A European Resolution on Culture: For Values, Democracy and Citizenship
The Decisive Deal
“A Soul for Europe” and the Cultural Coalition for a Citizens’ Europe in a collaborative work process titled The Decisive Deal towards A European Resolution on Culture: For Values, Democracy and Citizenship.
“A Soul for Europe” invites citizens to work together with their elected representatives in its programme A Cultural Coalition for a Citizens’ Europe to raise awareness of Europe as a cultural project. “A Soul for Europe” invites you to join us in a collaborative work process towards a European Resolution on Culture for Values, Democracy and Citizenship.
Firstly, the launch of this discussion paper intends to continue a process of debate on how to further include culture into the European integration process. Secondly, the Cultural Coalition will utilize the outcomes of this debate to agree on a clear agenda and actions proposals called for by citizens on how culture and Europe can further develop their mutually beneficial relationship in the next 5 year political cycle. The ideal final outcome of the process would be the drafting and adopting of a real resolution in the European Parliament during the next political term.
How will the development process work?
The work process towards a European Resolution on Culture for Values, Democracy and Citizenship is meant to be collaborative, gathering as much input as possible from European citizens. This paper should be considered as “food for thought” and will be discussed both online and in the framework of all Cultural Coalition activities over the next year. The ideas from the discussions will be gathered and integrated to make the text a strong proposal.
The next stage will be launched with the conclusions of a major joint project on 3 March: the Berlin Conference 2014, produced under the High Patronage of the European Parliament and with the participation of the leaders of the main political parties of Europe. From there we envision that the document will be taken up as a proposal for a resolution in the European Parliament and it will eventually inspire action in the European Council and the Member States as well as the local level. The outcomes of the entire process of development in 2013 and early 2014 will be taken up in this debate and the final concepts and visions will be launched just prior to the elections.
The development of the final topics and their content points is up to you! This discussion paper is our working proposal for the all citizens and now we look to you to provide proposals that make the concept clearer and stronger.
How can you participate?
We are looking for feedback on our proposals! You will find the summary below and the full document in PDF format here. Further background reading is provided in the document box above: GDP-based Targets in International Organisations, Public Expenditure on Culture as a Percent of GDP, The Economic Impact of Cultural Spending.
To keep the conversation active between our various events, you can provide comments on the site for your short remarks or email us your longer thoughts and proposals. If you agree to make your longer comments public, please let us know and we can post them as a blog on the site.
Please email the Brussels office of “A Soul for Europe” at the European House for Culture to submit a written response or for more information.
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Summary: A European Resolution on Culture for Values, Democracy, and Citizenship
Citizens are invited to join “A Soul for Europe” in its 2013-2014 programme, A Cultural Coalition for a Citizens’ Europe, to raise awareness of Europe as a cultural project.
“A Soul for Europe” and the Cultural Coalition for a Citizens’ Europe propose that political parties and elected representatives of Europe adopt the following into their election platforms and work plans for the 2014-2019 political term:
Europe as a Cultural Project
Political parties and elected representatives should promote the cultural dimension of the European project, promoting “European cultural values” as a building block of Europe.
A Cultural Commitment to Europe
Political parties and elected representatives should foster a dialogue between the European Union and the Member States about the development of a European standard for expanding culture’s potential and responsibility towards the European project in the Member States.
The Cultural Component of Legislation
Member States should integrate a cultural component into each of their policy areas following the example of the Lisbon Treaty, Article 167, paragraph 4 of: "The Union shall take cultural aspects into account in its action under other provisions of the Treaties, in particular in order to respect and to promote the diversity of its cultures.”
Political parties and elected representatives should support the European Union and Member States in adding the cultural component to all policy areas where it is currently lacking, including citizenship and external affairs.
A European Commitment to Culture
Political parties and elected representatives should foster a dialogue between the European Union and the Member States about the comparable and equal engagement for a basic level of policy and budgetary commitment to culture and the arts in the Member States as a natural extension of the previous recommendations.
Including a Cultural Component in all Legislation on Citizenship
Political parties and elected representatives should consider the cultural sector as a prime tool to develop positive civic values and European citizenship.