In liaison with the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union Les Rencontres will focus on Culture and Sustainable Development. The aim of the network is to make a first specific contribution to the current reflections on these societal and civilizational challenges.
The meeting wants to support creative and innovative policies and projects which are implemented in the urban and rural areas in Europe and aim at a cultural, economic and social development.
"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)