Statement of Lisboa
Wednesday 31 May 2017

LIKE was in Lisbon for the second act of its [R]evolutionLa Rencontre de Lisboa - What kind of cooperation for culture?

With more than 50 participants of 15 nationalities, 18 high-profile speakers (including the Minister of Culture of Portugal and the Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions ! ), 8 presentations of projects and 2 presentations of cultural strategies by the City of Lisboa and the City of Almada, two members of our networks, LIKE is very thankful to all those who have made this event a true success. Thank you all so much for making this an informative, debative and inspirational event !

La Rencontre de Lisboa has demonstrated the need, logics and added-value of European cultural cooperation, and LIKE is looking forward to continuing this first step with further common reflections and projects. As you will read in our Statement of Lisbon below, LIKE wants to put cooperation back at the heart of its work - and the ways in which our network will be engaging with cooperation in the future will be further discussed during our General Assembly in Berlin. Just a short reminder : in Berlin, our members will be called on to express their wishes with the future roadmap of LIKE (2017-2020), and will be expected to vote accordingly for the renewal of our Board. Before so, there are still 3 remaining [R]evolutionary events: Le Rendez-vous de Leeds, at the end of this month; Le Rendez-Vous d'Aarhus, mid-September, and Le Rendez-vous de Paris, in October. Chairman, Board members and the team of LIKE : we are all looking forward to your contributions!

Statement of Lisboa

Gathered in Lisbon and Almada (Portugal) from May, 24th to 26th 2017 for the second event of its [R]evolution La Rencontre de LisboaWhat kind of cooperation for culture ?”, the network of European cities and regions for culture, LIKE:

Taking into account the lessons learned during “
La Rencontre de Bruxelles – What kind of Europe for the future?” (8-10/02/2017) and considering the necessity for LIKE to redefine its missions, the network of European cities and regions for culture has wished to propose approaches to fight against ambient Euroscepticism. During these three days, LIKE has been able to stand up for cooperation through three distinct times - territorial cooperation, intersectoral cooperation and cultural cooperation and the culture of cooperation – thanks to the contributions of 18 high-profile speakers during an event made possible by the active participation of the Municipality of Lisboa, the Municipality of Almada, the Serra Henriques Foundation and the Taskforce Crossborder Culture of the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR). Following these exchanges, LIKE – the network of European cities and regions for culture,

  • its involvement toward a democratic and cultural Europe rooted in territories at the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome,
  • that culture is the basis for social progress,
  • that Europe could not have been able to develop without, at its foundation, the desire of cooperation,

And thanking the Portuguese Government and Committee of Regions of the European Union for having demonstrated their support toward actors of European cultural cooperation, with the contributions by Mister Luis Filipe Castro Mendes, Minister of Culture of Portugal, and Mister Karl-Heinz Lambertz, Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions, at the occasion of this event,
  • Considering,
  • that cooperation and mutualisation are indispensable in the current economic and budgetary context,
  • that territorial diversity remains a strength of the European project,
  • that cooperation and democracy can not fully exist the one without the other,
  • that cultural cooperation must therefore include every territory and the citizens who live there,
  • and that European cooperation, more particularly cultural cooperation, reinforces the links between territories and between European peoples,

LIKE calls on
  • Leaders of Member-States of the European Union, in their reflexions about the future of Europe, to renew and reinforce European cohesion policies and to include all territories within their width,
  • The European Commission to integrate culture as a strategic priority in the perspective of its work on the drafting of the next programming period of European cohesion policies,
  • The Committee of Regions to work proactively with the actors of European cultural cooperation (European networks, civil society actors) towards this goal,
  • Actors of European cultural cooperation to encourage the implementation of people to people cooperation projects,
  • Local and regional authorities to unite with LIKE in this crucial fight for the peoples and the territories of Europe.
Statement voted unanimously
Lisbon, May 26th 2017