More significant role of smaller cultural institutes within the EU discussed in Vilnius


2018 10 01


Vice Minister of Culture Gintautė Žemaitytė, participating in a meeting held by the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) and Lithuanian Culture Institute in Vilnius during the first days on October, encouraged its participants to discuss how smaller countries and their cultural institutes should tackle common challenges and explore new opportunities for strengthening their role in the EU’s external relations.

‘Cooperation between the cultural institutes of the member states of the European Union is undoubtedly beneficial. Cultural institutes with fewer financial and human resources should cooperate with each other particularly effectively so that their voices are heard and the culture of their countries is presented properly and as widely as possible. Speaking with one voice, smaller countries and their cultural institutes will be able to become more involved in the process of developing and implementing the European Union’s strategy for international cultural relations’, said Vice-Minister of Culture.

According to Ms Žemaitytė, cultural issues must become an important part of every state’s domestic and foreign policy.

On 1–2 October at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Vilnius, the EUNIC members from 12 countries that have smaller branch networks or fewer resources are discussing the opportunities to get involved in shaping the European Union’s international cultural relations strategy and looking for ways to strengthen their position within the EUNIC network.