“Cultural heritage is a group of resources inherited from the past which people identify, independently of ownership, as a reflection and expression of their constantly evolving values, beliefs, knowledge and traditions. It includes all aspects of the environment resulting from the interaction between people and places through time.”
MOBILITY OF ARTISTS AND CULTURAL PROFESSIONALS
According to Article 167 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), the Union shall take cultural aspects into account in its action under other provisions of the Treaties, in particular in order to respect and to promote the diversity of its cultures. The European Agenda for Culture of 16 November 2007 – amongst its other objectives – advocates the promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue as well as the promotion of culture as a vital element in the Union’s international relations. These objectives regarding culture are also in line with the Europe 2020 strategy. Intercultural dialogue and support for the mobility of artists are, therefore, cornerstones of cultural policy at the EU level.
SKILLS AND TRAINING
The EU aims to foster market opportunities for cultural goods and services, encourage innovation and new professions in modern technologies while supporting the training of creative professionals.
CULTURAL AND CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
Both cultural and creative industries and culture in EU external relations are key priority areas under the European Agenda for Culture. In its conclusions on a Work Plan for Culture 2011-2014 , adopted on 18-19 November 2010, the EU Council decided to establish a Working Group (WG) on Cultural and Creative Industries composed of experts nominated by the Member States.
CULTURAL EXTERNAL RELATIONS
In recent years, calls for a more strategic approach to culture in the EU relations with third countries and regions have multiplied, emanating from different stakeholders (European Parliament, Member States, cultural institutes, civil society). Building on this momentum and in line with the Council Work Plan for Culture 2011-2014, in March 2012 the European Commission convened a group of Member States’ experts to reflect on a common EU strategy to cultural relations with third countries.
INTER CULTURAL DIALOGUE AND SOCIAL COHESION
Intercultural dialogue is, essentially, the exchange of views and opinions between different cultures.
Unlike multiculturalism, where the focus is on the preservation of separate cultures, intercultural dialogue seeks to establish linkages and common ground between different cultures, communities, and people, promoting understanding and interaction.
With 28 countries and many more cultural groupings and identities within the European Union, intercultural dialogue is essential for avoiding conflict and the marginalisation of citizens on the basis of their cultural identity.
meet our experts
JORDI BALTÀ PORTOLÉS
JAAP VAN LAKERVELD
LILIAN RICHIERI HANANIA
DR. MICHAŁ GŁOWACKI
GERD G. KOPPER
ANNE MARIT WAADE
ARTHUR LE GALL
Who we are
The European Expert Network on Culture and Audiovisual (EENCA) was established in December 2015 by a Consortium of Panteia and iMinds-SMIT (VUB) on behalf of DG EAC of the European Commission.
With a view to improving cultural and audiovisual policy development in Europe, the main objectives of EENCA are:
- To contribute to the continuous development of cultural and audiovisual policies by providing high-quality analysis and advice to the European Commission, and enhancing the in-depth understanding of the European Commission’s services of culture and the threats and opportunities faced by the cultural, creative and audiovisual sectors.
- To promote decision-making based on solid, evidence-based and data-driven research, being of a descriptive, analytical, evaluative, and prescriptive nature regarding relevant topics in the field of cultural and audiovisual; and being of a comparative nature, including expertise covering different sectors, different policy areas, and different territories.
For these purposes a multi-disciplinary network of leading European experts on culture and of the audiovisual industry was set-up. The Expert Team consists of high level experts who have been carefully selected to cover a wide thematic, sectoral and geographical range.
EENCA engages in the analysis of the cultural and creative sectors and the audiovisual markets, and the analysis of cultural and creative sectors’ policies and audiovisual policies. The main underlying and guiding questions in this are: what has happened, what is happening and what will happen at local, national and European level, why is it happening, and how can we improve cultural and audiovisual policy development in Europe?
Meet our coördination team
KAREN DONDERS (SCIENTIFIC COORDINATOR)
PAUL VROONHOF (LOGISTIC COORDINATOR)
MARTIN CLARKE (ASSISTANT COORDINATOR)
HERITIANA RANAIVOSON (ASSISTING PROJECT MANAGER)
get in touch
In case you have any questions or comments on EENCA or its work, please feel free to send us an email at