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Community Cultural Competences: an Appraisal of Article 151 EC

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Article 151 EC, which marks the first express conferment of direct cultural powers upon the Community, provides the basis for the development of cultural activities at the EC level. Preservation and promotion of cultural diversity forms the mainspring of Article 151 EC as originally drafted and subsequently modified by the Treaty of Amsterdam. Introducing an explicit cultural competence at the supranational level could be viewed as a potential basis for the Community to take positive measures in support of Member States' cultural activities. The idea of cultural mainstreaming originated in the early 1980s, when the Community institutions slowly started to appreciate the intrinsic links between culture and political and socio-economic upheavals facing the Community. Article 151(4) EC legitimises all informal cultural action undertaken in other Community areas prior to its entry into force.

Keywords:Article 151 EC; cultural action; cultural diversity; cultural powers; Member States; Treaty of Amsterdam



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