On the 9th of May, 70 years ago, Robert Schuman laid the foundation of what we know now as the European Union. “Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity.”
The solidarity to which Schumann referred to has been a dormant leitmotiv that has brought the European community from being a pact on a shared economic interest on coal and steel to home for millions of people, bound together by a common project. The European Union finds its basis in a shared culture and this is Europe’s abiding strength. Culture is the foundation of the European common project; it binds us together and underpins Europeans’ sense of belonging. Culture and the arts are essential elements to building resilient, healthy, cohesive societies.
Read our last newsletter on Europe Day and discover which measures and which actions need to be taken in order to put culture at the centre of a fair and sustainable future.
Are we ready to rethink our collective and individual aspirations regarding our communities and our common goods? Are we ready to take actions to tackle climate change together and to recognise culture’s role in fair development? As we are collectively reimagining the future, are we ready to start it over, beginning with culture?
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