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Programme

European Economic and Social Committee
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Meeting room JDE 51
99 rue Belliard, 1040 Brussels

Chair for the hearing: Carlos Manuel Trindade President of the REX/480 Study Group

9.45 a.m. – 10.00 a.m.   Introductory Remarks by Luca Jahier, rapporteur of EESC Opinion REX/480

10.00 am - 10.30 am SESSION I - "Perspectives from the European Parliament"

  • Silvia Costa, Member of the European Parliament, Own initiative report co-rapporteur for 2016/2240(INI) Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations
  • Elmar Brok, Member of the European Parliament, Own initiative report co-rapporteur for 2016/2240(INI) Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations

10.30 a.m. - 10.45 a.m.    Coffee break

10.45 a.m. – 11.15 a.m.    SESSION II - "The role of institutions in international cultural relations"

Speakers:

  • Francesc Pla Castelltortort, Administrator, Division of Culture and Cultural Heritage, Directorate of Democratic Governance, Council of Europe
  • Paolo Fontani, Director of the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels and UNESCO Representative to the European Institution, UNESCO
  • Andrew Murray, Director of EUNIC, the European Union National Institutes for Culture
  • Apostolos Tzitzikostas, rapporteur of the Committee of the Regions  Opinion 'Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations'

 Debate

11.30 a.m. - 12.45 p.m.     SESSION III – "Perspectives from civil society in international cultural relations"

Speakers:

  • Jordi Pascual, Coordinator, Agenda 21 for culture, UCLG
  • Mercedes Giovinazzo, Director of Interarts
  • Katherine Heid, Head of Political Development at Culture Action Europe
  • Ferdinand Richard, President of the Robert Cimetta Fund

Debate

12.45 p.m. – 1 p.m.    Closing remarks by Luca Jahier