Belgium has taken over the presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 January 2024. Following Spain, the Belgian presidency will last until 30 June and is the last rotating Council Presidency of the current legislative term.
The Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council will be chaired by Jan Jambon who, together with Flemish experts, will follow the relevant preparatory work of the Culture Council. Artificial intelligence (AI) and how it should be governed to prioritize the EU’s long-term industrial policy and competitiveness is one of the topics covered in the program, which you can already read online.
The agenda for the Belgian presidency also includes promoting a fair and sustainable transition, promoting inclusion and health, protecting European citizens, enhancing collaboration, and preparing for our common future. It will concentrate on six thematic areas, giving special attention to maintaining the EU’s steadfast support for Ukraine.
There are two significant cultural events scheduled for the six-month period. The conference Empowering the Cultural and Creative Sectors in Data-Driven Audience Development, which takes place in Ghent from February 7–9, will, for example, cover a number of topics, including ethical issues surrounding the use of audience data, infrastructure for digital and collective data processing, and promoting knowledge sharing about data usage in the CCS.