The Treaty of Maastricht (1993) allows the European Union (EU) to organise cultural activities for the preservation, dissemination and development of culture in Europe. However, the role of the EU is limited to promoting cooperative activities between the cultural actors in the various member states or to supplementing their activities to contribute to the blossoming of the cultures of the member states, taking into account their national or regional diversity. To this end the EU employs instruments which support these cultural initiatives.
Information on existing European cultural programmes (CIP programme (ICT policy support programme); 7th Framework programme; Audiovisual and Media; Lifelong Learning (Grundtvig); and Interreg IVc) can be found on the following websites:
www.kunstenenerfgoed.be/... (art and heritage)
CultuurContactpunt Vlaanderen is the European Commission's information centre for the culture subsidy programme (for 2007-2013) which finances European cultural cooperation projects. CultuurContactpunt Vlaanderen is part of the Flemish government's Department of Culture, Youth Affairs, Sports and Media.
- study by Els Van Camp: International profiling of Flemish art organisations: finance channels in Europe.
- leaflet version by Els Van Camp