Ministerial conference: Defining the way ahead for European cultural policy - Wroclaw, Poland, 9-10 December 2004
In the hope that greater unity would be achieved through better mutual understanding among Europeans, the initial aims of the Convention were to:
1. encourage Europeans to safeguard their own cultural heritage (including their language, history and civilisation) and to recognise it as being part of a wider “European” heritage;
Over the years three other main objectives emerged, which are to:
1. create the conditions for full participation in democratic life;
There are currently 48 signatories to the Convention (all 46 Council of Europe member states, plus Belarus and the Holy See – i.e. every state in Europe).
The 50th anniversary
The main events will be:
1. a ministerial conference to launch the celebrations in Wroclaw, Poland;
There will also be a number of national events taking place within the countries covered by the Convention.
The Wroclaw Conference
The conference will bring together ministers of culture, education, youth and sport from the 48 signatory countries, as well as representatives of Council of Europe observer states, other international organisations and institutions, and NGOs.
The conference will be the first major event of the Polish Chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, the highlight of which will be the Summit of Heads of State and Government on 16 and 17 May 2005.
- Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe;
First plenary session: Achievements of the European Cultural Convention
Second plenary session: New challenges for cultural co-operation in Europe
Third plenary session: The future role of cultural co-operation in greater Europe
There will also be a presentation from Baroness Hooper (UK), on behalf of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
The Wroclaw Declaration
- deepening the sense of “European identity” to prevent the emergence of new divisions in a larger Europe;
The Declaration will subsequently propose the main lines of action for the Council of Europe in this field for the coming years.
- an art exhibition of scientific works of Leonardo da Vinci;
Computer and telephone facilities will be provided for journalists, and interpretation will be available in six different languages – English, French, Russian, German, Italian and Polish.
A press conference is scheduled to take place at 10 am on Thursday 9 December, involving all three of the opening speakers at the conference.
Further media briefings may also be arranged during the conference, depending on the interest shown.
Finally, it will be possible to arrange interviews with participants either before or during the conference, using the contact details given below.
Further details can also be found in Polish, English and French on the website of the Polish Ministry of Culture, www.mk.gov.pl
For any further information, please contact:
Council of Europe
Ministry of Culture of Poland