1 . The Europe of culture embodies the values of democracy in all the nations of the European Union.
2. The Europe of culture contributes to the affirmation of the European identity in all its diversity and for
the vitality of the arts and languages that make them rich.
3. The Europe of culture guarantees the absolute freedom of creation through all its components and manifestations.
4. The Europe of Culture promotes access for all without distinction of sex, age, origin, health or
social condition, works of the spirit, expressions of art, the heritage of material and intangible heritage.
5. The Europe of Culture preserves the legitimate right of creators and authors to fair compensation and guarantees it by
all appropriate measures against threats of piracy, counterfeiting, theft and misuse to which they
could be exposed.
6. The Europe of Culture promotes the circulation and exhibition of works, both within the European Union and beyond
of its borders and ensures the legal and financial respect of the action of the various cultural actors who organize it
and value it.
7. The Europe of Culture establishes the right rules of governance for the economy of the art market and industries
in a spirit of complete transparency. It participates in the development of innovations involving
public authorities and private initiatives to ensure their harmonious development free from any monopoly
8. The Europe of Culture is responding to the technological, financial and legal challenges brought about by the digital revolution to
the gathering and transmission of works as for the development of new forms of expression
9. Europe of Culture calls for stronger curricula, pedagogies and mediations for
arts education and training for creators.
10. The Europe of Culture, stressing that creation, art and beauty are an investment of the future
The European Union welcomes the
to consolidate the budgets of the culture and media programmes to meet the needs and expectations
of Europeans.

The European Commissioner and 22 European Union ministers support this Decalogue initiative to
Europe of Culture” and co-sign this text:
Androulla Vassilliou, European Commissioner for Culture, Media, Education, Youth and Sport.
Mr Bernd Neumann, Federal Minister for Culture and Media of Germany
Ms Claudia Schmied, Federal Minister for Education, Arts and Culture of Austria
Mrs Fadila Laanan, Minister for Audiovisual Culture, Health and Equal Opportunities of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation
Mr Vezhdi Rashidov Minister of Culture of Bulgaria
Mr Georges Demosthenous, Minister of Education and Culture of Cyprus
Mr Jose Maria Lassalle Ruiz, Secretary of State for Culture of Spain
Mr Rain Lang, Minister of Culture of Estonia
Mr Paavo Arhinmäki, Minister for Culture and Sport of Finland
Mr Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication of France
Mr Pavlos Yeroulanos, Minister of Culture and Tourism of Greece
Mr Geza Szöcs, Minister for Culture of Hungary
Mr Jimmy Deenihan, Minister of Arts and Heritage of Ireland
Mr Lorenzo Ornaghi, Minister of Activities and Cultural Heritage of Italy
Mrs Zaneta Jaunzeme-Grende, Minister of Culture of Latvia
Mr Arunas Gelunas, Minister of Culture of Lithuania
Mrs Octavie Modert, Minister of Culture of Luxembourg
Mr Mario de Marco, State Secretary for Culture, Tourism and the Environment of Malta
Mr Francisco José Viegas, State Secretary for Culture of Portugal
Mrs Alena Hanakova, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic
Mr Hunor Kelemen, Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Romania
Judith Wilcox (Baroness), State Secretary, Ministry of Enterprise, Innovation and Skills
United Kingdom
Mr Bogdan Zeks, Minister of Culture of Slovenia