Barcelona, 27-28-29 January 2005
A project financed by the European Commission,
Directorate General for Education and Culture, Civil Society
The project “Europe’s Diasporas & European Citizenship”, funded by the European Commission, has been part of a special action in order to support discussions conducted by players in civil society on subjects relating to European integration and the Constitutional Treaty of the Union.
The project was furthermore generously co-funded by the Heinrich Böll Foundation.
Picture from the conference, session 2: European and Member Statesí conceptions of citizenship and their implications for diasporas. From left: Prof. Gergely, Dr Marchand, Baron Nothomb, Mr Venables, Prof. Puigvert
The project consisted in:
1. the organisation of an academic and policy-oriented conference to discuss the place of European Diasporas in the on-going debate on European Citizenship
2. the wide dissemination of the conference’s results
Preparatory partnersí meeting Barcelona, September 2004
Post Press Release
Diasporas: a Vanguard for Europe?
The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation organised, from January 27 to 29, 2005, an international conference in Barcelona on the subject of “Europe’s Diasporas and European Citizenship”. The conference was organised in partnership with ECAS, CISC – University of Barcelona, AGBU, Union Romani-Barcelona, and FYME.
Although European and even international by nature, diasporas as such usually take no significant part in the major debates on European integration. Against this background, the Barcelona conference brought together academics, civil society organisations, specialists of European citizenship and public officials to discuss diasporas’ participation in the process of European integration, and the contribution they can make to the establishment of a genuine European citizenship.
The conference’s conclusions defined diasporas, and indeed diasporas of Europe, as enduring networks and transnational communities with a strong attachment to Europe. Organisations present included some that were associated with the Jewish, Armenian, Roma and Greek diasporas.
The conference conclusions also stressed, for the benefit of European decision-makers, the cultural erosion and other pressures which the diasporas of Europe are submitted to, as well as the opportunities which are open to them, whether in developing their cultural heritage, developing social networks across national borders, or contributing to the process of European integration.
One of the topics tackled concerned the contribution which Diasporas can make in giving substance to European citizenship. Tony Venables, Director of the European Citizen Action Service, thus considers that, in view of their multiple identities and of their experience of different cultures, diasporas ought to be considered the “vanguard of Europe”.
Brussels, February 2005
Picture from the conference, session 4: Presence at the European political level. From left: Mr Ramirez-Heredia, Dr Garcia, Mr Tavitian
Click here to visit the website of the project!
You can find a comprehensive documentation of the conference, including:
- the Conference Proceedings
- presentation of Speakers
- the Barcelona Declaration on the Diasporas of Europe
- more information and related links
The project “Europe’s Diasporas & European Citizenship” is a European project organised by the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation (IYMF) and its partners and collaborators:
- European Citizens Action Service (ECAS) www.ecas.org
- Research Centre on Citizenship and Civil Society (CISC) – University of Barcelona www.pcb.ub.es/homePCB/live/ct/p1009.asp
- The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) www.agbu.org
- Union-Romani, Barcelona http://www.unionromani.org/
- Fundación Yehudi Menuhin España (FYME) http://www.fundacionmenuhin.org/
Funding – Support:
“Europe’s Diasporas & European Citizenship” is funded by the European Commission,and co-sponsored by the Heinrich Boell Foundation.
We would also like to warmly thank:
- the European Parliament Office in Barcelona,
- the Generalitat of the City of Barcelona, and
- the Generalitat of Catalunya, for their kind help and support.
This project was funded by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Education and Culture, sector of “Partnerships with civil society”.
Sole responsibility for any publication or communication with regard to this project lies with the author. The Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information therein.