Report from subcommittee
“Globalisation, Business and
What is the ECP? Why was it defined a Parliament?
Parliament = money/power;
Community = undermines the concept;
What’s the EPC’s goal? What should this Parliament produce?
A Parliamentary Assembly has or should have power.
should be an Institution that gives power to culture; From a
pragmatic point of view, the actual ECP doesn’t have any power, but it still
represents an important meeting-place for artists and intellectuals and a
laboratory to create ideas and make proposals.
Talking about a Parliament presupposes the use of “strong
name”, and this is always preferable to using a “weak” one.
If it’s a Parliament where does its’ legitimacy come from? Was it elected by
the people or by another Institution voted by the people?
This ECP was nominated by the Senate, so it has no
legitimacy, but for the next one a legitimacy-mechanism has
already been established. 50% of the parliamentarians could be elected “by the
people”: the Medias of all member countries of the Council of Europe should
provide the name list of the candidates that could be elected threw the national
Medias and also threw the coming ECP web-page. The other 50% would be elected by
the Senate. This would automatically give a certain degree of legitimation to
In this framework, we need to mention also CULTURE LINK,
Croatian organization supported by UNESCO, which does international research in
the fields of culture, politics, building a hyper-culture-network. The ECP could
inspire itself also to the job this organization has done.
The efforts of the ECP should be focused on helping culture gain the
centre of the scene, thanks to the construction of new relationships
with religion, politics, society and media, using communication tools.
It could be preferable to call it HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF
CULTURES; every national and trans-national culture should be
represented in it.
ECP as an Institution “in opposition” to the European Parliament (EP)? Does
this mean that EP is not a “cultural” institution, or an institution “without
Europe identifies itself with culture. European identity is
also involved in the “power game” and it is interesting that culture is or can
become an important element in it.
The next meeting of the ECP should be in St. Petersburg.
What should be the main theme of it? And what If next year there will be a war?
Should we have an attitude pretending to forget that or keep it anyway into
War, if there will be one, would accelerate changes. Anyhow
there are questions we should pose to ourselves in any case: what type of
society do we want to live in today? What society for the future? What is the
role culture should have in it today and in the future?
We must not forget that the society in which new live in
today is in part fruit of TENSION; e.g.: competition between USA and URSS gave
us scientific discoveries, technical and social progress and has also stimulated
the “production” of new ideas.
If there will be a war than we don’t have a problem for the
next meeting, we will have a theme of discussion, but in the case there won’t be
one, as we hope, the problem arises. One interesting theme could be: THE VALUE
OF LIFE. What do we mean for “life”? What is its relationship with culture? Is
culture, as potential mean of creating conflicts and solving them, at the basis
of human life?
Picture of culture: it could be a circle, in the deep centre
of which there are the fundamental values to define.
Every national system has its own set of VALUES and these
transpose themselves at a global level to the creation of NORMS. These are
represented “physically” threw out MANIFESTATIONS: how people speak, think, etc.
Of real values we see only the superficial layer, the external manifestation
such as: architecture, politics, religion, music, philosophy, gastronomy, etc.,
which constitute only a reflection of much deeper concepts.
Art, as manifestation of these “ideas” and “values” has to
be dynamic and open to changes, as ideas and values change; but it must also
have the ability to bring a universal message as “something” always remains
What human beings produce is, on the basis of the above
mentioned, a manifestation of a certain set of values, this is why it is so
important to “come down to these”, focus on them; because if we loose them, we
loose our “basis”, we loose the ground on which we stand.
It is important to stress that we can’t delegate our
solutions to “God”. In our society “God” is dead; but didn’t “He” give us our
values? We could answer to this question; this is the religious God not the
Artists’ God. Art is a God “inside” the artist, not “outside”.
The ECP should be a reflection of these profound values,
built on the “manifestations of culture”.
What are the common values this ECP should pursue?
We can’t define them; they’re the field of the ECP’s