New EC initiative “Crossroads of Europe” to promote European Cultural and Religious Routes

The European Commission organises the first annual event “Crossroads of Europe” whose aim is to highlight places and routes in Europe associated with a coming together of different cultures. For the first year, the event  will be focused on cultural and religious routes and it will take place  in Pavia (Italy) from 6th to 10th June 2012.  ‘Crossroads of Europe’ … [Read more…]

San Sebastián and Wroclaw designated European Capitals of Culture for 2016

On the 10th of May 2012, the European Council adopted a decision officially designating Donostia-San Sebastián (Spain) and Wroclaw (Poland) as European Capitals of Culture for 2016. The European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou congratulated the two winning cities and declared that “this flagship cultural initiative is a unique opportunity to reap enormous cultural, social and economic … [Read more…]

European Commission updated the Roadmap on the future of the European Capitals of Culture

There is a large consensus that the European Capitals of Culture (ECoC) have become one of the most ambitious cultural events in Europe and probably one of the most appreciated initiative by European citizens. The current European Capitals of Culture scheme lasts until 2019. The European Commission has published an updated roadmap on the future … [Read more…]

Which future for the European Capitals of Culture?

During the last plenary session of the Committee of Regions (CoR), that took place on 15th and 16th February 2012, the future of the European Capitals of Culture has been discussed. The draft opinion presented by Anton Rombouts, the CoR Rapporteur on this dossier, has been voted. The European Commission is currently working on a … [Read more…]

Interested in funding for implementing cultural projects? Join the “Culture Infoday 2011”

In Brussels on Monday, 30 May there will be an Info day on the Culture Programme, jointly organized by the European Commission (DG Education and Culture) and by the Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) which is in charge of the daily management of the programme. The event will provide information on calls for proposals and practical advices on the preparation and submission of project … [Read more…]

Pompeii, no more time to wait

Negligence, hydrogeological instability, heavy rain, insufficient funding for the management of a large and important archaeological site such as Pompeii. According to experts these are some of the causes of the collapses that have recently occurred in the ruins of this ancient Vesuvian town. “This leaves us shocked,” said Dennis Abbott, spokesman for European Commissioner … [Read more…]