Last Tuesday, President-elect of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen announced the appointment of the commissioners and their portfolios of her cabinetgovernment. A striking change is the omission of the word ‘Culture’ in one of the commissioners’ titles. Culture Action Europe (CAE) is deeply concerned with the downgrading of the position of culture and has launched a petition to bring back the field in the title.
Culture is grouped together with youth, research, innovation, sport and education in the portfolio of Ms Gabriel. Her title reads “Commissioner For Innovation and Youth”. However, CAE believes this title does not reflect the importance and appropriate level of recognition for Culture as part of her portfolio.
“Culture is a distinct and vast component of European unity, which is essential for building a shared prosperous future for all European citizens. The tremendous role of culture in European integration has been consistently recognised by European institutions in the past few years, creating an unprecedented opportunity to seize its potential for building a strong and united European community. “