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#FAbdx - Account of the session: Culture: The European awakening – Cross outlooks

Isabel Botelho Leal, Secretary of State for Culture (Portugal), István Íjgyártó, Minister of State for cultural and science diplomacy (Hungary), Bertel Haarder, Minister for Culture and Ecclesiastic Affairs (Denmark), Dace Melbārde, Minister for Culture (Latvia), Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, former French Minister of Culture, and Dr Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari, Cultural adviser to HH Emir of Qatar, and President of UNICTAD XIII (Qatar).

Is culture capable of responding to the barbaric acts that have struck Europe these past months? According to Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, Europe cannot be just a crisis, a problem, borders, and it is urgent that Europe becomes fraternal and based on culture.

In particularly difficult moments, we should not forget that Europe was based on an ideal of peace, as reminded by Isabel Bothelo Leal. Our community has the opportunity to gain strength from the diversity of cultures represented by member states so as to construct a multicultural dialogue summed up by the European slogan “United in diversity”. According to Dace Melbãrde, a European society, more cooperative and unified, will emerge from this multicultural foundation.

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