Author: Demna Dimitrova
From July 1, 2022, the Czech Republic has taken on the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU for the second time since the country joined the EU. In the first half of the year, the president country was France (you can read more about the priority of its presidency in the first text of the year from the rubrics #culturalpolicies, available here.)
The stated priorities are set until the end of December and are related to the war in Ukraine; managing the refugee crisis and Ukraine’s post-war recovery; energy security; strengthening Europe’s defense capabilities and cyber security; the strategic sustainability of the European economy; the sustainability of democratic institutions.
In this particularly turbulent context, including internal politics for the Czech Republic, public attention to cultural priorities during the country’s presidency is much more limited. Traditionally, the six-month headship of the Council of the EU is accompanied by numerous events in the respective member country and in Brussels. In the Czech Republic’s program, this includes 14 official and over a hundred artistic events that will take place in 45 cities.
Photos: Official Flick account of the Czech presidency of the Council of the European Union, from the official opening of the presidency, as well as from the installation The Flower Union and from the exhibition Power(less), which will be held until November 6 at the DOX Center for Contemporary Art in Prague.
#culturalpolicies is a collaborative project between A25 Cultural Foundation and the Informational Portal for NGOs in Bulgaria. Its goal is to shed light on key decisions, processes, and policies from Bulgaria and around the world, important not only to the professionals in the sector, but also necessary for the well-being of all of us as citizens.
In 2022 the rubrics #culturalpolicies is implemented under the “A25/22” project, financed by the “One-Year Grant 2021” program of the National Culture Fund, Bulgaria.