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Document 11997E151

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Treaty establishing the European Community (Amsterdam consolidated version)
Part Three: Community policies
Title XII: Culture
Article 151
Article 128 - EC Treaty (Maastricht consolidated version)
Article 128 - EEC Treaty
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11997E151

Treaty establishing the European Community (Amsterdam consolidated version) - Part Three: Community policies - Title XII: Culture - Article 151 - Article 128 - EC Treaty (Maastricht consolidated version) - Article 128 - EEC Treaty

Official Journal C 340 , 10/11/1997 P. 0245 - Consolidated version
Official Journal C 224 , 31/08/1992 P. 0047 - Consolidated version
(EEC Treaty - no official publication available)


Treaty establishing the European Community (Amsterdam consolidated version)

Article 151

1. The Community shall contribute to the flowering of the cultures of the Member States, while respecting their national and regional diversity and at the same time bringing the common cultural heritage to the fore.

2. Action by the Community shall be aimed at encouraging cooperation between Member States and, if necessary, supporting and supplementing their action in the following areas:

- improvement of the knowledge and dissemination of the culture and history of the European peoples;

- conservation and safeguarding of cultural heritage of European significance;

- non-commercial cultural exchanges;

- artistic and literary creation, including in the audiovisual sector.

3. The Community and the Member States shall foster cooperation with third countries and the competent international organisations in the sphere of culture, in particular the Council of Europe.

4. The Community shall take cultural aspects into account in its action under other provisions of this Treaty, in particular in order to respect and to promote the diversity of its cultures.

5. In order to contribute to the achievement of the objectives referred to in this Article, the Council:

- acting in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 251 and after consulting the Committee of the Regions, shall adopt incentive measures, excluding any harmonisation of the laws and regulations of the Member States. The Council shall act unanimously throughout the procedure referred to in Article 251;

- acting unanimously on a proposal from the Commission, shall adopt recommendations.

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