Boil Banov, Minister for Culture of Bulgaria and President of the Council

Boil Banov, Minister of Culture has said that the EU has ensured that the Youth Orchestra will remain among the best of its kind. It consists of outstanding and dedicated young musicians, conductors and soloists from across the EU, and is a source of pride for all of us.

The Council today adopted an amended regulation which will provide for continuing financing of the European Union Youth Orchestra.Funding has been secured until the end of 2020. It will come from the Creative Europe programme and the cross-sectoral strand of that programme. As part of this agreement, the orchestra will have to increase its efforts in areas such as audience development, visibility and the geographical balance of musicians.

The Youth Orchestra was founded in 1976. It brings together talented young musicians from all 28 member states, working to the very highest musical standards.The Youth Orchestra is a symbol of Europe and has played a unique role in promoting intercultural dialogue, mutual respect and understanding through culture. It has performed in major cities and festivals in Europe and around the world, in a variety of formal and informal settings. It uses traditional and innovative formats and techniques for a wide range of audiences.

Through its activities, the orchestra acts as a cultural ambassador for the Union by showcasing the richness and diversity of European culture and emerging talent.