The Conscience of Europe
"The National Museum of Finland has for the first time ever given an opportunity to a national minority, the Roma, to tell their own story with the focuses they themselves consider important."
– Helena Edgren, Director General
Results of the project
The Conscience of Europe represented a unique occasion, as European ministers and leading politicians had come to discuss multicultural policies and their reform to events hosted by a cultural actor with a minority background. The Conscience of Europe conference issued 24-item set of proposals for reforming European policies of multiculturalism.
The sustainable and fruitful interaction that was born with high-ranking Finnish and European decision-makers and academics in the project provided reassurance that it is possible to strive jointly in Europe towards true egalitarianism.
Veijo Baltzar's legislative proposals were sent to EU Commissioner Viviane Reding, who forwarded them to Walter Zampieri, head of the unit for culture policy and intercultural dialogue of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. Zampieri noted that Baltzar's proposal bear a highly important and valuable message. He regarded them to be a most useful contribution to reflections currently under way within the European Commission on those issues. In his statement, referring to Veijo Baltzar's and Drom's activity, Zampieri writes:
"With regard to cultural policies, it is my strong belief that intercultural dialogue and cultural activity can be highly effective in building cohesive societies where everyone is respected, valued and where all can contribute fully. It can also be a powerful antidote to tensions that may arise in society as they allow for peaceful and creative self-expression and for exposure to other ways of life in non-antagonistic context."