Regulatory scope for culture-related support under European structural and investment funds : are we moving backwards?

Dozhdeva, Viktoriya (2018) Regulatory scope for culture-related support under European structural and investment funds : are we moving backwards? European Structural and Investment Funds Journal, 6 (2). pp. 156-168. ISSN 2196-8268

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    Abstract

    This article provides an overview of the scope for ESIF support to culture-related investment, as provided for under the Cohesion policy regulatory framework, and its evolution over the 2007-13 and 2014-20 periods. It also reflects on the alignment (or lack thereof) of the scope for support to culture-related investment under ESIF provisions with the recent trends in European policy-making and academic debate on the role of culture in territorial development. It provides examples of interesting and innovative approaches to translating ESIF regulatory provisions on culture into domestic strategic frameworks, building on a more comprehensive understanding of the role of culture and creativity in territorial development, despite the arguably limiting treatment of culture in current ESIF regulations. The article argues for the need to incorporate and mainstream a broader understanding of the potential of culture in promoting territorial development, growth and cohesion and the pervasive nature of culture-related investment into future cycles of Cohesion policy programming, by including more explicit and comprehensive references to culture under ESIF regulatory provisions.