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The White Paper on the cultural policies of local and regional authorities in Europe
Since the autumn of 2004, when we published our «Green Paper on the cultural policies of local and regional authorities in Europe», the European cultural sector has clearly been stimulated by an increasing involvement from local, intermediate and regional authorities in Europe. Furthermore, new perspectives which acknowledge the essential role of culture have arisen thanks to the works of the Commission -especially through the European Agenda for Culture-, those of the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions, as well as those from artistic or cultural networks and civil society organisations.
In this context, our association, bearing the aspirations and experiences of local and regional elected leaders and professionals in charge of culture, has decided to write out a White Paper which will present reflections and proposals on the field of cultural policies for the coming years. This is the reason why since 2007 a certain number of working meetings on the White Paper have been organised in the shape of our conferences (Sibiu, Paris, Luxembourg, Malmö, Liverpool, Mons and Rome) during which the structure of the White Paper was approved, as well as the method for the writing phase.
The focus of the "Rencontre de Clichy-la-Garenne" was the finalisation of the writing stage.
Who could participate in the writing of
the White Paper?
For example, if one participant was interested in « culture and education », which was one of the 14 themes at this stage, the participant was invited to ask himself : What must be the role of local and regional authorities in relation to culture and education? How are elected leaders, citizens, artists and other stakeholders suchs as teachers concerned with this matter?
We were seeking to establish new perspectives or to reinforce policies which have proven effective.
The articles of the first section were :
The order of the presentations of these articles does not imply a hierarchy between them. Additionally, we proposed the section « other » in case a participant considered that his/her contribution did not exactly match the article themes listed above. In that event, he/she had to give a precise title to his/her contribution.
For this section of the White Paper, they could share their ideas :
For the practical
section, contributors were invited to submit proposals of « best practices
» carried out by local or regional authorities in one or several of the themes
defined for the first section. For instance, how a Region conceived and
executed an exemplary inclusive cultural programme, linking culture and
Once the dead-line for submissions was reached, the editing team prepared a "collection of contributions" which was sent to all the participants registered to our meeting in Cologne.
At La Rencontre de Cologne, which comprised two half-day sessions dedicated to this project (5-7 March 2009), Davor Buinjac, Advisor on cultural policies at the City of Ljubljana, presented a preliminary framework in order to facilitate the debates for each topic. Rafael Mandujano made a summary of the contributions received for each topic. The debates were rich and encouraging. Two participants presented their best practices to the audience and the other experiences were touched upon.
At La Rencontre de Clichy-la-Garenne, the proposal was discussed in depth. Click here for more information.
All of the elements gathered during the last months will be taken into account for the draft of the White Paper.
Professor Charles Ricq, University of Geneva, had joined the editing team and will be helping us with this important task.
The selected experiences will be developed afterwards in greater detail and presented in the practical section of the White Paper, while the others will be published at our website.