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It’will take place on Tuesday, 1st September 2009 in University College of Cork…
“Europe needs to breathe with its two lungs: its East and its West”. These words, uttered by Pope John-Paul II some years ago, illustrate the importance of listening to the voice of the Irish coming from West. In order to continue to live and develop, the European Union must endeavour to reconcile its peoples, with a new constitution which is acceptable to all.
Certainly, this is not an easy endeavour, but the consequences are so significant that it warrants our complete attention. It is with this in mind that Alliance Française de Cork last year organized the Symposium, “Europe: International Power”, and again this year a Symposium on the subject of “European Citizenship”.
The Symposium, “European Citizenship” which will take place in University College of Cork on Tuesday, the 1st September 2009, aims to bring to the fore the idea of supranational citizenship as well as the rights and responsibilities which this involves. The recognition of this concept is a fundamental first step before deciding upon the course and nature of the future of Europe.
Prominent European thinkers will come together to engage with the public on the many aspects of the European Union, outlining the current socio-economic, environmental and cultural profile of Europe.
This Symposium takes place on the eve of a crucial moment for the new European Union; a Europe where national differences serve to strengthen and enhance European unity. This concept, far from being an abstract ideal, is in fact experienced every day by the Alliance Française network all over the world, in our objective to make cultural difference a positive force in bringing people together. Part of the Alliance Francaise mission is to encourage ‘le débat d’idées, and it is within this context that the present symposium is taking place.
The essence of the matter is perhaps best summed up in the words of Daniel Faucher:
“Europe is too large to be united; yet too small to be divided. Here lies its dual destiny”.