Children and young people’s creativity vital for Europe's future culture of innovation

01.12.09
The second day of the Education, Youth and Culture Council meeting addressed culture and youth issues. The ministers debated the digitisation of cultural content in Europe, in particular books. They also adopted conclusions on the importance of culture for developing children and young people’s creativity and on media literacy in the EU. The Council also decided on a framework with new common objectives and priorities for youth policy cooperation in the EU from 2010 (© text and photo: se2009.eu).
Children and young people’s creativity vital for Europe's future culture of innovation

Digitisation of books in Europe
The ministers held a long debate on the digitisation of cultural content in Europe, in particular books, against the backdrop of the agreement in the USA on Google Books (a service from Google that searches through the complete text of books that Google has scanned). The questions that formed the basis for the discussion addressed what the Member States and the EU can do to promote digitisation and how more material can be made available for free via the European digital library 'Europeana'. Almost all Member States called for a European strategy and common guidelines for the digitisation of cultural content in Europe. France proposed that a group of experts should be established to continue the work on the issue. A number of Member States also stressed the need for a balance between access and copyright.

There was strong support from the Member States for the ‘Europeana’ project. All the Member States were agreed that the project must be funded, at least partly, by the Union in solidarity.

Culture for children and young people
The ministers adopted conclusions on the importance of culture for developing children and young people’s creativity. The aim is to promote the inclusion of children and young people as an important part of future EU strategies within the field of culture and media.

”I am pleased that the Member States have given their unanimous support to the Council conclusions on children and young people’s creativity. My hope is that the work during the Swedish Presidency will lead to the long-term strengthening of children and young people’s participation in culture and opportunities to be creative. In this work, it is important, not least, that different cultural institution work together within a number of areas”, says Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn-Liljeroth.

The Council conclusions emphasise the importance of integrating the perspective of children and young people in national and European culture strategies, the responsibility of cultural institutions (such as museums and theatres) to interact with children and young people, and the importance of using new technology to reach out to children and young people.

”Strengthening children and young people’s creativity is vital for the future culture of innovation in Europe”, concludes Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn-Liljeroth.

Youth policy cooperation in the EU
The ministers decided on a framework with new common objectives and priorities for youth policy cooperation in the EU from 2010. This decision is based on the Member States’ assessments of current cooperation, the Commission’s proposal and consultation with young people. The aim of the new framework is to promote better and more equal opportunities for young people to participate in education, on the labour market and in society. This is not only important for young people’s development as individuals, but also for sustainable development and growth in Europe.

European Year of Volunteering 2011
The ministers decided to designate 2011 as the European Year of Volunteering. The aim of the year is to raise the profile of, encourage and support efforts across Europe to create good conditions for voluntary work.

Media literacy
The Council adopted conclusions on media literacy in the digital environment. The conclusions are a response to a recommendation from the Commission, which is based on the need for society to meet the rapid media development in order to be able to make use of the opportunities presented by technological developments and media development in general for citizens and society. Therefore it is important to improve citizens’ media literacy.

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