Culture emerged as an important topic and sector in Europe following the devastation of World War II. Not only was UNESCO created and headquartered in Paris, the Council of Europe was created to promote human rights, democracy and the rule of law. An important domain of the Council of Europe is the culture and heritage center, iterating interests of the European Union. Today there is a pan-European ideology of "unity through cultural diversity." This talk traces the emergence of a European "Agenda for Culture" as it has been put into action through actual policy.
Jacqueline Pacaud has been working in the European Commission in Brussels (Belgium) for 13 years, mainly dealing with cultural matters. She designed a new selection scheme for the European Capitals of Culture and was involved in the selection and monitoring of approximately 20 Capitals. She late worked on the European Heritage Label and its award implementation, managed the EU budget for culture, and also focused on the challenges of heritage in the EU. She is passionate about culture management and policies and, above all, heritage and the performing arts (classical music).