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European Cultural Convention

The European Cultural Convention is an international treaty for EU and EU accession states to strengthen, deepen and further develop a European Culture, by using local culture as a starting point. Setting common goals and a plan of action to reach an integrated European society, celebrating universal values, rights and diversity.[2] The Convention contributes to joint action by encouraging cultural activities of European interest.

European Cultural Convention
Signed19 December 1954
Effective5 May 1955
Condition3 Ratifications
DepositarySecretary General of the Council of Europe
LanguagesEnglish and French

The European Cultural Convention was opened for signature by the Council of Europe in Paris on 19 December 1954 and entered into force on 05 May 1955.[1] Its signature is one of the conditions for becoming a participating state in the Bologna Process and its European Higher Education Area (EHEA). The term "Convention" is used as a synonym for an international legal treaty.

The convention has been ratified by all 47 member states of the Council of Europe; it has also been ratified by Belarus, the Holy See, and Kazakhstan.


Signatories to the European Cultural Convention include:[3]

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  1. ^ a b c "European Cultural Convention, CETS No.: 018". Council of Europe. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
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