The network is the intermediary between European and Mediterranean citizens for consultations, organised in the form of public debates and questionnaire surveys. These consultations discuss the role of culture in different policies. The EUROMEDINCULTURE Network, drawing on the wealth of information in these citizen surveys and the profusion of ideas and proposals, supplies politicians with decision-making tools. Indeed, the combination of the opinions of these thousands of citizens is translated into recommendations which are passed on to public institutions in order to influence their cultural policies.
In 2010 and 2009, the member organisations of EUROMEDINCULTURE offered citizens the chance of participating in the drafting of future European policy for culture; promoting diversity, intercultural dialogue, the importance of culture as a catalyst for economic growth and employment, and as an indispensable element in relations with countries outside the European Union.
Nearly 50,000 Questionnaires Distributed; 3,300 Participants in 42 Discussions
Several thousand people not only from Europe, but also from around the Mediterranean (Albania, Germany, Great Britain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, and Slovenia), responded and expressed their opinions on these subjects which are central to the shaping of Europe and are too often absent from policies.
The exceptional value of these studies and of the ideas exchanged is due to the fact that these citizen consultations were carried out in more than ten countries. The results have shown numerous common points in the responses, and plenty of proposals to put forward.
The synthesis of the opinions of these thousands of citizens, called “Recommendations” (downloadable from this website), and presented to European institutions, is a genuine political decision-making tool which leads to concrete proposals.
More Culture to Shape Europe
On the basis of observations and thoughts resulting from these discussions and these questionnaires, EUROMEDINCULTURE now invites European institutions to take these recommendations into consideration and to integrate them into their future policies.