A Soul for Europe

The aim of A Soul for Europe is to implement concrete steps and conduct projects to ensure that Europe makes greater and better use of its cultural assets. In the process, culture should be utilized more than in the past as a strategic factor for development, at the local, regional, national and European level. All fields of policy beyond the cultural sector, from social to foreign affairs, should include a cultural component. This means that we are lobbying for Europe with the means of culture. We believe that it is possible to create a Europe of the Europeans, rather than just a Europe of institutions and regulations, and that this aim can be implemented based on the potential of European culture. A new understanding of citizenship is required to create Europe from the bottom-up. We need to activate citizens to play a bigger role in creating Europe. From August 2012 until February 2014, the activities of A Soul for Europe are supported by the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union. The Strategy Group, conisting of approx. 50 young Europeans, is responsible for the conceptual development and dissemination of the idea of "A Soul for Europe" through projects and initiatives. It was built up and its work is made possible with the financial support of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

"A Soul for Europe" E.E.I.G.

“A Soul for Europe” has its seat as a European Interest Economic Group (ASfE EEIG) in Brussels. The Board of managers of the EEIG includes Steve Austen, Hugo de Greef and Volker Hassemer (Chairman). The organisational back-up for the initiative’s projects are four offices in Europe hosted by international organisations: Felix Meritis Foundation in Amsterdam, Stiftung Zukunft Berlin, the European House for Culture in Brussels and Setepés in Porto. The Cultural Front Belgrade and the Stichting Caucasus Foundation in Tbilisi are associated partner offices.

"A Soul for Europe" E.E.I.G.

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