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.