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Identities and diversity within intercultural societies

Motion for a resolution | Doc. 13016 | 13 September 2012

Mr Carlos COSTA NEVES, Portugal, EPP/CD ; Ms Deborah BERGAMINI, Italy, EPP/CD ; Ms Gülsün BİLGEHAN, Turkey, SOC ; Mr Mevlüt ÇAVUŞOĞLU, Turkey, EDG ; Mr Boriss CILEVIČS, Latvia, SOC ; Mr Paolo CORSINI, Italy, SOC ; Ms Ismeta DERVOZ, Bosnia and Herzegovina, EPP/CD ; Mr Arcadio DÍAZ TEJERA, Spain, SOC ; Mr Şaban DİŞLİ, Turkey, EPP/CD ; Mr Joseph FALZON, Malta, EPP/CD ; Corina FUSU, Republic of Moldova, ALDE ; Mr Valeriu GHILETCHI, Republic of Moldova, EPP/CD ; Mr Andreas GROSS, Switzerland, SOC ; Ms Elvira KOVÁCS, Serbia, EPP/CD ; Ms Muriel MARLAND-MILITELLO, France, EPP/CD ; Mr João Bosco MOTA AMARAL, Portugal, EPP/CD ; Mr Giacomo SANTINI, Italy, EPP/CD ; Mr Leander SCHÄDLER, Liechtenstein, EPP/CD ; Mr Luca VOLONTÈ, Italy, EPP/CD ; Mr Piotr WACH, Poland, EPP/CD

While the tendency to preserve cultural identities seems to gain strength (and this has consequences both in terms of political messages and national policies, but also in terms of behaviours of communities that may lead to their isolation/segregation), our societies are also experiencing the emergence of plural (or “composite”) identities, namely among the youngest generations.

Youth is more easily exposed to influence of different cultural matrices (e.g. due to “contaminations” within mixed families and within schools). The Parliamentary Assembly could discuss this societal change and the adjustments that could be required in the design of education (including teachers’ training) and youth and social cohesion policies to take it into account.

In so doing, the Assembly would contribute to the Council of Europe action in the field of “living together”.