Thursday, March 22, 2007

A Tired European Union Parties, But Reaffirms Its New Iron Curtain By Not Funding Cultural Cooperation Programs With Non-Balkan or Turkic New Nations

European Union "Culture 2007" Programme

"The Commission has proposed a single financing and programming instrument for cultural cooperation, entitled the "Culture 2007 programme", for the period from 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2013. The Commission's initial proposal provides for a budget of EUR 408 million in order to develop transnational cultural cooperation between operators from the countries of the enlarged European Union participating in the programme. It proposes to support cultural cooperation actions, European organisations active in the field of culture and the dissemination of information, analyses and activities to promote culture. This new instrument follows on from the Culture 2000 framework programme, which covered the period 2000-2006. It is more complete, more open and more user-friendly.


Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 14.07.2004, establishing the Culture 2007 programme (2007-2013).


Following the example of previous cultural programmes, the general objective of the programme is to enhance the cultural area common to Europeans, with a view to encouraging the emergence of European citizenship.

The Commission nevertheless intends to correct a number of shortcomings in previous programmes, which were revealed in a wide-ranging forward thinking exercise .

The number of objectives, which was considered too high in the Culture 2000 programme given the limited financial resources available to it, is now reduced to three.

Support for the " European Capitals of Culture " is increased.

The programme also distances itself from the sectoral approach, which does not adequately support multidisciplinary objectives or new forms of cultural expression.

Finally, certain types of actions supported, such as discussions on the challenges of and resources for cultural cooperation, will receive increased support under the new programme.

Three objectives

The programme has three central objectives with a significant European added value:

supporting the transnational mobility of professionals in the cultural sector;

encouraging the circulation of works of art and artistic and cultural products beyond national borders;

promoting intercultural dialogue based on equality of cultures.

To receive Community support, the projects chosen will have to meet one or more of these objectives. ...

Cooperation with third countries

The programme is open to the participation of:

the countries of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein);

candidate countries benefiting from a pre-accession strategy, such as Turkey, Croatia and later the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM);

the countries of the Western Balkans.

The programme is also open to cooperation with other third countries which have concluded bilateral agreements with the EU which include cultural clauses."


Excluded in this cultural cooperation program are cultural activities wiwith the new European Nations east of the New Iron Curtain: in particular Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, the Russian Federation, Georgia, and Armenia.

SAINT VOLODYMYR'S CATHEDRAL, Kyiv, Ukraine, Future European Union.

[Click on image for enlargement, and to see European Union stars and blue background.]

"Located on Boulevard Tarasa Shevchenka, St. Volodoymyr's Cathedral was originally designed by Ivan Strom and the building was begun by Alexander Beretti and Paul Sparro and completed by Vladimir Nikolayev. The construction and interior decorations took more than 30 years (1862-96). This seven dome three-aisled church resembles the buildings of old Ukraine only slightly. Its walls are loaded with ornamental details. The interior is decorated in the style of Prince Volodoymyr's period. The interior completed by a team of outstanding artists accomplished the work in eleven years. The main facade is decorated with a double door made of oxidized bronze with enamel, carving and openwork tracery. On the sides of the door are figures of Princess Olga and Prince Volodoymyr made of embossed bronze and portrayed against a blue enamel background.

Inside the cathedral, the feeling is grand and spacious, light and richly painted, with splendid bronze ornaments, white marble walls and a marble floor. Most of the painting inside the cathedral was done by Victor Vasnetsov (1848-1926), whose work is closely associated with Kyiv. He painted the entire central nave of the cathedral. His most outstanding masterpieces are a hugh figure of the mother of God with an infant; Jesus Christ on the main cupola, the Evangelists on four sides beneath the cupola; and the scene of the Last Judgment over the western entrance. He is also the painter of such magnificent historical murals as "The Baptism of the Kievans" and "The Baptism of Prince Vladimir".

After 1890 another outstanding artist, Mikhail Nesterov (1862-1942), took part in the painting of the cathedral, mainly contributing large compositions in the chair gallery and icons for the altar screen of the north and south chapels.

Despite the eclecticism felt in all the cathedral's decoration, this memorial is one of the more significant and characteristic examples of monumental art of the second half and end of the nineteenth century."

Source: adapted from Kyiv Architectural Landmarks and Art Museums - Aurora Publishers 1987


Once the European Union rests from this Weekend's Anniversary partying, it [as well as the politicians of Ukraine and the other new Eastern European nations] will have to reconsider the issue of the new Iron Curtain bisecting Eastern Europe.

Photo credit: (c) With thanks.


For more on this weekend's parties and musical celebrations for the 50th Anniversary of the European Union -- the world's only remaining Cultural Superpower, at present -- see Bob Shingleton's blog On An Overgrown Path.


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