Dr Rachel Craufurd Smith gives talk at Annual Conference and AGM of the European Movement in Scotland

On 6th November Dr Rachel Craufurd Smith, Senior Lecturer in EC Law, was invited to give a talk on EU cultural policy at the Annual Conference and AGM of the European Movement in Scotland.

On 6th November Dr Rachel Craufurd Smith, Senior Lecturer in EC Law, was invited to give a talk on EU cultural policy at the Annual Conference and AGM of the European Movement in Scotland.

The European Movement in Scotland is an independent, pro-European, non-profit making organisation, which aims to provide accurate information about the European Union and its relationship with the Member States.  Dr. Craufurd Smith examined both the application of the free movement provisions in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) on Member State competence in the cultural field and the development of a distinct EU cultural policy on the basis of article 167 TFEU.  She noted that although the operation of EU law exposes domestic cultures to competing practices and values, this may enhance individual choice and autonomy rather than diminish it.  EU law can also help Member States preserve traditional cultures through, for example, the protection it offers specialty foods and designations of origin, such as Arbroath Smokies, and is an important source of finance for cultural activities and innovation in economically straightened times.   

A further perspective on culture and the European Union was given by Mr. Ken Macdonald, a BBC Special Correspondent who has worked and reported widely in Europe. Mr. Macdonald drew on these experiences to suggest that national and religious identities were remarkably resilient but felt it was important to focus on the impact of the media.  In particular, he argued for Scottish interests and concerns to be more accurately and widely reflected in the UK media.

Academic profile: Dr Rachel Craufurd Smith