Minister of Culture and National Identity Valer-Daniel Breaz presided yesterday, 23 May 2019, over the Brussels Education, Youth, Culture and Sports section, where two sets of recommendations were adopted for supporting youth creativity and for supporting European co-productions.
The Council also discussed possible new EU level measures for countering disinformation and regaining the EU citizens’ trust in mass media communications.
“The future of Europe depends on Europe’s youth. But are the new generations prepared for the future? We must do more than offer education and training. We need to improve their creative potential and critical thinking. Young people and children should have more access to culture and should be encouraged to participate in cultural activities, so that they should be able to better cope with future challenges. In the long run, this action will stimulate cultural and creative sectors and will have a positive impact on the economy,” declared Minister of Culture and National Identity Valer-Daniel Breaz.
Additionally, the ministers adopted conclusions regarding the cross-border circulation of European audio-visual works, in particular co-productions. The conclusions admit that Europe’s cultural and linguistic diversity is an important asset for the European audio-visual sector.
In yesterday’s Brussels Council, the Presidency also informed on the results of the meeting of the ministers of culture and European affairs, held in Paris on 3 May 2019, just before the Notre-Dame de Paris fire. During the meeting, which was conducted by France and the Romanian Presidency, ministers expressed their commitment to create a European cultural heritage expertise network that would offer advice and support upon request, should a member state require it.