The financing of culture in the EU is currently achieved through various financial mechanisms dealing with exchanges and cooperation in cultural matters, dialogue between cultures and the strengthening of this sector. The EU’s Europe 2020 strategy focuses on economic growth based on a knowledge society, green industry, etc. There are fears that this strategy regards culture as one part of economic growth. Cultural identity is one of the fundamental values of the EU and cannot, by its very nature, be measured in terms of quantitative indicators. Projects which aim to combine current financial mechanisms are cause for concern, as the programmes vary greatly, even though they are concerned with culture. Efforts to merge cultural programmes and the Citizenship Programme are another worrying trend, as the resulting projects have little artistic value.
Have the Commission’s projects regarding methods of financing cultural programmes during the new financial perspective been decided upon? Will there be a cultural programme such as is currently in existence? Will there be support for exchanges and cooperation in cultural matters?