Work Plan for Culture 2019-2022

Unión Europea
Council of the European Union, European Commission, EU Member States
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
EU Member States define their priorities for cultural policy making at EU level in multi-annual Work Plans for Culture adopted through conclusions of the Council of the European Union. Two Work Plans were in place during the period covered by this report. This section describes the 2019-22 Work Plan for Culture, published here:, and its amendment in 2020 available here: The 2019-2022 Work Plan for Culture defines six priority areas (A-F) for action (originally five, to which a sixth – sustainable development - was proposed in a Council Resolution of November 2019 and formally added in May 2020 A) Sustainability in Cultural Heritage B) Cohesion and well-being C) An ecosystem supporting artists, cultural and creative professionals and European content D) Gender equality E) International cultural relations F) Cultural dimension of sustainable development In addition, digitalisation and cultural statistics remain important cross-sectorial issues for the Work Plan.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Outputs during reporting period (ie 2019-21), listed by Work Plan for Culture priorities: For each priority, the Work Plan identified a number of topics and related actions, as a dynamic rolling agenda. There are 18 topics in total, with actions defined for EU Member States, the Commission, the Presidency of the Council or another interested Member State. The topics most relevant to the UNESCO 2005 Convention are the following (listed under each WP Priority) B) Cohesion and well-being: Social cohesion, Understanding digital audiences, Young creative generations, Citizenship, values and democracy. C) An ecosystem supporting artists, cultural and creative professionals and European content: Status and working conditions of artists, artistic freedom, audiovisual coproductions, music, multilingualism and translation, financing and innovation. D) Gender equality: gender equality. E) International cultural relations: strategic approach F) Cultural as a driver for sustainable development: cultural dimension of sustainable development. There are 7 main working methods, under which there are 27 activities planned from 2019-2022 as follows: Open Method of Coordination (OMC) working groups (8 groups in total), Conferences (10) Peer-learning projects (2, combined into 1) Studies (3) Workshops (5, combined into 3) Stock-taking seminars (2, combined into 1) Expert group (1). Following the dynamic agenda established by the Work Plan, with technical work preceding (e.g. studies, workshops), the Council adopted conclusions in the following fields: - Young creative generations, adopted in May 2019, under the Romanian Presidency - Improving the cross-border circulation of European audiovisual works, adopted in May 2019, under the Romanian Presidency EUR-Lex - 52019XG0607(02) - EN - EUR-Lex ( - EU strategic approach on international cultural relations, adopted in April 2019 by the General Affairs Council, under the Romanian Presidency pdf9 ( The implementation of the Work Plan actions, under different priorities, further informed the work of the Council in the following fields: - Council resolution on the cultural dimension of sustainable development, adopted in November 2019, under the Finnish Presidency EUR-Lex - 42019Y1206(01) - EN - EUR-Lex ( - Council conclusions on risk management in the area of cultural heritage, adopted in May 2020, under the Croatian Presidency - Council conclusions amending the Work Plan for Culture (2019-2022), adopted in May 2020, under the Croatian Presidency - Council conclusions on media literacy in an ever-changing world, adopted in May 2020, under the Croatian Presidency - Council conclusions on safeguarding a free and pluralistic media system, adopted in November 2020, under the German Presidency pdf ( - Council conclusions on the recovery, resilience and sustainability of the cultural and creative sectors, adopted in May 2021, under the Portuguese Presidency st08768-en21.pdf ( - Council conclusions on Europe’s media in the digital decade: An action plan to support recovery and transformation, adopted in May 2021, under the Portuguese Presidency st08727-en21.pdf (
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
EU Member States, European Commission
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 
The Commission prepared a mid-term evaluation of the 2019-2022 Work Plan for Culture for the Council Cultural Affairs Committee in March 2021. This recognized the significant and successful efforts to transfer Work Plan activities online in light of physical and travel restrictions resulting from Covid-19, and that while discussions on the next Work Plan for Culture are yet to begin, the recovery and resilience of the cultural and creative sectors should be prioritized.