Implementing the UNESCO Convention of 2005 in the European Union
01/01/2009 - 01/05/2009
Has been finalized

This overall study, requested by the European Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education (IP/B/CULT/IC/2009_057) provides a summary of the state of implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions of 2005. Focusing on fields in which the EU is expected to provide leadership or coordination, it is intended to provide ideas and long-term guidance on implementing the Convention. For that purpose, it analyses the obligations set out by this treaty. It assesses various practices in implementing the UNESCO Convention from a legal and practical viewpoint, and identifies challenges and measures to help achieve the objectives of this instrument.
The research specifically on Protocols on Cultural Cooperation addresses the implementation of the UNESCO Convention in the EU’s external (trade) relations. Firstly, the policy context is set out that requires the EU to make culture in international relations a priority by means of the development of a European strategy of incorporating culture in its external relations. The section includes a concise discussion on the interinstitutional dialectics between the EU, the WTO and the UNESCO Convention, in the latter’s beginning phases of implementation. Secondly, an analysis is provided with regard to the new practice of negotiating Protocols on Cultural Cooperation with third countries. These Protocols are the first policy frameworks in which several provisions of the UNESCO Convention are implemented and the external and trade related dimension of the new European strategy is addressed. Finally, an overview of Strengths and Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats is given and a number of recommendations is drawn up with regard to the implementation of the Convention in external (trade) relations.

Partners: Germann Avocats & Multidisciplinary Research Team