Chairman: Krzysztof Michalski

The project on the spiritual and cultural dimension of Europe was initiated by the President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi. It was centered around a Reflection Group chaired by Krzysztof Michalski and discussed the values of Europe and the ways in which these might be considered important building blocks for the future unity of Europe.

The project aimed at highlighting the most significant developments of today’s Europe – the enlargement process, political reform and the setting up of a common European constitutional order – in respect of their cultural preconditions, as well as their predictable impact on future European identity patterns. As a result of these developments Europe is to become a coherent whole, based on shared values, ambitions, projects, rules and institutions. It has therefore become a matter of great concern to reconsider the intellectual foundations of Europe, the common set of ideas and beliefs that constitute its identity, and the ways in which European values could be reflected in the social, economic, legal and institutional frameworks of the enlarged Union. With the European Commission’s support, the Group repeatedly met with experts to discuss a wide range of issues.

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