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As part of the EU Culture Forum on 4-6th November in Brussels, Platform for Intercultural Europe held a 45-minute "Flash Session" under the title “A future for Civil Society?” on Monday 4th Nov, 17h.

Cuts and changes to funding regimes for Civil Society Organisations have been rolled out across Europe in recent years. They are going too far - achievements of the past are being undermined.

As the EU enters a new budget period, the cuts are being applied to EU funding programmes. European organisations and networks that have helped create a European identity and European public space fear for their existence.

10/11th October 2013,
Brussels, Belgium

5th OMC expert group meeting - Cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue (Phase II)

Organiser: European Council

Logo European CouncilExperts from 11 EU Member States formed the hard core who thrashed out which recommendations from the work of over one year should make it into the final report of the group on Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue (under the Open Method of Coordination). The group set itself the challenge to condense over sixty draft recommendations into a final twelve which would have a chance of being taken up. PIE provided strong encouragement to avoid ‘general recommendations’ and consider the addressees of each – in particular to be clear about the responsibilities of national policy-makers, and to include proposals for the next EU Council Work Plan on Culture.

Chairwoman Sonja Kralj-Bervar and four other experts had previously met in Budapest to draw the work of four subgroups together in a first draft. By its fifth meeting the group had reached the level of maturity for really engaged discussion, but it was still apparent that more time would be needed to come to a deep common understanding.

3/4th July 2013,
Brussels, Belgium

4th OMC expert group meeting - Cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue (Phase II)

Organiser: European Council

Logo European CouncilAt their penultimate meeting, the nationally appointed experts grafted hard to get closer to the expected output of the group - a report identifying policies and a good practice manual for public arts and cultural institutions. They divided into four subgroups in order to each examine four practice examples according to a set of parameters proposed by Chris Torch from the European Expert Network on Culture (appointed by the European Commission to help steer the work). Since the previous meeting, the experts brought together a total of 80 examples of intercultural work, presented in a single format. Chris Torch selected 32 ‘revealing actions’ and placed them on a matrix which maps different kinds of relationships between practice and public policy.

PIE contributed to the subgroup on ‘diversifying the staff and boards of cultural institutions, and offered its help with drafting the final report which will be discussed in the group’s last meeting in October.

18/19th March 2013,
Brussels, Belgium

3rd OMC expert group meeting - Cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue (Phase II)

Organiser: European Council

Logo European CouncilWith their March meeting, the national experts on cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue are over half way with their work in the framework of the Open Method of Coordination. Two more meetings and their achievements will have to be presented. What did the March meeting deliver?

11/12th December 2012,
Brussels, Belgium

2nd OMC expert group meeting - Cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue (Phase II)

Organiser: European Council

Logo European CouncilThe second meeting of national experts on cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue in the framework of the Open Method of Coordination was introduced with a keynote by Naseem Khan which provided ‘five pointers’ for work on interculturalism. Further inspiration was provided by presentations on the French Scientific Interest Group - Heritage Institutions and Intercultural Practices, on the Cultural Plan for Brussels, on a Slovenian municipal library’s project “Roma people invited to the library”, and on the Austrian community arts centre Brunnenpassage. The experts then took a look at the ‘homework’ they had done since the last meeting: collecting good practice examples from their respective country. The delegates’ recounting of their experience with collecting examples revealed interesting differences between the countries in terms of the preoccupations of cultural policy-making and the political status of questions of interculturality. It transpired that the ‘good practice examples’ tend to be exceptional and that austerity measures are taking their toll.
An as yet inconclusive discussion ensued on the analytical framework to be used for the collation of policy and practice examples, and the method by which the group would arrive at recommendations.
A number of EU Member States were represented for the first time in this second round: Flemish-speaking Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Greece, Slovakia and Portugal – the latter two only appointed days before the meeting. The group will from now on also have a participant from accession country Croatia.
Under the motivating chairwomanship of Slovenian expert, Sonja Kralj-Bervar, the group displays energy to undertake a good piece of work together. Since group members communicate directly with each other in English and socialising possibilities were on offer, the group might gel. Yet national political constraints might yet come in the way of ambitious results.
Platform for Intercultural Europe participated actively in the deliberations, and its membership OMC working group will identify further input to the process.

24/25th September 2012,
Brussels, Belgium

1st OMC expert group meeting - Cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue (Phase II)

Organiser: European Council

Logo European CouncilA fresh set of national experts came together to launch phase II of the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) process on “Accessible and inclusive culture cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue”.

5/6th July 2012,
Brussels, Belgium

6th OMC expert group meeting - Accessible and inclusive culture (Phase I)

Organiser: European Council

Logo European CouncilNational experts met for the sixth, and last time to discuss their draft report on “policies and good practices of public arts and cultural institutions to promote better access to wider participation in culture.” A vast array of examples of policies and practices from across EU Member States had been assembled in the draft document – many of them were the subject of presentations at previous meetings.

10/11th May 2012,
Vienna, Austria

5th OMC expert group meeting - Accessible and inclusive culture (Phase I)

Organiser: European Council

Logo European CouncilThe meeting took place in Vienna at the invitation of the Austrian government. PIE was not able to participate.



5/6th March 2012,
Brussels, Belgium

4th OMC expert group meeting - Accessible and inclusive culture (Phase I)

Organiser: European Council

Logo European CouncilEminent examples of the social outreach efforts of cultural institutions featured once more in the meeting of national experts. The shape of the ‘handbook’, which this group is tasked to produce, was a major preoccupation and advanced with the help of a ‘world café’ exercise. The work of the group in its current composition is due to draw to a close after only a couple more meetings.

22/23rd November 2011,
Brussels, Belgium

3rd OMC expert group meeting - Accessible and inclusive culture (Phase I)

Organiser: European Council

Logo European Council“Can access to culture be broadened in times of severe public funding cuts?” “Do the differences in the public funding systems for culture across the EU prevent useful recommendations on increasing participation in culture through policy measures?” These were some of the questions which experts from 16 EU countries raised at their third meeting to exchange examples of initiatives to increase participation in culture or access to culture.

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