Think Culture... Think Growth


Med Culture is a Technical Assistance Unit funded by the European Union for the promotion of culture as vector of Human, Social and Economic Development in South Mediterranean countries. 

Projets Ue

Projets Ue

The purpose behind the present selection of projects is to share some insights with cultural practitioners in the South Mediterranean region to better inform their quest for funds and broaden the sources and possibilities in terms of European Union cooperation programmes that could answer their needs. You’ll notice that some of the projects were already closed, but were included in the selection to serve as examples of what one should consider in their search criteria when seeking funds.

Culture has been introduced officially in the European Union legislation through article 128 of the Maastricht Treaty in 1992, stipulating in particular that the “Community shall take cultural aspects into account in its action under other provisions of this Treaty”. In other words, culture is a cross-cutting issue that shall be taken into consideration in all European Union policies.

Thanks to this legal basis, even if the European Union does not have any Cultural Policy, cultural projects can be presented and funded by most of European Union programmes, providing they meet their objectives and criteria. Indeed, the European Union cohesion policy, addressing mainly development issues (infrastructures, culture & tourism, creative industries, etc.) is by far the policy that allocates most funding to the cultural field.

European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)

EIDHR has a broad scope of action. Its aim is to provide support for the promotion of democracy and human rights in non-EU countries. Under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, a great variety of projects are supported to advance economic, social and cultural rights worldwide.

The EIDHR funds more than 1200 projects in over 100 countries.

FP6, FP7 and Horizon2020 Programmes

FP6 and FP7 were the European Union's research and innovation funding programmes from 2002-2013. The current research programme is Horizon2020. It is meant to play a crucial role in reaching the goals of growth, competitiveness and employment. Some main cultural research issues are/were addressed in these projects, such as: archaeological management policies, preservation of ancient Mediterranean sites, protection of cultural heritage, etc.

Panorama of EU Regional Programmes and Projects in the Southern Mediterranean

The Panorama of EU Regional Programmes and Projects - Southern Mediterranean, 2012-2014 contains key information on all the regional projects funded in the Southern Neighborhood under the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI).

Projects are listed under three main policy areas:

  • Institutional dialogue, governance and human rights
  • Social and human development
  • Economic integration and sustainable development

The 85-page publication is available in English, French ;and Arabic.