The Minister of Culture Vasko Simoniti will chair a meeting of ministers of culture, audiovisual affairs and the media in Brussels on 30 November. Agenda of the meeting includes adoptions of the decisions on high-quality architecture and the New European Bauhaus initiative, as well as European audiovisual and media content. Several other discussions and presentations are also on the agenda.
The international conference entitled Increasing the Availability and Competitiveness of European Audiovisual and Media Content significantly contributed to the drafting of proposed conclusions on the audiovisual and media sector, while another international conference, The Right to Heritage as a Catalyst for Sustainable Development, facilitated the policy debate on cultural heritage in the context of sustainable development and the future of Europe. Both conferences were organised by the Ministry of Culture and held in Ljubljana this autumn.
The aim of the proposed measures on high-quality architecture and the New European Bauhaus is that the latter would become a priority cross-cutting topic supported by the European Union, as well as the member states. The European Commission designed the New European Bauhaus to pursue the goals of the European Green Deal through culture, cultural heritage, creativity, research and technical innovations.
The proposed measures on European audiovisual and media content promote the development of solutions for improving the competitiveness, visibility and accessibility of European audiovisual and media content in the European and global markets.
The ministers responsible for culture, the audiovisual sector and media will also hold a policy debate on cultural heritage and heritage right in the context of sustainable development and the future of Europe. They will touch on the status of culture, art and heritage, and in particular the status of female artists, in Afghanistan. The Slovenian Presidency firmly believes that the principles and values related to the right to heritage hold strategic importance for both the future of Europe and the enforcement of these values worldwide. At the invitation of Minister Simoniti, the Secretary-General of Europa Nostra Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović will participate in the debate.
In addition to the abovementioned topics, the ministers will also discuss the recovery of the cultural sector following the COVID-19 pandemic and the establishment of a single point for financing cultural sectors in the 2021–2027 period and hear the presentation of priorities of the upcoming French presidency of the Council of the EU regarding culture.
More information on the agenda of this meeting is available on the Council’s website.