Considering the importance of culture in the development of European citizenship, the adoption of a promising Agenda for Culture in Europe and recent thematic European Years with a strong focus on culture (Intercultural dialogue and Creativity and innovation) it is important that the Culture Programme remains a strong programme after 2013 and that its budget allows it to achieve ambitious objectives.
Among the list of key objectives proposed in the consultation, EUROCITIES would particularly like to stress the importance of:
the promotion of urban and regional development through culture
a better equipped framework for creative industries, culture and the arts
intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity
access to culture