April 15, 2008
The European Community began as an economic community whose cause was, all the same, common values, the European cultural community and historical experiences; yet it also involved all the infringements of those common values. Outwardly, the EU is characterised as an economic and regulation community; it has lost the breath it had at the outset.
“A Soul for Europe” (ASfE) is the order of the day, of Europe’s new departure which it embarked on after its expansion in 2004, at the latest. The civil-society initiative “A Soul for Europe” is building an international network based in Berlin, and is seeking support for its objectives from the regions, the EU member states and Europe’s cultural, business and political sectors. Its projects are based on the idea that the development of Europe depends on the power of culture, which must be used in a sustainable manner. This will help ensure that we have a Europe of Europeans, and not just a Europe of institutions, administrations and regulations.
ASfE must become a movement of everyone for whom the well-being of the EU is important. The European Commission’s communication on culture 05/07 underscored that. It is a matter of placing culture at the core of all the EU’s political efforts, not ostensibly for the benefit of culture but of Europe with respect to its cultural potentials. ASfE has been proceeding down this path since 2004. It should be a path shared by everyone for whom Europe means a great deal. www.berlinerkonferenz.eu