Doc. 9587

14 October 2002

Creation of the almanac “Euroculture” by the member states of the Council of Europe

Motion for a recommendation

presented by Mr Rafael Huseynov and others

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it

The far-reaching aim of the Council of Europe, uniting 44 countries of our continent, is in the real sense to build a united European family based on such values as peace, democracy and rule of law. In this context science, education and culture play an important role. Forty-four member states of the Council of Europe represent different cultures, but culture is the universal factor bringing together the different nations.

If the Council of Europe provides four times per year (in accordance with its sessions) the publication of the almanac “Euroculture”, this respective organisation will lay the ground in its attempts to unify strongly the Council of Europe itself as well as the European continent. Such a publication in a consistent and periodic way would definitely serve to get to know each European nation better and thus bring the people of Europe closer.

In each issue of the almanac every country is provided with equal space, every country prepares articles concerning its classical cultures, contemporary cultural processes and problems and intercultural exchanges and perspectives. The Council of Europe would compile the prepared parts for the given issue; an article from a prominent cultural figure or statesman as well as the preface on topical problems from the perspective of the Council of Europe would be added.

In view of the experience of Azerbaijan in publishing a range of international magazines this country could be responsible for the co-ordination and the preparation of the publication of this almanac.

The almanac “Euroculture” being the first, large and joint publication of the whole of Europe would also reflect the richness of the cultures and speed up mutual political understanding between the European nations.

The Assembly considers it necessary to discuss and make concrete proposals on the idea of setting-up of an almanac “Euroculture” by the Committee of Science, Education and Culture.

The Assembly appeals to the Committee of Ministers to express its opinion on the issue concerned and to take the relevant steps within its competence towards the implementation of this idea.

Signed (see overleaf)

Signed : 1

Huseynov, Azerbaijan, LDR

Abbasov, Azerbaijan, EDG

Akhvlediani, Georgia, LDR

Aliyev I, Azerbaijan, EDG

Andican, Turkey, EDG

Berisha, Albania, EPP

Budin, Italy, SOC

Čekuolis, Lithuania, LDR

Clerfayt, Belgium, LDR

Cosarciuc, Moldova, LDR

Dreyfus-Schmidt, France, SOC

Goris, Belgium, LDR

Goulet, France, EDG

Gürkan, Turkey, SOC

Holovaty, Ukraine, LDR

Hunault, France, NR

Ibrahimov, Azerbaijan, LDR

Isohookana-Asunmaa, Finland, LDR

Ivanov, Estonia, LDR

Jansson, Finland, LDR

Jaskiernia, Poland, SOC

Judd, United Kingdom, SOC

Kalkan, Turkey, EDG

Korkeaoja, Finland, LDR

Kovalev, Russia, LDR

Kucheida, France, SOC

Lekberg, Sweden, SOC

Mutman, Turkey, SOC

O’Keeffe, Ireland, EPP

Pollozhani, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, EDG

Rakhansky, Ukraine, UEL

Rigoni, Italy, EPP

Schmitz, Germany, EPP

Seyidov, Azerbaijan, EDG

Shakhtakhtinskaya, Azerbaijan, EDG

Škrabalo, Croatia, LDR

Timmermans, Belgium, SOC

Vahtre, Estonia, EPP

Vos, Netherlands, LDR

Zaćiragić, Bosnia and Herzegovina, LDR

1        SOC: Socialist Group

      EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party

      EDG: European Democratic Group

      LDR : Liberal, Democratic and Reformers’ Group

      UEL: Group of the Unified European Left

      NR: not registered in a group