Greece is a member of UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the European Union, and a signatory of most international agreements and declarations in the field of culture. It is also a member of the Francophonie organisation, by virtue of the strong cultural links established between Greece and France since the late 19th century.
Greece actively participates in cultural co-operation programmes with a strong European, South-East European or Mediterranean dimension. During the last decades, it has played an active role in policy-oriented international co-operation.
Among multilateral actions driven by the Ministry of Culture, there is an emphasis in regional co-operation programmes in the European, Mediterranean, Adriatic, SE European or Black Sea areas, co-sponsored or financially supported by the European Union or the Council of Europe (under multilateral co-operation schemes).
The Ministry of Culture is the official authority responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
The 2nd Delphi Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, Sustainable Development, Cultural Tourism and European Integration (Delphi, 17-18 April 2010) resulted in the signing of a tripartite agreement between the Greek Government (Ministry of Culture and Tourism), the Government of the Luxembourg (Ministry of Culture) and the European Institute of Cultural Routes supporting actions in relation to the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. Both governments committed themselves to supporting financially the operational costs of the Institute for Cultural Routes as well as different projects according to the defined priorities.
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