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Treaty Establishing the European Community

as Amended by Subsequent Treaties

ROME, 25 March 1957


Part Three. Community Policies



Part Three. Community Policies


Article 128.

  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 organizations 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.
  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 189b and after consulting the Committee of the Regions, shall adopt incentive measures, excluding any harmonization of the laws and regulations of the Member States. The Council shall act unanimously throughout the procedures referred to in Article 189b;
    • acting unanimously on a proposal from the Commission, shall adopt recommendations.

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