ADVOCACY

We work for a democratic European society, one that is created, owned and shared by Europe's citizens. 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.

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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

ECF has 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.

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

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

Past activities

In the first half of 2016, the Netherlands held the Presidency of the EU Council. ECF has 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