Policy Brief 1: Mediterranean Regions and Multilevel Governance of Culture

posted Jul 6, 2011, 2:33 PM by Plural CentroStudiEuropeo   [ updated Jul 6, 2011, 2:42 PM ]
Regions in the Mediterranean have a long tradition and a rich experience in the field of cultu-re. Despite their sizeable resources, administrative capacity and political competences, their participation in formulating EU cultural policy and strategy is limited. Most Mediterranean Regions focus their activities in the field of culture on cultural events and activities and have cultural strategies as such for their own territories. In international cultural cooperation, the heterogeneity of competences and regional governance systems are serious obstacles to cultural cooperation, especially across the Mediterranean. Nevertheless, there is a huge a-mount of projects and experiences to draw upon and a critical mass of regions with extensive experience in international cultural cooperation exists. Lessons learned from the long tradi-tion of cultural cooperation between European regions could be used in North - South Medi-terranean cultural cooperation. Transnational projects are, however, often not subject to se-rious evaluation or impact assessment and therefore lessons are not sufficiently drawn from the experiences. Until now, networks of regional authorities are mainly of a generalist nature, have weak technical and lobbying capacities, and focus on declaratory activities and attrac-ting funds from States or international organizations.
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Jul 6, 2011, 2:46 PM