Published on 6th March 2014 by A Soul for Europe
Berlin Conference "A Soul for Europe" on 3 March 2014
Welcoming addresses by Wolfgang Ischinger and Rariţa Zbranca
Opening speech by José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission
Debate with Martin Schulz, Klaus Staeck and Alicja Gescinska
Speech by Michael Roth, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office
Published on 3rd March 2014 by A Soul for Europe
“Europe is more than a market. It is not complete without its cultural dimension”, said José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, kicking off the Berlin Conference “A Soul for Europe” 2014 today in Berlin. He emphasised that “Culture is existential while politics are instrumental”.
Tagged with Berlin Conference 2014
Published on 22nd January 2014 by A Soul for Europe
In the last months of 2013, “A Soul for Europe” and its Cultural Coalition for a Citizens’ Europe prepared the Berlin Conference 2014 that will take place on 3 March. Highlights of this busy period included the Amsterdam Conversation, Brussels Conversations, a meeting with three MEPs from our Advisory Board Parliamentarian Working Group at the European Parliament, and finally President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz announcing the conference which is co-produced with the EP.Tagged with Berlin Conference 2014, Cultural Coalition Invitation to Join
Published on 22nd January 2014 by Andreas Bock and Rarita Zbranca
Protest movements against the gold mining project in the Romanian village of Rosia Montana have mobilized tens of thousands of Romanians over the last few months. One of the main players of the grassroots movement was the NGO Alburnus Maior which triggered the ‘Save Rosia Montana Campaign‘, which connects the local opposition in Rosia Montana and activists from all over Romania fighting against plans for Europe’s biggest open-cast gold mine.Tagged with
Published on 24th October 2013 by A Soul for Europe
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".
Tagged with Cultural Coalition: A European Resolution on Culture
Published on 12th July 2013 by A Soul for Europe
“A Soul for Europe” (ASfE) strongly welcomes the legislative proposal 2012/0199(COD) – 20/07/2012 to establish a “Union action for the European Capitals of Culture for the years 2020 to 2033” by the European Commission (EC).
“A Soul for Europe” (ASfE) congratulates the European Commission for the content of the proposal and is pleased to see that many of the ASfE proposals provided over the last two years of dialogue with institutions and civil society have been included in the legislative proposal.Tagged with ECoC Position Paper No 1
The Berlin Conference 2012 was the first of a series of three "A Soul for Europe" events dedicated to a Europe from the bottom-up under the title of "Cultural Coalition for a Citizens' Europe". It was followed by the Brussels Conversations 2012 by the partners of the European House for Culture on 16-18 November, and will be followed by the Felix Meritis Foundation’s Amsterdam Conversation 2012 on 30 November.
Together they form "A Soul for Europe's" kick-off to the European Year of Citizens 2013!
The project “A Cultural Coalition for a Citizens’ Europe” of the initiative “A Soul for Europe” is one of 27 projects selected for funding by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency within the framework of the Europe for Citizens Programme Action 2-Measure 3 – 2012: "Support to projects initiated by civil society organisations".
Currently the European Commission is working on a new framework for the European Capitals of Culture programme after 2019. The Committee of the Regions has prepared a draft opinion for the improvement of the programme. In this draft the importance of the involvement of civil society actors in the ECoC programme and activities is emphasised.