24.06.2013 - UNESCO Venice Office

Eastern Partnership Initiative: culture ministers to meet in Georgia

©Ilan Molcho – Old Tbilisi is known for its distinctive balconies of various colors

The first Eastern Partnership Ministerial Conference on Culture will be held on 27-28 June 2013 in Tbilisi, Georgia. This high level event of the Eastern Partnership Initiative is organized by the European Commission – Directorate General for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Youth & Sport and the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia.

The conference will represent a milestone in the cultural dimension of the Eastern Partnership, aiming to give guidance for future work and providing an occasion for a mid-term assessment of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme.

Yolanda Valle-Neff, Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), will represent UNESCO at the ministerial conference. Will likewise participate in the event: Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth; Bidzina Ivanishvili, Prime Minister of Georgia; and the ministers of culture of Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine.

The conference will highlight the contribution culture can bring to the different threads of development (political reforms, civil society development, economic development, job creation and social cohesion), while also providing the opportunity for a mid-term assessment of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme and to offer information about the future Creative Europe Programme. 3 sessions are scheduled: 1 - Culture as a vector for political reforms and social development; 2 - Culture as a vector of economic growth and job creation; and, 3 - EU instruments and international cooperation - perspectives for the future. The event will close with the release of a declaration.

The Eastern Partnership Initiative (EaP) is created to support sustainable reforms in Eastern European countries with a view to accelerating their political association and economic integration with the European Union (EU) and to facilitating the mobility of citizens. At the heart of this joint endeavour lies a shared commitment to fundamental values, such as democracy, the rule of law, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.


Link: http://ec.europa.eu/culture/news/20130425-eastern-conference_en.htm

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