna

10h00

Keynote speech

 Rodrigo Ballester, representative from the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport

10h15

The Regional perspective

Apostolos Tzitzikostas, Rapporteur of the Committee of the Regions Opinion “Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relation”

Bingen Zupiria,Regional Minister for Culture and Linguistic Policy, Basque Country Government                                                          

Prof. Patrizio Bianchi, Regional Minister for European policies, Emilia- Romagna Region

Gianni Torrenti, Regional Minister for Culture, Sport and Solidarity, Friuli Venezia Giulia Region

Monica Barni, Tuscany Region Vice president and Regional Minister for Culture, Research and University

Raul Romeva, Regional Minister for Foreign Affairs, Institutional Relations and Transparency, Catalonian Government

María Teresa Lorenzo, Regional Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, Canary Islands

11h30

The Institutional perspective

Paolo Fontani, Director of the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels and UNESCO Representative to the European Institution, UNESCO

Andrew Murray, Director of EUNIC Global, the European Union National Institutes for Culture

Diego Marani, Cultural policy coordinator, European External Action Service

12h15

 

The European Parliament contribution to the Strategy

Silvia Costa, MEP, Own initiative report co-rapporteur for 2016/2240(INI) “Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relation”, European Parliament

12h30

Conclusions

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission (tbc)

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Regional Initiative for Culture and Creativity (RICC), Basque Government, Emilia-Romagna Government, Friuli Venezia Giulia Region

The European network Regional Initiative for Culture and Creativity (RICC)- lead by the Basque Government, Emilia- Romagna Region and Friuli Venezia Giulia region- is a strategic Brussels-based European network of Regions, with 24 regions member. Its aim is: to provide regional governments and territorial stakeholders with a EU network, to advocate on cultural and creative policies, to work under the Smart Specialisation Ris3 guidance, and to participate in relevant EU funding programmes.

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