BOZAR: launch of the "New Narrative for Europe" project
President Barroso participated in the launch ceremony for the project which involves an exchange between the President – accompanied to the occasion by Viviane Reding, Vice-President responsible for Citizenship and Androulla Vassiliou responsible for Culture – and the participants, mainly representatives from the world of culture and intellectuals.
This project will be carried out over three meetings in the form of "états généraux" which will take place in Warsaw on 11 July, in Paris (in the first week of October) and in Germany (date and location to be confirmed).
The aim of the project is to encourage greater involvement of European intellectuals in the creation of a real European public space, such as the President called for in his speech on the State of the Union.
The exercise should lead to the publication of a manifesto by the participants in the "états généraux" meetings and other interested parties, incorporating elements relating to the values, culture and history that represent the connecting link between Europeans, in order to develop a vision for Europe which can be adapted to the current challenges such as solidarity, strengthening the democratic legitimacy of the EU and the role of Europe in the age of globalisation and interdependence.
Read the speech at the BOZAR
Download the programme [4 MB]