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EUNIC Online Members Assembly

EUNIC members exchanged with Sabine Verheyen MEP, presented new projects in response to Covid-19, launched the new Strategic Framework 2020-2024 and pledged to strengthen European cultural relations at the Online Members Assembly on 4 June 2020.

Exchange with Sabine Verheyen MEP

Sabine Verheyen MEP, Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) joined the EUNIC Members Assembly for a discussion. Topics included the future EU Multiannual Financial Framework, the trilogue negotiations and cultural relations and diplomacy. She highlighted the need to consider the cultural and creative sectors in all recovery programmes.

Verheyen also acknowledged the importance of the EU strategy for international cultural relations and its reciprocal approach built around “a new spirit of dialogue, mutual listening and learning, joint capacity-building and global solidarity”. She highlighted that “arts and culture have become our healers and our rescuers during the past months, without us having to leave home”, that “they linked countries, regions and continents – and by doing so, they linked cultures and people”.

Cultural actors, artists and their creations should be seen as essential partners of political and civic leaders to maximize community participation and relations. Let me again call on your partnership.

She also urged EUNIC members to continue to advocate for culture on EU and Member State level: “In CULT, we strongly believe that culture is a tool to develop active citizenship and community involvement that leads to social inclusion, solidarity, responsibility and justice. Long-term policy visions should highlight that culture provides strong mechanisms for the development of civic values. Cultural actors, artists and their creations should be seen as essential partners of political and civic leaders to maximize community participation and relations. Let me again call on your partnership.”

EUNIC members' project pitches

The online meeting provided an occasion for EUNIC members to present to each other new formats and activities that they have developed in reaction to the current crisis situation. In short pitches, twenty EUNIC members and four clusters presented online live perfomance programmes, emergency grant schemes, online networking events and many more:

See all presentations here.

New EUNIC Strategic Framework for 2020-2024

EUNIC members approved the network’s new Strategic Framework for 2020-2024. In its revised strategy, EUNIC recounts the values of cultural relations – bottom-up approach, co-creation, joint capacity building, mutual listening and learning – as well as a wider understanding of culture. The three objectives have been finetuned to reflect the current partnership with the EU and to acknowledge a number of key policy documents, such as the EU’s strategic approach to international cultural relations.

Read the new Strategic Framework 2020-2024 here.

Make cultural relations count: joint statement

EUNIC members pledged to continue to strengthen European cultural relations. They published a joint statement to call to mind the importance of cultural relations and their value for friendly and peaceful foreign policy, and to emerge from this crisis as unscathed as possible. EUNIC members call on all actors to put cultural relations at the core of our efforts to combat the rippling effects of the coronavirus outbreak, to protect culture from budget cuts in the post-crisis financial frameworks and EU budgets for culture to be substantially increased.

Read the full statement here.

Find the meeting report and all previous General Assembly reports in our Resource Centre.

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