Today, 21 November, the two-day meeting of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council will continue in Brussels. The Estonian Minister for Culture Indrek Saar will head the meeting of culture and sports ministers to approve conclusions on on access to culture via digital means and on the role of coaches in society. The ministers will also discuss the role of culture in making for cohesive societies, and, together with Thomas Bach, the President of the International Olympic Committee, examine the main challenges for sport in the 21st century.
During the first part of the day, starting at 9:30 CET, the Estonian Minister for Culture Indrek Saar will head the Council on culture and sports issues. In the morning, the culture council plans to adopt conclusions on promoting access to culture via digital means. The conclusions will focus on the role of cultural organisations and their relations with audiences in an ever-changing digital environment. Additionally, the ministers will discuss the role of culture in creating cohesive societies in Europe in the context of increased migration and mobility. The exchange of ideas by the culture ministers will be boosted by the inspirational speech ‘Culture and creativity – a tool for change and inclusion’ by Helen Sildna, the founder of Tallinn Music Week. The Council will also receive an overview of the state of negotiations on the Audiovisual Media Services Directive.
The Council will convene on sports topics in the afternoon following a meeting headed by Minister Indrek Saar between the EU ministers responsible for sport as well as Tibor Navracsics, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, and Thomas Bach, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), to discuss cooperation between the European Union, member states and the sports movement. At the sitting following the meeting, the Council, chaired by Estonia, will adopt conclusions on the social role of coaches in society and a resolution on developing the European Union structured dialogue on sports. This is followed by a discussion with IOC President Bach on the main challenges and opportunities for sports in the 21st century.
During the day, the public sessions of the Council on culture and sports issues can be followed live via the webpage of the Council of the EU, these session include:
- Starting from 10:00 CET the discussion on the role of culture in building cohesive societies in Europe. Inspirational speech ‘Culture and creativity – a tool for change and inclusion’ by Helen Sildna, the founder of Tallinn Music Week.
- Starting from 15:00 CET press conference with the participation of Indrek Saar, Estonian Minister for Culture, Tibor Navracsics, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, and Thomas Bach, the President of the International Olympic Committee.
Spokesperson / Estonian Ministry of Culture
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