Culture is the centrepiece of European identity. Europe's cultural heritage is one of the greatest in the world and a source of great prestige internationally. Culture is also a source of economic growth and livelihoods for hundreds of thousands of people who work in the cultural and arts sectors.
This is why we want to defend rights for authors and a fair copyright system, as well as ensuring European culture is protected in international trade deals. We firmly believe that artists deserve decent working conditions and we stand by them to achieve it.
For us, education is a fundamental right, and all European citizens are entitled to one. It is a driver for social, economic and cultural inclusion, and essential for personal and professional fulfilment. Quality education, training and skills must therefore be accessible and affordable for all.
However, despite the progress made, there are still many obstacles to achieving equal access, namely a lack of equal opportunities and/or funding. For this reason, we call on Europe to adopt a holistic approach, recognising the role of formal education - as well as informal alternatives - and training in tackling inequalities, and investing in high-quality educational programmes to ensure everyone can reach their potential.