ECMI participates in conference on cultural diversity in the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, Hungary

On 25 November 2010, ECMI Director Tove Malloy participated in a conference organized by the Hungarian parliament in preparation for the Hungarian Presidency in the first half of 2011. The Conference “Heritage for the Future” had the specific aim to begin a process to define inherited cultural diversity in the EU. It is the ambition of the oncoming Hungarian EU Presidency to define and present inherited cultural diversity in Europe as we know it as well as to explore the future possibilities of cultural diversity. In a number of parallel sessions, the participants discussed majority and minority approaches to cultural diversity in both member and future associated states.

Dr. Malloy presented a paper in a section on the economic aspects of inherited cultural diversity. Her paper titled, “Acknowledging the economic potential of cultural diversity: the case of national minorities” focused on the contribution of national minorities to European integration in the 21st century, in particular the contribution of these minorities in the economic sector. Seeking to demonstrate that cultural diversity in terms of national minorities has an economic potential, Dr. Malloy argued that cultural diversity is not, as often believed, a burden to society. The argument was supported by a discussion of examples from the Report “Competence Analysis” published by the European Academy Bolzano/Bozen in 2008. The Report provided a study of the competencies of the national minorities in the Danish-German border region which had relevance for the economic development of the border region. For a copy of the Report, see here.

Dr. Malloy’s paper forms part of a research effort to assess national minority citizenship in Europe within ECMI’s research cluster on “Citizenship and Ethics”.

Place and Date: Budapest, 25 November 2010
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