Cultural Diplomacy Platform
The Cultural Diplomacy Platform has been launched early March 2016 by the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments of the European Commission, to support the EU institutions in the implementation of a new Joint Communication "Towards an EU Strategy for international cultural relations". The Platform aims at carrying out activities enhancing the EU’s cultural engagement with third countries and their citizens, mostly by supporting and advising EU institutions, including the EU Delegations across the globe, and setting-up a global cultural leadership training programme.
In its Joint Communication ‘’, the European Union outlines the importance of cultural diplomacy and people-to-people contacts. It proposes ways to develop the EU's international cultural relations, in order to advance the Union's objectives of promoting international peace and stability, safeguarding diversity, and stimulating jobs and growth, including by setting up a Cultural Diplomacy Platform.
The overall objective of such a platform is to strengthen the EU's ability to engage meaningfully with different audiences and stakeholders in partner countries, through enhanced cultural relations.
In order to do this, the Cultural Diplomacy Platform will:
•Support the development of cultural diplomacy policies, activities, methodologies, tools and training programmes at EU level, including the EU Delegations. In particular, it will develop the Global Cultural Leadership Programme, a training programme designed to reinforce the capacities of young cultural managers emerging on the international scene, by consolidating their cultural leadership skills.
•Assist in policy dialogues with partner countries.
•Strengthen communities/networks of cultural practitioners, in view to increase the contacts and cooperation projects between cultural operators and stakeholders from the EU and its partner countries.
Principles, approach and methodology
The activities of the Platform will follow the principles, approach and logic of the Joint Communication. Therefore, each activity will be organised in cooperation with local partners (EU Delegations, EUNIC clusters, local stakeholders) set in a sustainable framework, and involve civil society.
All the activities of the Platform are linked to the following three topics:
•Cultural heritage, and the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018,
•Cities and city-to-city cooperation,
•People-to-people exchange through culture, including in particular diasporas and migrant communities.