News 21 Dec 12

Bulgaria Urges EU Not to Neglect Culture

Culture Minister Vezhdi Rashidov has called for EU funding of at least 600m euro for cultural projects in the 2014-2020 programming period.

Rashidov made the plea on behalf of culture in Brussels while attending a meeting of EU Culture Ministers.

“For three-and-a-half years in office we have not seen or heard the word ‘culture’ in reports or statements of European parliamentary committees,” the minister said.

“It is very important to us that culture makes its way onto the list of priorities,” Rashidov added.

He stressed that investment in culture was not a waste of money but was a means to trigger economic growth.

Rashidov also said that Bulgaria had already made culture a priority, and the government was aiding cinema, theatre, and most notably, archaeology, regardless of the current financial difficulties.

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