The Commission is organising a major European conference on inter-cultural dialogue on 22 and 23 November 2006 in Brussels. The event will explore and identify examples of best practice among projects that have received funding through one of the European Union programmes, such as the Leonardo da Vinci, Socrates, Youth, Civil Society and Culture programmes. The conference will be accompanied by a special exhibition showing the results of 29 star projects from around Europe that are showcases for best practice in promoting inter-cultural understanding in a variety of settings.
Ján Figel’, the European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Multilingualism, said, “I welcome this conference as an important instrument for promoting awareness of the need to improve dialogue between the many parts that make up our diverse societies in the EU. The outcomes from this conference will feed directly into the work planned for the forthcoming European Year for Inter-cultural Dialogue in 2008. It is also my hope that the accompanying exhibition of examples of best practice will serve to inspire further excellent work in the field.”
The 300 conference delegates from around Europe will exchange views and experiences with a wide selection of experts and prominent personalities in the field. Taking part will be stakeholders, promoters of projects and initiatives, political decision-makers and actors concerned with integrating intercultural dialogue in the workplace, in education and training, and in all aspects of daily life. However, the emphasis will be very much on opening the event to as wide an audience as possible, especially to young people.
The conference will cover the following issues:
• How can intercultural dialogue work in practice?
• How can dialogue between European citizens of different cultures improve the quality of their lives at work, during their studies, as well as more generally?
• How can we increase the visibility of initiatives carried out with the support of Community funding?
• How can we identify useful models for projects that could be supported in the future by Community action programmes, especially in the light of the 2008 European Year for Inter-cultural Dialogue? How can we ensure that initiatives from the European Year have a lasting impact?
• What means and structures help to promote knowledge of good results and thereby increase their impact? How can we better exploit examples of best practice?
The accompanying exhibition showcasing examples of best practice in inter-cultural dialogue will run from 21 to 24 November 2006. The 29 selected projects show how the subject of intercultural dialogue has already been addressed in different settings.