In March 2017 the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties, which prepared the ground for the European Union, will be celebrated. This will also give Member States the opportunity to reaffirm their commitment to fundamental European values.
This is essential in times of deep societal changes, when European citizens feel disconnected to the Union. Culture and the Arts play an important role in shaping identity and reflecting on our shared history. They can help to strengthen the European project. Culture and the arts engage with the concerns of all citizens. They create a feeling of belonging and are the response to the cultural, social, economic and religious tensions existing inside societies, within the EU and outside European borders.
This should be acknowledged and applied towards developing the Union's future project.
In the statement the 33 signatories, among them NEMO, set the European priorities in relation to culture and the arts. Among others these are human rights, economic growth, education, social cohesion, migration and citizenship, international cooperation, external relations and health.
A more detailed explanation can be found in the complete statement.
The European Alliance for Culture and the Arts is a network of 33 European associations from cultural sectors and beyond, supported by more than 200 organisations working at national level.