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European Expert Network on Culture

place: EU
European Commission has created the European expert network for culture (EETS), which held on 11 April in Brussels the first meeting with the representatives of the Directorate for Education, Arts and Culture. EETS is consisted of 18 experts on various issues of cultural policy, cultural management and cultural development; among them are representatives for South East Europe - from Croatia Aleksandra Uzelac, Vesna Copic from Slovenia and Milena Dragicevic Sesic from Serbia.

The Network will support the Commission in the analysis of culture policies and their implications at national, regional and European levels.

The European Commission has set up a European Expert Network on Culture (EENC) to get advice and support in its policy development. Following an open call of tender, it has decided to entrust the Network to a consortium led by Interarts and Culture Action Europe.

Aims and objectives of the EENC
The general objective of the project is to contribute to the improvement of policy development in Europe, through the setting-up of an effective network of leading European experts on culture which will advise and support the European Commission in the analysis of cultural policies and their implications at national, regional and European levels.

The specific tasks of the project include the following:
Task 1: Guidance and advice on ad-hoc questions To provide clear, concrete and constructive guidance and advice to the European Commission on topics relevant to the development of cultural policies in the EU, by responding to approximately 30 ad-hoc questions formulated by the Commission.

Task 2:  Analytical reports and/or studies
To enhance the European Commission’s knowledge-base on specific subjects and support the preparation of important initiatives and policy cooperation activities, by preparing 8 short analytical reports or 4 longer studies on the basis of demands presented by the Commission.

Task 3:  Mapping of experts and organisations
To map experts and organisations from both Europe and other regions active in the policy areas under the remit of the EENC, through a qualitative inventory that will be updated quarterly.

Task 4:  EENC website
To disseminate information on the activities of the EENC and other data of interest in the field of cultural policy research (publications, events, news), through a specific website which will be regularly updated.

(D.H., 21.04.2011)