Economic and social potential of the cultural sector stressed at Culture Council Meeting
The Council Meeting today in Brussels, chaired by Jimmy Deenihan TD, examined aspects of culture in detail debating the use of culture as a soft policy option in EU external relations.
Last year, Culture ministries worked together with their colleagues from Foreign Affairs ministries and with the Commission on a strategy regarding cultural relations between the EU and China. This expert group delivered a report which pointed to recommendations for the exploitation of this work.
Today’s council meeting considered how to act on those recommendations, whether a strategic EU approach in this area could be pursued.
From a domestic point of view, Minister Deenihan spoke about his recent visit to China and how arising from it, there are a number of opportunities to deepen the artistic and cultural exchanges between Ireland and China, with a view to also enhancing commercial and trade opportunities between the two countries.
Minister Deenihan also spoke about how the emphasis of the Irish Presidency is on the enhancement of the economic and social potential of the cultural sector.