New EU Strategy for International Cultural Relations
New York, June 9th, 2016
The New Strategy to put culture at the heart of EU international relations, adopted on June 8th, was discussed at a meeting of heads of EU cultural institutions, academics, counselors and diplomats, organized by EUNIC New York.
“Culture is the hidden gem of our foreign policy. It helps to promote dialogue and mutual understanding. Culture is therefore crucial in building long-term relationships with countries across the whole world: it has a great role to play in making the EU a stronger global actor.”
Cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue are an integral part of the values of the European Union and play an important role in promotion of human rights, tolerance, and non-discrimination across the world. The EU is focusing on its increasingly positive role in international relations.
The European Union aims to strengthen the effectiveness and impact of its foreign policy by integrating international cultural relations in the range of its foreign policy instruments, while recognising the need for a cross-cutting approach to culture.
Culture can play an important role in the EU’s foreign policy. Cultural cooperation counters stereotypes and prejudice by nurturing dialogue, open-mindedness, dignity and mutual respect. Inter-cultural dialogue can help prevent conflicts and foster reconciliation within and between countries. Culture can help respond to global challenges such as the integration of refugees, countering violent radicalisation and the protection of the world’s cultural heritage. Culture can also be a tool to deliver important social and economic benefits both within and outside the EU.
Albanian Institute New York is a member of the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC). EUNIC NY is part of a global coalition of national cultural institutions and diplomatic services from the European Union, working in more than 80 cities on all continents. EUNIC members promote the arts, education, cultural diversity and cultural dialogue and advocates for a stronger role for culture in public policies and external relations, both at European and international level.
European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), is comprised of the following members: Arts Council Malta in New York, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, Albanian Institute New York, the Balassi Institute -Hungarian Cultural Center New York, the Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia and the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Estonia, the Consulate General of Portugal, the Consulate General of Slovakia, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia and the Slovenian Film Centre, the General Representation of the Government of Flanders to the U.S.A., the Goethe-Institut New York, Instituto Cervantes, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Consulate General of Greece in New York and the Onassis Foundation (USA), and the Polish Cultural Institute New York.
European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) presents cutting-edge and thought-provoking artistic and intellectual European achievements to New York and U.S. audiences. EUNIC New York partners with eminent American and European institutions to provide programs in the arts, languages, education, and academia. The organization is part of a global coalition of national cultural institutes and cultural diplomatic services from the European Union that work in more than 80 cities on all continents.