Regional Monitoring and Capacity Building Unit (RMCB Unit) for the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme
Title: Regional monitoring and capacity building unit for the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme
Commissioned by: European Union
Partner: HYDEA (Italy); RWTH Aachen University (Germany)
Overall term: 2010 to 2014
The European Union and the countries of its Eastern Partnership recently agreed to establish a common cultural programme. The Eastern Partnership Culture Programme will strengthen the capacity of the cultural sector in the region and enhance the role of culture as a force for reform, while encouraging tolerance and social cohesion.
Civil society organisations, both commercial and non-profit, as well as government institutions at the national and local levels are conducting cultural exchanges that bring all the countries involved in the programme into cooperation. This includes all aspects of culture, such as cinema and the audiovisual arts, contemporary art, tangible and intangible heritage, and heritage conservation projects.
The project is working to enhance cultural linkages and dialogue within the Eastern Partnership region and between the EU and countries of the Partnership. It supports policy reforms and the modernisation of the cultural sector in the region in order to promote the role of culture in national agendas for development. The initiatives supported by the project should have a regional impact on sustainable economic and social development, democratisation, and the intercultural dialogue.
The project focuses on four main areas of work:
- strengthening the institutions active in the fields of culture and cultural heritage, through a number of activities and capacity building measures
- support for the tendering process organised by the EU, which will call for proposals related to the cultural activities of the Eastern Partnership
- advice for projects that are selected through the tender process, including monitoring activities and the strengthening of networks
- awareness raising activities to promote the regional cultural programme, including the sharing of relevant information and good practices, and news about achievements and challenges.
The project team began its work in April 2011 and has now established a good relationship with all the ministries of culture and foreign affairs in the respective countries. This followed an introductory meeting in Tbilisi hostsed by the European Commission, which paved the way for the successful start.