The Forum was a great opportunity to reflect on the role culture plays in our foreign policy. This is not just about protecting our cultural heritage: we need to understand that investing in culture fosters growth, can help prevent radicalisation and strengthens our diplomatic networks.
Culture can be the place where people meet and make the most out of their diversity. This is the choice we have made when our Union was founded. We realized that our culture is Greek and Jewish, Roman and Anglo-Saxon, Christian and Arab, Latin and Slavic, French and German, Mediterranean and Scandinavian, religious and secular. It was not isolation, but openness what made Europe such an incredible place. Exchanges made us richer, not weaker. Culture in Europe is always plural – because so many different cultures belong in this continent. European culture is diversity. European culture is distinction, and it is common ground (Federica Mogherini)