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This is a crucial part of ELIA’s strategic goals: ‘ELIA advocates for higher arts education by empowering and creating new opportunities for its members and facilitating the exchange of good practices’.

ELIA serves its members by actively representing them at European and international policy level. ELIA advocates for higher arts education through its own actions (e.g., creating policy papers, publishing statements, responding to EU consultations) and through collaborative campaigns involving other networks and organisations from the culture and education sectors. ELIA is particularly involved in Culture Action Europe’s initiatives, as it is an active member of the network.

ELIA’s advocacy efforts also aim to empower members by providing information about key political developments at the European level and funding opportunities, as well as formulating arguments for political debate. In spring 2020 the ELIA Office started sharing its ‘Advocacy and Funding Updates’. Some of the most important advocacy actions of the last two years are reported below.

  • Higher Arts Education Networks’ SZFE Solidarity Statement, in response to worrying policy developments in Hungary concerning free development of education in the arts, freedom of artistic expression, and freedom of research, ELIA – together with AEC, Cumulus, EAAE, and GEECT – published this statement in September 2020.
  • The Vienna Declaration on Artistic Research, a policy paper presented in June 2020 advocating for the full recognition of Artistic Research across Europe co-written by AEC, CILECT / GEECT, Culture Action Europe, Cumulus, EAAE, ELIA, EPARM, EQ-ARTS, MusiQuE, and SAR.
  • Nomination to the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors (GCSA) to the European Commission, in June 2020 ELIA nominated Dr Paulo de Assis, Orpheus Institute, Belgium for the GCSA, in collaboration with colleague networks AEC, CILECT, Cumulus, GEECT, EAAE, and SAR.
  • Culture and Education in the MFF and Recovery Plan, ELIA is engaged in advocating for the proper funding and recognition of arts, culture, and education in the European Union’s Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and Recovery Plan, and published a statement to this regard: ‘Culture and Education are Essential to Sustainable and Long-Term EU Recovery’.
  • Brexit, ELIA has been actively calling on parties involved in the Brexit political debate to strive for a solution oriented towards facilitating broad international dialogue between students and academics.
  • 'Towards an ambitious innovation ecosystem for the Cultural and Creative Industries, ELIA’s position paper in support of the establishment of a new Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) for Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) by the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT).