Pursuant to Article 151(4) EC, when exercising its competences under the various policy areas within its purview, the European Community must heed the cultural repercussions of its activities, so as to refrain from jeopardising the preservation and further enhancement of Member States’ cultural diversity. Evaluating the degree of accommodation, or lack thereof, of cultural considerations in EC law and action, this book offers valuable insight into the plethora of ways in which the European institutions seek to balance cultural with other legitimate EC policy objectives. The study draws upon a series of policy areas that are (or can be) enriched with a cultural dimension and examines concrete judicial and legislative instances attesting to the efforts deployed to deliver coherent, culture-sensitive policies at EC level.
Evangelia Psychogiopoulou, Ph.D. (2007) in European Law, European University Institute (Florence, Italy), is a Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (Athens, Greece). Since June 2007, she has been working at the European Commission, DG Education and Culture (Unit C1/Culture). She has published various articles in the field of EC cultural policy.
With its wealth of examples and detailed analysis,
The Integration of Cultural Considerations in EU Law and Policies should be essential reading for anyone wishing to understand
how the EU engages, or fails to engage, with cultural issues. Clearly written and accessible, it
will be of interest not only to academics working in the fields of law and politics but also to
policy makers and those working for cultural organisations within Europe and beyond.
Rachael Craufurd Smith, Edinburgh
All those interested in EU law, its effects on state cultural policies, and the protection of cultural diversity, as well as cultural practitioners, cultural industries and cultural policy-makers at regional, national and supranational levels