The Cultural Institutes of the 28 Member States of the EU still do not have a European dimension in their mandates and tasks. This is one of the main conclusions of the European Parliament recent report on the European Cultural Institutes Abroad, presented on February 18 at the Parliament’s Culture Committee. The main goal of the study was to have a more in-depth understanding of the role cultural institutes of EU Member States play in a possible European strategy for culture in the EU’s external relations. In other words, the study was aimed at exploring the interaction between the European Union’s external policy and the 28 Member States Cultural Institutes and their role in promoting the culture and language of Member States.
The report shows that the goal mission and mandate of the Member States’ Cultural Institutes are still focused almost exclusively on the promotion of their national culture and language through the organization of cultural festivals, concerts or exhibitions. In this respect, their mission statement of these institutes do not promote the EU and its values. The report makes therefore some recommendations on strengthening the non-existing European dimension, which could be enhanced by further cooperation with EUNIC, the European Union National Institutes for Culture and MORE EUROPE, two already-existing networks that have as primary goal to provide a European dimension to the EU’s National Institutes for Culture.
The NPLD wishes to note that this study focuses exclusively on the State institutes for culture and neglects other culture institutes of many regions across Europe . Examples include the Etxepare Institute, the Basque Centre aimed at promoting the Basque language and culture abroad or the Ramon Llull Institute, the centre that promotes Catalan abroad, or the Consello da Cultura Galega, which also has an external dimension, to name only a few. NPLD would have liked to see the languages and cultures of many regions included in the study as they are currently developing an important task not only in the promotion of their languages and cultures but also on a wider European dimension.
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