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Rebuilding Europe with Culture – Where do we stand? – Online Conference – 8th December

December 8, 2021

Key Decision-Makers from the EU and Member States gather today to call for ambitious policies and financial support for CCIs, in a high-level conference titled “Rebuilding Europe with Culture – Where do we stand?”

Held under the auspices of electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre, the online event features the European Parliament President David Sassoli, European Commissioners Thierry Breton and Mariya Gabriel, Ministers from the current Slovenian and the forthcoming French Presidencies, Greek and Croatian Ministers, as well as MEPs Christian Ehler, Dace Melbarde, Iban Garcia del Blanco, Sabine Verheyen, and the Mayor of Warsaw, Rafal Trzaskowski. They are joined by experts from the cultural sector for this online gathering today, to exchange views and give their support for the “Rebuilding Europe with Culture” initiative.

Electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre said: “Crisis hit the cultural sector the hardest. Immediate and targeted support is critical for the sector, as it impacts all from most established artist to emerging talent. Pandemic accelerated digital transformation, while showing that our policy framework is not totally ready for it. To ensure prominence of European content and European values in digital market of today and metaverse of tomorrow, Europe needs to lead in setting the rules and principles for fairness, transparency and accountability.

Gernot Graninger, the President of GESAC said: “The participation of high level European, national, and local decision-makers today and the huge support we have received for our parallel online campaign illustrate the general understanding that with targeted support and the necessary policy actions to revive cultural sector, we can rebuild Europe together. We’ll continue as GESAC to follow up on the implementation of recovery budgets, coordinated reopening of live events, transposition of the Copyright Directive and adoption of a more meaningful and more ambitious framework in DSA than what is currently on the table with this objective in mind.

The event will focus on the Reopening of cultural venues and businesses, the Recovery of the sector and the Rebalancing of the digital market, at a time when EU legislators are working on critical files to bring more fairness to digital single market and the Member States are starting to implement their national recovery plans, while struggling with the new waves of the pandemic.

This high-level conference will exchange information and share views about the progress made so far for the recovery of cultural sector, report on the situation on the ground and present a vision for the future. It will also allow to follow-up on whether culture gets what it deserves from this historic recovery budget and if the economic and political promises so far have been translated into action.

The event is organised by GESAC (, in cooperation with MEP Christian Ehler and Federation of European Book Publishers (FEP).

Date: 8 December 2021
Time: 1pm – 3pm GMT
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