The Civil Society Platform for Access to Culture

Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future. ~Albert Camus

Positions Access to Culture in a human/cultural rights perspective;
Places Access to Culture upstream in cultural policy-making (with a strong call to also mainstream culture in other policy fields); Formulates clear priority areas for action to develop the conditions of creation, education and participation across Europe.

To advocate for these standpoints the Platform produced its Policy Guidelines Document and a comprehensive Tool KIT.

On June 9th 2009 the Platform endorsed the Policy Guidelines document which is the outcome of the working process of its first year of existence. The document is directed to the European Commission, Member States, local and regional authorities and cultural institutions.

It places access and participation within a human rights framework and puts forward nine recommendations with stated objectives, proposed actions and expected results:
Understanding the needs of all publics

Data collection, research and consultations – to improve policymaking in the field of access to culture.
Overcoming linguistic barriers

Language education and support to translation – to remove linguistic obstacles to access to culture.
Supporting highly qualified professionalism

Social protection, education and training programmes – to ensure professional development and growth and, in turn, broaden the diversity of the cultural offer.
Improving funding and procedures
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Participation in culture and the arts including freedom of artistic expression are both individual and collective human rights, guaranteed by numerous national, European and international treaties. The general public, policymakers, the arts and the human rights sectors all need to be more aware of how they can guarantee these rights and defend the rights-holders, to the benefit of all of our societies.

The platform works in three thematic working groups:
Audience Participation / Cultural Component of Citizenship Working Group

Citizens exercise their cultural rights through active participation in the shaping of Europe. It is important that this participation in culture is recognised as a fundamental right and a stepping stone to gaining political and social objectives such as creative societies, a strong educational system, flourishing cultural industries, intercultural dialogue and democracy. Active citizenship requires that all levels of policy making take citizens’ concerns into account.
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In 2007 representatives of public bodies and cultural sector met in Lisbon during the Portuguese EU-Presidency, on a first Culture Forum, to discuss new ways of cooperation in the field of European cultural policy, which is ruled by the principle of subsidiarity. The outcome of this first Forum was the adoption of the European Agenda for Culture which identified 3 issues EU countries pledged to discuss in common:

• promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue;
• promotion of culture as a catalyst for creativity in the framework of the Lisbon Strategy for growth and jobs;
• promotion of culture as a vital element in the Union’s international relations.

To achieve this collaboration between MS and EU a new tool was created, the Open Method of Coordination (OMC). To include the culture sector itself, the field experts / citizens in this discussion the “structured dialogue” mechanism was put into action.

The 3 civil society Platforms
In this frame the Platforms were created: Intercultural Europe; Potential of Creative Industries; and Access to Culture, the later hosted by the European House for Culture which acts as its secretariat.
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Tropical Acne

Acne could show up any time of life and also in any type of environment, however it can be particularly frustrating in Tropical environments. Tropical settings are moist and also warm and also could bring about major episodes of acne that seem like sores loaded with water or pus. It is incredibly awkward, you could deal with Tropical acne as well as also stop it from developing in the initial area.

Tropical acne is a skin disease that shows up in very hot and also moist environments– like those containeded in the tropics– and also creates rash-like acne to burst out on the face, back, neck and also upper body. It can be extremely awkward, scratchy or perhaps unpleasant and also, in many cases, it can be hard to obtain eliminate.
Signs and symptoms

Tropical acne is generally damp and also rash-like. Your acne may be scratchy or painful as well as could possibly also end up being contaminated if permitted to linger. Pustules are the most common kind of Tropical acne, you could likewise discover whiteheads, blackheads as well as blemishes.


Tropical acne is dued to a build-up of oil, dead skin cells and also germs in the pores. This is motivated as well as aggravated by the Tropical environment, which could make you perspiring and also catch microorganisms on your skin. This is particularly the instance if you have actually not lived the tropics all your life and also are not utilized to the warm, sticky weather condition.


You could protect against Tropical acne by taking on particular habits as well as techniques to deal with the damp climate as well as your skin’s response to it. Do not wash with extremely warm water, usage cozy or awesome water as an alternative as well as make use of fragrance-free soaps to stop skin inflammation.

Dealing with Tropical acne is quite comparable to dealing with basic acne. Merely be specific to utilize a water-based cream after utilizing any sort of facial cleansers to protect against over-drying and also extreme oil manufacturing.