In January 2012, the European Commission organized a civil society consultation with a view to preparing the first quadrennial report of the European Union (EU) on implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, as the other Parties to the Convention.
Deeming the scope of consultation to be too limited to civil society actions, the European Coalitions for Cultural Diversity drafted an independent contribution on this subject. They first present the actions they have taken to implement the Convention on the European, national, and international levels. They then comment on integrating the “cultural diversity” dimension into European and other policies, stressing the need to fully comply with the Convention by completely excluding audiovisual and cultural services from the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) currently being negotiated between the EU and Canada. They also mention civil society involvement with regard to European policies affecting cultural diversity.
To consult this document, which is currently available in English, please consult the French Coalition for Cultural Diversity website.