Commissioner Navracsics in #Finland to discuss links between #Culture and #Democracy

| July 9, 2019

Today (9 July), Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics (pictured) will be in Helsinki to attend the Finnish Presidency Conference on Creative Transformations – Culture for Democratic and Sustainable Europe. 

Discussions will focus on the role of culture and creativity in strengthening democracy, sustainable development and values across European societies. The Commissioner will open the first session entitled ‘Opening and Orientation: Future of the European Union with Culture and Creativity’ alongside Finnish Science and Culture Minister Annika Saarikko and Croatian Culture Minister Nina Obujljen-Korzinek. Most participants will be culture policy officials from national governments and international organisations like UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the OECD.

Ahead of the event, Commissioner Navracsics said: “I support the Finnish Presidency’s intention to focus on culture’s contribution to sustainability and democracy – this is fully in line with the new European Agenda for Culture which I presented last year. Today’s conference is also one of the tangible results of the Council Work Plan for Culture 2019-2022 that sets our priorities for European cooperation in culture policy-making.”

The European Commission is currently working with the Council of the EU on a contribution for UNESCO analysing the links between EU actions on culture and the Sustainable Development Goals. This work will feed into UNESCO’s Forum of Ministers in November. The Commission is also cooperating with the OECD on the second edition of a project that looks at how best to foster and assess creativity and critical thinking in education. Known as the CREASSESS project (assessing creative and critical thinking skills at school), it is set to be launched during the Finnish EU Presidency.

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