Public Hearing on the report on "Intercultural dialogue and education for mutual understanding"

Julie has been appointed rapporteur for the European Parliament on a key report on "the role of intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and education in promoting EU fundamental values".

 

 

Public Hearing on the report on "Intercultural dialogue and education for mutual understanding"

 

Rapporteur - Julie Ward

 

Julie has been appointed rapporteur for the European Parliament on a key report on "the role of intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and education in promoting EU fundamental values".

 

Europe needs to meet the challenges related to intolerance, social exclusion, marginalisation, radicalisation and discrimination. We shall renew efforts therefore to reinforce a healthy dialogue that teaches and leads to a better understanding and acceptance of common fundamental values, thereby laying the foundations for more inclusive and pluralistic societies.

 

Europe is also in a particular political and social context when the gap between citizens and their political representatives and institutions is constantly widening. We must provide an answer to a crisis that is not only economic but also cultural and political.

 

Promoting intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and education as a way to promote mutual understanding, better living together and an active sense of European citizenship and belonging is more important than ever today.

 

PUBLIC HEARING

The European Parliament's CULT Committee will hold a public hearing on 15.09.15 from 10:00-12:30 in meeting room ASP 3E2 (Altiero Spinelli building, Brussels). The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova, will address the Committee with a presentation on the role of the UNESCO for the protection and promotion of cultural diversity and later engage in an exchange of views with the CULT Members. In addition, four experts from different organisations have been invited to take the floor. As the main rapporteur Julie will respond to the speakers' presentations and ask questions designed to further support and clarify the content and recommendations of the report.

The main purpose of the hearing is to debate issues relating to cultural diversity in Europe, with particular emphasis on intercultural dialogue and the role of education in paving the way to mutual understanding. In times of upheaval and misunderstanding, the promotion of respect and dialogue between peoples is indispensable for social cohesion, the vitality of civil society and peace.

The hearing can be followed through webstreaming on the European Parliament's website. Here's the draft programme.

 

GET INVOLVED!

A special email address has been set up to collect question from citizens ahead of the public hearing.

It will be active until September 17th.

Send your questions and remarks here: interculturaldialogue.questions@ep.europa.eu

You can also follow the discussion #intercultural dialogue and #activecitizenship on Twitter.

Don't forget to put the Culture committee of the EP on copy in your tweets! @EPCulture

 

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