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The Culture 2000 Programme

First European Community Framework Programme in Support of Culture

With the Culture 2000 Programme, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have established a single financing and programming instrument for cultural cooperation for the period lasting from 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2004.

The Culture 2000 Programme shall contribute to the promotion of a single cultural space common to the peoples of Europe. In this context, it shall support cooperation between creative artists, cultural operators, private and public promoters, cultural networks and other partners, as well as the cultural institutions of the Member States and of other participant States in order to attain the following objectives:

  • promotion of cultural dialogue and of mutual knowledge of the culture and history of the European peoples;
  • promotion of creativity and the transnational dissemination of culture and the movement of artists, creators and other cultural operators and professionals and their works, with a strong emphasis on young and socially disadvantaged people and on cultural diversity;
  • the highlighting of cultural diversity and the development of new forms of cultural expression;
  • sharing and highlighting, at the European level, the common cultural heritage of European significance; disseminating know-how and promoting good practices concerning its conservation and safeguarding;
  • taking into account the role of culture in socioeconomic development;
  • the fostering of intercultural dialogue and mutual exchange between European and non-European cultures;
  • explicit recognition of culture as an economic factor and as a factor in social integration and citizenship;
  • improved access to and participation in culture in the European Union for as many citizens as possible.

The objectives listed shall be achieved by the means of specific innovative and/or experimental actions; integrated actions covered by structured, multiannual cultural Cooperation Agreements; and special cultural events with a European and/or international dimension.

Interested parties are invited to participate in the Culture 2000 Programme and, if chosen, will be granted the appropriate means for their projects. The Programme is intended for cultural bodies and concerns all cultural activities, including multidisciplinary cultural activities, with the exception of cinema and audio-visual media.

For more information, please contact: European Commission, Directorate-General for Education and Culture, Directorate for Culture, Audiovisual Policy and Sport, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200, B-1049 Brussels, Belgium, tel.: (32-2) 299 93 35; http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/en/dat/2000/l_063/l_06320000310en00010009.pdf

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European Year of Languages 2001

Which Languages for Europe?

The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have decided to establish the European Year of Languages.

The objectives of the European Year of Languages will be to raise the awareness of the richness of linguistic diversity within the EU, to bring to the notice the advantages of competencies in a range of languages, to encourage the lifelong learning of languages, and to collect and disseminate information about the teaching and learning of languages. One of the key messages of the year will be that all languages should be equally valued - the aim is not merely to encourage people to learn widely spoken languages.

The initiative will also provide scope for disseminating information about the various possibilities available for learning languages. The Commission's proposal covers the eleven official languages of the Community, together with Irish and Luxembourgish, and other languages recognised by individual Member States.

Activities will address areas of education and vocational training.

It is envisaged that there will be two calls for proposals under the heading of the European Year of Languages. The first will have the deadline in the summer or early autumn of the year 2000 and will specifically target information and communication activities preparing the ground for the European Year at national, regional and local levels. About sixty projects are expected to be co-financed as a result of this call. A further and wider call for proposals will follow, with the deadline in the spring of 2001, targeting actions which advance any or all of the European Year's specific objectives. It is expected that 180-200 projects will be selected as a result of this call.

Linguistic diversity is a key element in Europe's heritage and will remain so in its future. Embracing it is therefore a pre-requisite for constructing a Europe all of whose citizens enjoy equal status and equal rights. Also, it is crucial for maintaining widespread public support for the European idea.

For further information, please contact: http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/eudcation/languages/actions/year2001.html