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Eastern Partnership Ministerial conference on Culture
Tbilisi, 28 June 2013

PROGRAMME

8.30 -09.30
Registration and welcome coffee
10.00 - 10.15
Openings speeches
- Mr Bidzina Ivanishvili, Prime Minister of Georgia
- Mrs Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, culture, Multilingualism and Youth
10.15 - 11.40

10.15 - 10.35





10.35 - 11.30




11.30 - 11.40
Session 1 - Culture as a vector for political reforms and social development

Keynote speeches launching the debate:

- Mr Bogdan Zdrojewski, Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Poland - role of Culture in democratic transition and intercultural dialogue
- Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum - Cultural governance, challenges in the region seen by the independent sector

Q&A with official delegations
• Social integration, access to culture, education
• Dialogue with civil society: bridging the gap between the public and the independent sector
• Developing a strategic framework for culture, linking different levels of governance

Discussion with the audience
11.40 - 11.50
Coffee break
11.50 - 13.15

11.50 - 12.10




12.10 - 13.05



13.05 - 13.15
Session 2 - Culture as a vector of economic growth and job creation

Keynote speeches launching the debate
• Mr Sarunas Birutis, Minister of Culture, Lithuania – Strategic approach to cultural
and creative sectors – EU experience
• Mr Zaza Rusadze, film director and producer, Georgia - Business and culture

Q&A with official delegations
• Tourism
• Promoting business investment in culture
• The role of mapping and data collection
• Digitalisation
13.15 - 14.45
Buffet Lunch
14.45 - 15.45





15.45 - 16.00
Session 3 - EU instruments and international cooperation - perspectives for the future

- Eastern Partnership Culture Programme
- Creative Europe
- UNESCO and Council of Europe

Discussion with the audience
16.00 - 17.00
Closing Session

- Conclusions of the Conference
      o EU Presidency (Ireland)
      o Mrs Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture,
         Multilingualism and Youth - tbc
      o Mr Miriane Odisharia – Minister of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia

- Declaration