Why not ue

Myths, expectations, fears and dilemmas of the cultural scene in Serbia regarding joining the European Union - are the subject of a series of video interviews conducted by ZMUC and SEEcult.org with actors in the cultural sector within the project "Why YES NO to the EU?" The interlocutors are Euro-enthusiasts, Eurosceptics, and undecided - both from the institutional and independent scene.

Actors of the cultural scene present their views on the EU in the midst of the refugee crisis that divided the EU member states themselves, led to new walls in the Balkans and exposed the fragility of "European values" - if they are not just a myth.

While Serbia is waiting for the green light from Brussels to start negotiations on individual chapters, culture is still in the lurch. Among other things, culture is not covered by any of the chapters, because the EU does not have uniform regulations and cultural policy. Therefore, there is no monitoring of the cultural situation in the candidate countries, and it has been deteriorating for years in all Western Balkan countries.

The absence of the announced Culture Development Strategy in Serbia, selective application of laws and occasional cultural policy measures that improve the state of certain areas of culture, but do not take into account all actors working in the general public interest, also contribute to uncertainty about the future of the cultural sector. and unrealistic expectations of EU accession. The fact that the EU, although it does not have a common cultural policy, strengthens the concept of market sustainability of culture and creative industries, reducing the budget for co-financing non-profit projects and programs.

Project "Why YES NO in the EU?" includes a series of video interviews with selected actors of the cultural scene, which will serve to map myths about the EU and further research to publish a series of analytical texts, which will contribute to a clearer picture and mobilization for advocacy and joint activities necessary to adequately prepare the cultural sector. European integration of Serbia in the foreseeable future.

Among the first interlocutors are Radoslav Zelenovic, longtime director of the Yugoslav Cinematheque, Darka Radosavljevic, director of Remont - Independent Art Association, Zoran Cirjakovic, lecturer at the Faculty of Media and Communications in Belgrade and Dimitrije Vojnov, film screenwriter.

We invite everyone to join the discussion within the Facebook page of the project "Why YES NO to the EU?", And we will take into account the reasoned comments during further research and analysis.

Project "Why YES NO in the EU?" supported by the Office of the Government of Serbia for European Integration.
ZMUC & SEEcult.org
Why YES NO in the EU?


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