Culture is an essential component and a key factor for the effective delivery of the core mission of the Council of Europe to promote human rights, the practice of democracy and the rule of law.
Promoting culture as the "soul of democracy" means advocating strong cultural policies and governance aimed at transparency, access and participation, and respect for identity and diversity, intercultural dialogue and cultural rights – as the basis for respectful and tolerant living together in an ever more complex world.
CultureWatchEurope promotes culture as "the soul of
democracy", facilitating strong governance through
combined access to the Council of Europe's information
tools that generate, improve and follow-up policy
standards. It also offers a platform for exchange
towards prospective analysis and forward thinking.
"Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe" Database
The Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe is a
comprehensive reference work on European cultural policies
in the form of an online information and monitoring system.
Cultural policy reviews programme
The Council of Europe’s flagship programme of cultural policy reviews assesses policies in member states at the request of the Government/Minister of Culture to
offering comprehensive analysis and advice, geared
to optimising policy for the greatest benefit of its country's citizens.
Review of film support policies
In the context of rapid globalisation and digitalisation of cultural production and distribution, it
is key that policy tools put in place by European countries are effective and adequate in delivering the objectives of diversity and creativity.
The European Convention on Protection of the Audiovisual Heritage and its Protocol introduce systematic storage of audiovisual works in film archives, where the latest conservation and restoration technology can be used for long-term prevention of deterioration.
European Academic Network on Romani Studies
A new joint action between the Council of Europe and the European Union, aimed at setting up a European Academic Network on Romani Studies, concluded on a programme of a two-year duration (June 2011 – May 2013).
Intercultural cities: governance and policies for diverse communities
Cities involved in the Intercultural cities programme assess their governance models and policies and develop comprehensive strategies for intercultural integration.
Media Against Racism in Sport (MARS)
This joint Coe/EU initiative's overriding objective is to combat racism throughout Europe by providing an open platform for dialogue and action at a local, national and European level.
MEDIANE - Media in Europe for Diversity Inclusiveness
This joint Coe/EU initiative's overriding objective is to consider diversity and non discrimination as ongoing angles of media coverage. To do so, MEDIANE offers the media and their professionals the opportunity of committing themselves to sharing professional practices, either during European or thematic encounters or through European Exchanges.
Shaping perceptions and attitudes to realise the diversity advantage (SPARDA)
This joint Coe/EU initiative seeks to generate evidence to support the postulate that negative perceptions and attitudes towards migrants/diversity are not an inevitability and that cities can put in place successful communication strategies to manage attitudes in a positive way.
The Council of Europe "Cultural Event" (CECEL) label recognises exceptional and innovative cultural and artistic projects, which convey strong messages related to the Council of Europe’s mission and values and address key challenges of the European societies of today.
The Council of Europe series of art exhibitions, since 1954, increases knowledge and appreciation of European art as one of the highest expressions of Europe's culture and common values.
Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes
The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes seeks to reinforce the potential of Cultural Routes for cultural co-operation, sustainable territorial development and social cohesion, with a particular focus on themes of symbolic importance for European unity, history, culture and values and the discovery of less well-known destinations.
Eurimages is the Council of Europe fund for the co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinematographic works.