Today, president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his annual State of the Union address. Speaking to the European Parliament in Strasbourg in his annual State of the Union address, he outlined priorities ahead of the 2019 European elections.
We were happy to hear that cultural diversity and the European Year of Cultural heritage were mentioned in the president’s speech. “Love for Europe because Europe and the European Union have achieved something unique in this fraying world“, he said, “Peace within and outside of Europe. Prosperity for many if not yet for all. This is something we have to remember during the European Year of Cultural Heritage. 2018 must be a celebration of cultural diversity“.
Culture Action Europe’s reflection paper “Belonging and Becoming: A cultural response to the White Paper on the Future of Europe and the accompanying reflection papers” outlined the importance of reinforcing EU actions celebrating and strengthening heritage and cultural diversity, in accordance with the core remit of the EU in the cultural field. “(These) should be seen as fundamental to build the future of Europe“, – mentions the paper.
Culture Action Europe (CAE) consulted member organisations, European networks, partners and the wider civil society on the implication of the White Paper, by convening regional meetings (“hubs”) in eight European countries and through an open real-time online conversation (“Jamm’Europe”), moderated by CAE experts and involving 527 people. During the process we discussed the proposed scenarios and their possible implications for the future of Europe, producing and debating a wide range of creative ideas, critical analysis, aspirations and concerns that directly inform the reflections and proposals presented in this document.