Regional Perspectives | Europe and North America
In her first ever State of the Union speech on 16 September, European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, announced a new European Bauhaus initiative. This initiative will be part of the broader NextGenerationEU recovery instrument that was proposed by the European Union in May and that is embedded in a long-term budget of some 750 billion euros. The new European Bauhaus is to be “a cocreation space where architects, artists, students, engineers, designers work together.”
Meanwhile, on 14 September, the European Parliament voted a resolution on the “Cultural Recovery of Europe”. The resolution recognises the importance of European cultural and creative sectors for economic reasons (around 4% of GDP), as well as for social cohesion. It further underlines that the 'post-pandemic recovery and revitalisation of European cultural policy are strictly connected to the other challenges that the European Union and the world are facing', including climate change and the digital transition, which are both major European priorities. It calls on the European Commission (EC) and the Member States to earmark for the cultural and creative sectors and industries, according to their specific needs, at least 2 % of the Recovery and Resilience Facility dedicated to the recovery, under the overall framework of the NextGenerationEU recovery plan.
The European Parliament also adopted a resolution on 15 September on measures to “green” some key cultural and youth programmes, including the Creative Europe programme, and contribute to the broader European Green Deal. The resolution calls on the EC to adopt further environmentally friendly measures in these programmes and also emphasises the enormous potential of the cultural and creative sectors in encouraging citizens to act sustainably.
Finally, organizers of a European Citizen’s Initiative presented to Members of the European Parliament their proposals on how EU law could promote minority rights and cultural diversity in Europe. The Culture and Education Committee was one of the parliamentary groups at the hearing; at which language, education, culture and audiovisual media constituted an important theme.