Cultural diversity

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A clear sign of the European Union's commitment to cultural diversity, both within the EU and internationally

In a press release dated December 19, 2006 , the European Commission welcomed the ratification of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression. Mr. Ján Figel, European Commissioner for Education and Culture said: “These ratifications by the Community and the Member States are a clear sign of the EU’s commitment to cultural diversity, both within the EU and at an international level.” The European Commission was keen to stress that “this convention forms the basis of a new pillar of world governance in cultural matters. Its ratification paves the way for enhanced cultural cooperation at the international level, notably through exchanges of views and best practices in public policies to promote cultural diversity.”

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