The pillars of the EU strategy for international cultural relations
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Implementing the EU strategy of cultural diplomacyIn the last few years, four main institutional actors have been advancing the case for a substantive EU strategy for international cultural relations: the European Commission, the European External Action Service, the European Parliament, and the Council of the European Union.Within the European Commission, the greatest number of projects have been proposed and developed by the Directorate-General (DG) for Education and Culture (EAC), together with the DG for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) and the DG for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (NEAR), the last two having the greatest budgets to invest. Since 2016 the DGs have been cooperating closely among each other and with the European External Action Service (EEAS) to plan and carry out concrete actions on the ground.Some of these actions require no or limited budgets, but have a significant indirect financial, economic and societal impact. Other programmes require greater funding, but in return have a positive direct impact on the lives of many people across the globe. This is the case of large-scale development programmes and partnerships run by DG DEVCO and DG NEAR, with the active contribution of the EEAS and of the local EU Delegations, such as the one in Tunisia with the Creative Europe Programme, a case that will be discussed in detail later this week.
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