Advocacy is the groundwork for everything we do -  creating a central position for culture and community participation at a local level and in EU policies.

Contact: Marjolein Cremer, Senior Advocacy Officer

 

Current activities

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Civitates

Civitates is a consortium of 16 foundations committed to upholding democratic values in Europe. It believes in European democracies, where all citizens have the opportunity to access information, make their voices heard, organise, mobilise and engage fully in the democratic processes.To achieve this vision, Civitates strengthens the capacity of civil society to play its indispensable role in shaping vibrant and open European democracies that work for all.

Civitates is hosted by the Brussels-based Network of European Foundations (NEF).

Visit the Civitates website.

 
 Participants of the 2017 edition. Picture by Kostas Apostolidis - Cultural Diplomacy Platform

Participants of the 2017 edition. Picture by Kostas Apostolidis - Cultural Diplomacy Platform

Global Cultural Leadership Programme

The GCLP is the main training component of the Cultural Diplomacy Platform. Its main objective is to support young cultural managers emerging on the international scene, and coming from the 10 Strategic Partners of the European Union as well as from EU Member States, in developing and strengthening their cultural leadership skills.

Find out more.

 MEP and Tandem alumni Julie Ward at the Idea Camp 2015. Photo by Julio Albarrán.

MEP and Tandem alumni Julie Ward at the Idea Camp 2015. Photo by Julio Albarrán.

Strategic decisions on future Europe

We have been at the forefront of fighting for an EU closer to its citizens. By sharing and promoting good practice examples of citizen engagement and participatory governance, we contribute to local and EU policy. Our advocacy work has focused on bringing culture closer to the heart of EU politics. On 13 September 2017, the President of the European Commission (EC) Jean Claude Junker gave the State of the Union Address 2017.  In his speech announced the strategic directions of the EC for the coming year.

How does this relate to our work? 

 
 Federica Mogherini at the European Culture Forum 2016. Photo via  European External Action Service .

Federica Mogherini at the European Culture Forum 2016. Photo via European External Action Service.

Culture in EU external relations

Culture is Europe’s strongest asset, and it should be pivotal in how the EU conducts its relations with other countries and regions. Since 2005, our foundation has been researching the cultural dimension of the EU’s external relations. The end goal for a legal framework on culture in EU external relations has been achieved, with the EU Strategy for international cultural relations adopted on 8 June 2016 by the European Commission.

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Latest publications

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Displaced in Media

In this publication we present the practices and learnings of Displaced in Media to media makers and policymakers.

Across Europe, individuals and collectives of journalists, filmmakers, cultural professionals, activists, teachers and researchers are trying to break through the power structures that stop the most disadvantaged from being heard.

Emerging from this are contacts and networks, a pool of knowledge and educational methodologies, channels and strategies to reach general audiences, and also increase awareness among policymakers.

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How people are changing their cities

Build the City  highlights innovative civil-public partnerships in broader Europe that have solved urban challenges: 26 examples of enabling citizens and governments to share power, co-design legislation, management or collective action for the common good.

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Culture & the Commons

A collective call to urge European decision-makers to embed culture as an important perspective and practice contributing to the commons in their policy deliberations. 

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CO–MAKING THE CITY: Ideas from the Innovative City Development meeting

We need to co-make our cities together: institutions collaborating with local people. This report presents ideas on how to do this based on the collaborative thinking of city makers who attended the Innovative City Development meeting in Madrid in March 2017.

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Past activities

 Towards a European Mienskip debate, April 2015. Photo by Ruben van Vliet

Towards a European Mienskip debate, April 2015. Photo by Ruben van Vliet

In the first half of 2016, the Netherlands held the Presidency of the EU Council. We participated in a wide range of events as part of our advocacy work, with a focus on including citizens and culture in the Urban Agenda for the EU.

New Pact for Europe (2013-2014). European-wide debate on the EU’s future at both European and national level, involving policy-makers and citizens.

To strengthen the position of culture in the run-up to the European Parliament elections on 22 May 2014 in the Netherlands, ECF and partners launched the manifesto Voor Europa Door Cultuur

Go Vote! campaign as part of our goal to increase participation in the European elections in 2014.

we are more campaign, led by Culture Action Europe, to strengthen the position of culture in the next European Union policy period (2014–2020). 

Drawing Citizenship: Toward the 2014 European elections through comics.

Doc Next Network's Radical Democracy Video Challenge