The European Ministers of Culture and Media meeting in Angers on 7 and 8 March 2022 by Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, in the framework of the French presidency of the Council of the European Union, approved a declaration on the situation in Ukraine.

Oleksandr Tkachenko, Ukraine’s Minister of Culture and Information Policy, spoke at a video conference where European ministers of culture and media expressed their solidarity with Ukraine and its people.

In particular, they expressed their support for artists, journalists and cultural and media professionals, who, because of Russian military aggression, are now threatened in their freedoms.

In this context, the Ministers affirmed the ambition to foster their reception in conditions that allow them to continue their activity and thus preserve their freedom of expression and artistic creation.

In the face of information manipulation maneuvers and disinformation campaigns, Ministers stressed the essential character of media freedom and pluralism, pillars of the functioning of our democracies.

Finally, noting the threats and serious damage to Ukraine’s rich museum, monumental and urban heritage, they expressed their great concern and commitment to preserving it, in close liaison with international organisations and relevant partners.

The Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, welcomed the unanimity of European ministers to adopt this declaration.

The declaration can be downloaded in pdf here