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Education and Culture In The EU. Open Method Coordination. Lecture by Mr.Jan Truszczynski

On March 29, 2017 Mr. Jan Truszczynski, ex-Director General for Education and Culture, European Commission (currently- expert of the EU-funded “Association4U” project) held a workshop “Education and Culture in the EU” for senior officials from the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. The meeting was moderated by the senior training fellow Ms.Svitlana Batsyukova.

Mr. Jan Truszczynski told about the application of open method of coordination in education and culture policy fields. This covers exchange of best practices, peer review, benchmarking, spread of good practices etc.

This method is a multilateral platform for cooperation within the EU. Firstly, since 2007, it has started with the European Agenda for Culture, followed by successive Work Plans for Culture that have been approved by the European Commission. Work plans fix actions by the EU member states, specific themes (e.g. accessible/ inclusive culture, cultural heritage, creative economy and innovation, promotion of cultural, contribution of culture to social inclusion), outputs, timelines. Main operating units of the new method are “Working groups” that serve to exchange good practices, produce toolkits, studies and recommendations.


Mr.Truszczynski elaborated on the EU-funded programme “Creative Europe” that has come into force since 2014. The programme will be in operation till 2020. Creative Europe is a large scale EU-funded programme that aims at supporting cultural and creative sectors. Ukraine as a neighborhood country, joint Creative Europe in 2015. Within Ukraine’s participation in Creative Europe, cultural, media and creative organisations can collaborate with European partners and access funding to conduct cultural cooperation projects.

According to Mr. Jan Truszczynski, “We are helping creators and distributors of culture to work together rather than encouraging the prosperity of the bureaucracy”.

Thus, he defined the goals of Creative Europe as follows: promotion of transnational circulation of artists, improving access to culture, fostering cultural policy development, supporting capacity of cultural organisations to operate internationally, fostering new business models etc. This should be achieved through transnational cooperation projects, European networks and platforms, and special actions (e.g. festivals, conferences).