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December 1, 2022

EVENT: "Raising Citizens' Awareness on the Importance of Culture in Europe" - 8th December 2022

On the 8th of December 2022 from 15.00 to 18.30 the European Parliament hosts the conference "Raising Citizens' Awareness on the Importance of Culture in Europe", organised by MEPs Alexis Georgoulis and Niyazi Kizilyürek and The Left Group. Following a keynote address of Stella Kyriakides, the European Commissioner for Health, the Culture For Health project will present the main profiles of its scoping review.

By CultureForHealth

Event Description

8th of December  2022| 15.00 – 18.30
European Parliament, Room Spinelli 1G2, Manolis Glezos

We believe that Culture should get higher on the European agenda. We believe that Culture should be horizontally mainstreamed into all European policies.
Why Culture? Because Culture benefits our mental health, health and overall well-being and it is linked with our democracy, economy, politics, digital shift, sustainable development, education, society, and identity. Culture is what makes us unique by keeping us together. Culture is what makes Europe united in diversity.



15.00 – 15.30 Welcome

Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner For Health and Food Safety
Lauriane Bertrand, Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Mariya Gabriel

Importance of Culture on…
15.30 … Mental Health, Health and Wellbeing

Moderator MEP Alexis Georgoulis

Kornelia Kiss, Consortium leader of the Culture4Health EU Preparatory Action
Dr. Zuzana Kocábová, Ph.D. – Head of the Department of Clinical Psychology at Motol University Hospital
Natalie Porias, Managing Director, Red Noses Clowndoctors International, RED NOSES International

16.15 … Bringing Us Together
Moderator MEP Niyazi Kizilyurek

Konstantina Zannou, Professor – University of Columbia
Giulia Barbucci, Vice-President – European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
Virginia Fiume, European Projects Coordinator for Science for Democracy and Co-founder of the citizens movement EUMANS
2-minute statement – (AKEL delegation, Cyprus)

17.15 …Keeping Us Together

Moderator MEP Alexis Georgoulis

Mercedes Acitores, Project Manager: Leader for the Interreg Inclusive Growth Network
Inês Camara, President of Culture Action Europe
Lur Fernandez Salinas, Project Officer for Congress of European Municipalities and Regions CEMR
Louise Haxthausen, Director – UNESCO Liaison office in Brussels
Panos Skouroliakos, MP, Deputy Head of the Department of Culture of the SYRIZA Parliamentary Group, SYRIZA delegation, Greece