Mission Statement 2017-10-12T17:41:27+00:00

Mission Statement

A Soul for Europe: Culture, Citizenship, Democracy

A Soul for Europe connects and mobilises citizens and democratic institutions across Europe, fostering a sense of responsibility for the future of Europe and democracy through culture. We connect communities in order to build a common European public space and a culture of proactive citizenship.

In our work, we link all levels of governance with change-makers from the cultural field and civil society, developing projects that ensure Europe makes dynamic use of its cultural assets and creative potential. To realize these projects we work in three core areas: Culture and Citizenship, Cities for Europe, and Culture in a Global World. In our experience, these areas, and the projects we have developed within them, have demonstrated beyond any doubt that culture is a central strategic factor in sustaining and deepening democratic development across the local, regional, national and European levels.

Strategy Group

The heart of the “A Soul for Europe” initiative is the Strategy Group: more than 40 civil-society representatives from over 20 countries from the cultural, political, business, research and media sectors. The Strategy Group is responsible for the conceptual development and dissemination of the idea of “A Soul for Europe” through projects and initiatives.

The link between civil society and the European Parliament

The initiative is supported by an influential Advisory Board chaired by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament. Other members include Joachim Rogall (Chairman of the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Board of Management), Erhard Busek (Chairman of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe) and a number of former and current Members of the European Parliament from different countries and political parties. With the Berlin Conference Steering Committee within the Advisory Board, we continually develop the Berlin Conference. Members are current and former parliamentarians Maria Badia i Cutchet, Tanja Fajon, Monica Frassoni, Jo Leinen, Morten Lokkegaard, Doris Pack, Hans-Gert Pöttering, Hannes Sowboda and Secretary-General of the EP, Klaus Welle.

Who assumes responsibility for Europe? Bernhard Schneider thinks it's on us, the citizens. Join the debate @ https://t.co/UsuSE68f0p #asfe17

Every week a new European shows his or her perspective on Europe from their city at @wseuropa's Instagram, This week: @KitHolden #FollowNow!

Cities are 're-municipalising' essential public services - @daphnepia from @EuroAlter wrote about it on https://t.co/h7Mw5QmE6W #ASfE17

In Tbilisi 60 young Georgians imagined the future and discussed how they can shape their country as citizens.

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We put together some Tweets on “Forum Aberdeen: My Culture, Your Politics” in a collection at ⚡️https://t.co/BEHs7A8F3h thanks @ABDNPIRSoc!

"New Stories for Europe?" Register now for our fishbowl discussion at #asfe17. w/ Priya Basil, @daphnepia @IvanaSajko @si_schr and you. https://t.co/TFZrhWBkFs

What can citizens, cities and states do for our climate? Read the article by @MepMCramer on https://t.co/NL5m5xjywy #asfe17 #WirSindEuropa

How do we empower people to act as responsible citizens?
Paul Dujardin stresses the importance of art: https://t.co/JrcdzEUMkm #asfe17

Participamos en la organización de la Conferencia @asoulforeurope que se celebrará el 10 y 11 de noviembre (Berlín). https://t.co/zhmE9Oc7FU

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Mission Statement

A Soul for Europe: Culture, Citizenship, Democracy

A Soul for Europe connects and mobilizes citizens and democratic institutions across Europe, fostering a sense of responsibility for the future of Europe and democracy through culture. We connect communities in order to build a common European public space and a culture of proactive citizenship.

In our work, we link all levels of governance with change-makers from the cultural field and civil society, developing projects that ensure Europe makes dynamic use of its cultural assets and creative potential. To realize these projects we work in three core areas: Culture and Citizenship, Cities for Europe, and Culture in a Global World. In our experience, these areas, and the projects we have developed within them, have demonstrated beyond any doubt that culture is a central strategic factor in sustaining and deepening democratic development across the local, regional, national and European levels.

Strategy Group

The heart of the “A Soul for Europe” initiative is the Strategy Group: more than 40 civil-society representatives from over 20 countries from the cultural, political, business, research and media sectors. The Strategy Group is responsible for the conceptual development and dissemination of the idea of “A Soul for Europe” through projects and initiatives.

The link between civil society and the European Parliament

The initiative is supported by an influential Advisory Board chaired by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament. Other members include Joachim Rogall (Chairman of the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Board of Management), Erhard Busek (Chairman of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe) and a number of former and current Members of the European Parliament from different countries and political parties. With the Berlin Conference Steering Committee within the Advisory Board, we continually develop the Berlin Conference. Members are current and former parliamentarians Maria Badia i Cutchet, Tanja Fajon, Monica Frassoni, Jo Leinen, Morten Lokkegaard, Doris Pack, Hans-Gert Pöttering, Hannes Sowboda and Secretary-General of the EP, Klaus Welle.