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A new narrative for Europe

How will the narrative work?

To breathe new life into the European spirit, the European Union is calling on European artists, intellectuals, scientists, academics and all European citizens to jointly explore the history, values, symbols and cultural aspects that unite citizens and to come up with a new vision for Europe.

In 2013 and early 2014, three general assemblies “On forms of imagination and thinking for Europe” will take place across Europe. They will serve as an inspiration for the New Narrative. Other parallel events will enable the debate to take place in other European cities.

A summary of the Narrative will be published, including a number of individual visions on Europe given by artists, intellectuals, scientists and other citizens.

Why artists, intellectuals and scientists?

A sustainable future for Europe requires the participation and engagement of all sectors of society. Citizens from all walks of life must be given a voice in this debate about our common future.

Artists, intellectuals and scientists in particular have a valuable contribution to make. The European project is not only about economic cooperation, but also about bringing together our different European cultures and aspirations which constitute a powerful source of strength for the continent. In addition to human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, Europe’s core cultural values are an essential part of the European project. Cultural sectors, from artists to scientists, have an essential role to play to promote these values for the benefit of citizens and the whole European construction.

Contribute to the Narrative

The project aims to involve a large number of European citizens, who are invited to contribute in writing to provide their own vision of a possible new narrative for Europe.

We welcome personal and imaginative assessments and vision of the development of Europe and the evolution of its values and symbols for its citizens. The aim is to offer a creative reflection on the image of Europe and on the commitment and responsibilities of all its stakeholders to strengthen the European integration process.

In particular, everyone wishing to contribute may choose to answer the following questions:

  1. What does Europe mean for me: what should it mean to citizens?
  2. Why do we need a cultural Europe today?
  3. How should the New Narrative for Europe be shared among European citizens?