Cultural Cooperation with the Western Balkans for competitive cultural and creative industries

The European Union (EU) is committed to promoting Europe’s diverse culture in its international relations. Promoting culture as a vital element in EU international relations has been one of the three main objectives of the European Agenda for Culture corresponding to social, economic and external dimensions. This dedication was renewed as part of the 2018 New European Agenda for Culture, which aims at:

  1. promoting the arts, culture and creative thinking in formal and non-formal education and training at all levels and in lifelong learning,
  2. fostering favourable ecosystems for cultural and creative industries,
  3. promoting access to finance, innovation capacity, fair remuneration of authors and creators and cross-sectoral cooperation,
  4. and promoting the skills needed by cultural and creative sectors, including digital, entrepreneurial, traditional and specialised skills.

EU’s external strategy for culture

The Joint Communication 'Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations' is the cornerstone of the EU’s international cultural cooperation. The strategy has three main objectives:

1. Unlocking the potential of culture and creativity for sustainable social and economic development

2. Promoting peace and fighting radicalisation through intercultural dialogue

3. Strengthening cooperation on cultural heritage

The EU fosters cultural cooperation and policy dialogue with countries outside the EU through regional groups, international organisations and bespoke relationships with individual countries.

Candidate and potential candidate countries

The EU's Creative Europe Programme supports Europe's cultural and creative sectors. The entire region participates the in the Culture sub-programme of Creative Europe.

The Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) supports the Western Balkans in their preparation for EU accession and facilitates cross-border cooperation, combining bilateral and regional support. Examples of actions under this instrument include the dedicated Call for cultural cooperation projects with the Western Balkans  leading to 13 new projects and joint fight against trafficking of cultural goods in the Western Balkans, jointly implemented by the EU and UNESCO.

The Technical Assistance and Information Exchange (TAIEX) instrument and the Twinning programme.

Interreg B, which supports transnational cooperation. Three of its programmes cover partially the Western Balkans (ADRION, DANUBE and Balkan-Mediterranean).

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  • HISTOLAB Digital Hub

    The HISTOLAB Digital Hub aims at bridging the breach between the state-of-the-art in academic history and history education within the classroom and outside it. It aims at promoting a history education...

  • Cultural Cooperation in the Western Balkans

    Join us to discover 13 new collaborative cultural projects, showcasing ground-breaking creativity and creating sustainable connections across the Western Balkans and the EU. In 2019, Creative Europe...

  • Creative Europe Desks

    For questions, assistance related to the programme and help cooperating with organisations in other countries, Creative Europe Desks are in place in every participating country.  

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