In 2012, the European Commission tasked a consortium of 8 members, led by the Goethe Institute Brussels, to carry out the preparatory action "Culture in EU external relations" with the purpose to facilitate an on-going process of research, exchange of knowledge and support policy reflection in strengthening the role of culture in external relations.
The particular action, to formulate recommendations for a strategy on culture in EU external relations on the basis of the comprehensive mapping exercise and consultation process, will run until mid-2014 along an online discussion, which will be summed up at a conference in April 2014.
Here you can watch and hear the team leader Yudhishthir Raj Isar, Professor of Cultural Policy Studies, shortly explaining the aim and purpose of the Preparatory Action.
"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)