Conference's objectives

Although Europe is ethnically and culturally diverse, legislation, administration and education in European states lack the functional tools and goal-oriented competencies necessary for constructing multiculturalism. Still today, ethnic and cultural minorities are handled in the margins of society.
The Conscience of Europe conference can be described as a strong and focused statement regarding the necessity of reforming the EU’s policies of multiculturalism, with particular emphasis on the need to reform educational, cultural and related policies. The future is based on young people striving ahead from cultural identity. Social and political values and an understanding of civilization and morals are needed.
The conference assembled influential decision-makers, leading cultural figures and representatives of research to engage in an intercultural dialogue for building a better Europe. With this event, the Drom association wanted open up new contacts and areas and to underline that in order to achieve change in fundamental structures and attitudes, policies of multiculturalism must also be pursued at the overall European and EU levels.
At the conference, Cultural Counsellor Veijo Baltzar presented his proposals for reforming the European Union’s policies of multiculturalism. The proposal consists of a total of 24 specific proposed measures as a basis for legislative work at the level of the EU and its member states. Veijo Baltzar felt that reform of education by applying the methods of Intercultural Experiential Education that he has developed would provide an opportunity to build functioning, equitable multiculturalism in the Europe of the future.
The proposals call for true egalitarianism instead of so-called equality and tolerance. In the future, Europe must recognize the multicultural dimension in education, law, administration and political decision-making. In order to achieve this, minority quotas are needed in working life, administration and teaching in institutes of higher education.
The conference was commended for its multidisciplinary approach and wide range of different perspectives. Baltzar’s proposals raised a lot of discussion, and at the same they received widespread support. In his summary of the proceedings, former Finnish Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen stated that the high-level decision-makers and researchers participating in the conference had largely adopted the ideas put forth by Veijo Baltzar and had committed themselves to helping them forward on their behalf.

The Conscience of Europe project was targeted to a large audience including politicians, academic world, cultural sector, officials, school pupils and university students. In the conference and its complementary events took part ambassadors and representatives of the following Embassies: Germany, France, Hungary, Czech Republic, Estonia, Slovakia, Italy, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Lithuania, Serbia, Greece, Albania, and Bulgaria.