“Long-term human investment in culture and education must be given equal priority with investment in the economy, infrastructure, security and all other areas seen as crucial to Europe’s global economic competitiveness and stability”, today said Roberto Rampi (Italy, SOC), Vice-Chairman of PACE Sub-committee on culture, diversity and heritage, addressing the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Culture, meeting in Strasbourg today.
“The issue for us politicians today is not only how to make the best use of limited resources, but also how to find a way to ensure that culture and education are given recognition and lasting political priority”, Mr Rampi added.
“Culture is also a security issue in an insecure world. The challenge of extremism and violence cannot be confronted solely through ‘security’ policies”, he underlined. “Cultural institutions offer meeting places and safe spaces for dialogue, communication, and personal development”, Mr Rampi stated.
The Conference was organized in the framework of the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers, The Italian Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini and Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić, delivered the opening speeches together with other high-level representatives. The Ukrainian Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko addressed the conference.