At it's fourth session held in Lisbon, Portugal on 2-4 December 2005 under the title Creative Future - The Role of Culture in a Post Industrialized Europe, the European Cultural Parliament (ECP) passed the following
A healthy economy allows us to live, but culture makes life worth living.
We need the language of passion to go alongside the language of reason.
Jose Manuel Barroso, European Commission
In response to the call by its guest speaker Jose Manuel Barroso for socially committed artists and thinkers to mobilize, the European Cultural Parliament (ECP) affirms that:
Culture is the driving force for Europe in the 21st century, creating
- an inclusive, open and progressive civil society,
- added economic value, wealth and prosperity,
- quality in education, transfer of values to the young,
- sustainable communities, and
- quality of life for its citizens.
People of culture and the arts are a strong human resource in making Europe "the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-driven economy by 2010" (Lisbon Agenda 2000).
Culture anticipates and explores. As the language of passion, compassion and creativity it vitalizes political dialogue and vision and brings Europe closer to its citizens by providing opportunities for expression, reflection and intercultural dialogue.
Therefore the ECP celebrates 2008 as the year of the intercultural dialogue by creating and participating in a dynamic discourse that stimulates artists, thinkers and their communities to explore new possibilities to enhance cohesion inside and between nations and cultures. As a platform for dialogue the ECP stimulates equal opportunities between cultural workers from all European countries, big and small.
The European Cultural Parliament is the patron for Member initiatives such as "Breakthrough Design for Living", the "European Nomadic University for Philosophy, Art and Business", "Music and Health", the "European Academy for Contemporary Arts" and the festival "Directors across Borders".
Contact: Ambassador Karl-Erik Norrman, Secretary General, Hohenzollerndamm 81, D-14199 Berlin, Germany; tel.: +49-170-1644950; fax: +49-30-82407211; www.kulturparlament.com