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At a forum on European cultural policy, and the contribution of culture and creativity to economic growth, many were suprised when the public debate revolved around the public funding of the arts; a telltale sign that the current engagement of the EU with culture does not mean the arts sector can lower its guard and will have to continue defending the specificity of the arts.
European Union musicians may earn royalties for 95 years as in the U.S., up from 50 years, under a plan to avoid cutting off income for artists as they retire.
It is not acceptable that the UNESCO convention has been poorly implemented in EU legislation up to now.
Designed to stimulate academic and applied cultural policy research and to explore, through comparative cross-national research, issues at stake in contemporary Europe, and possibly anticipate new culturalpolicy orientations, the CPRA has also the ambition to contribute to the process of creating an"infrastructure", a network of scholars who are competent in doing comparative research projects incultural policy.
The Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) has launched a programme to contribute to the development and restructuring of the cultural sector in the ACP member states.Programme d’appui aux industries culturelles des pays ACP
European Commissioner Ján Figel' announced the launch of a study on the role of culture, and the EU's cultural industries, in promoting and stimulating creativity, innovation and growth in the EU.