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Culture and European Union Law$
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Rachael Craufurd Smith

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199275472

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275472.001.0001

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Preserving and Promoting Differences? The External Dimension of Cultural Cooperation

Preserving and Promoting Differences? The External Dimension of Cultural Cooperation

(p.326) (p.327) 11 Preserving and Promoting Differences? The External Dimension of Cultural Cooperation
Culture and European Union Law

Joseph A. McMahon

Oxford University Press

Because Europe is not without a rich diversity of cultures and varied traditions, cultural cooperation — which may be exhibited through various partnership endeavours of the community with public authorities — is an integral element in maintaining both diversity and cohesion within Europe. Such cooperation is seen across five different areas: media, cultural action, education, the preservation and development of cultural heritage, and youth participation. A Declaration composed not just by the then 12 Member States but also by Sweden, Finland, and Austria, who were to become future members, asserts that the states should be able to facilitate the preservation of minorities' traditions, customs, and religion while developing their culture. This chapter acknowledges how the 1954 European Cultural Convention contributed greatly to cultural cooperation through examining its five major aspects: 1) reconciliation; 2) mutual recognition; 3) establishment of common terminology; 4) a shared approach in coming up with solutions; and 5) joint action.

Keywords:   diversity, cultures, traditions, cultural cooperation, cultural heritage, minorities, 1954 European Cultural Convention

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