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Parliamentary questions
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29 November 2019
Answer given by Mr Navracsics
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003156/2019

In accordance with Article 167 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union in the field of culture, the Commission’s action is limited to encouraging cooperation between Member States and, if necessary, supporting and complementing their action.

In line with this mission, the Commission supports transnational projects in the cultural and creative sectors through the Creative Europe programme(1). Projects promoting audience development are a key priority of the programme. They include increased accessibility through the use of new technologies.

Availability of different languages is one element of accessibility. Most of the projects in the museum sectors supported by Creative Europe include an audience development component and are more and more using multilingual apps. While the Commission encourages multilingualism, it is up to each heritage site and museums to decide their own language policy.

One of the projects funded by Creative Europe is the Network of European Museum Organisations(2), whose members are implementing new technologies to make their collections more accessible and attractive to a larger audience. Another example is smARTplaces(3), a long-term European audience development project.

There has so far been no pilot project in the field. The Commission cannot give a judgment on a potential pilot project without knowing its details.

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