European Year of Intercultural Dialogue
On the basis of a proposal by the Commission, 30 Dec. 2006, the European Parliament and the Council adopted the decision to designate 2008 the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. With a budget of EURO 10 million, the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue will present a wide variety of enriching concrete projects that will be implemented in the framework of EU programs and other Community actions. The Year of Intercultural Dialogue will encourage the mobilisation of civil society and actors at the European, national and local levels. Culture, education, youth, sport and citizenship are the main implementation fields.
This initiative will mainly concentrate on areas where intercultural dialogue is more likely to contribute to “better living” among people living in the European Union. The ever-increasing cultural diversity of our societies means that we need more and more intercultural dialogue.
Intercultural dialogue must involve all dimensions of this cultural diversity existing inside and between Member States. The Year 2008 should focus on the youth and should involve as many individuals as possible. The challenge consists in introducing the dialogue where it matters most, that is to say in schools and education or training fora, at work but also in leisure, cultural, sports centres and civil society organisations.
Do you want to share ideas, present your own experiences and find partners for future projects? You can already register now on the "Partner" section of the website for the 2008 European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.