Media advisory - 015(2009)

Strasbourg, 25.02.2009

Roundtable on “Intercultural Cities”: the Congress vision for an innovative local policy

Date: Wednesday, 4 March as from 3:15 pm, in the framework of the Plenary Session of the Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities

Location: Hemicycle of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg (France)

Description: The “Intercultural Cities Programme” includes experience and best practice from 12 European pilot cities(*) with regard to the management of diverse populations as a source of innovation, growth and social progress rather than an obstacle or threat. It introduces the concept of inter-culturalism, which upholds cultural pluralism within the scope of common values, in particular human rights and fundamental freedoms.

This project, which is an action programme between the Council of Europe and the European Commission, is the subject of a recommendation and a resolution that the Congress is due to adopt at the end of the round table. In addition, on the occasion of this debate, the intercultural dimension of the Urban Charter II - a new policy paper of the Congress for modern urbanity - will be presented by the rapporteur Carlos Alberto Pinto (Portugal, EPP-CD).

Heinz Buschowsky, Mayor of Berlin-Neukölln (Germany),
Adam Wasilewski Mayor of Lublin (Poland),
Dmytro Sychov, Mayor of Melitopol (Ukraine),
Graziano Delrio, Mayor of Reggio Emilia (Italy),
Thomas Facchinetti, Commissioner for Foreign Nationals of the Canton of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) and
Georges Kepenekian, deputy Mayor of Lyon (France)

will participate in the roundtable debate.

More information:,

Communication Division of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Tel: +33 (0)3 90 21 49 36
Fax:+33 (0)3 88 41 27 51

(*) The following cities are involved in the network: Berlin-Neukölln (Germany), Craiova (Romania), London-Greenwhich (UK), Izhevsk (Russian Federation), Lublin (Poland), Lyon (France), Melitopol (Ukraine), Neuchâtel (Switzerland), Oslo (Norway), Patras (Greece), Reggio Emilia (Italy), Subotica (Serbia).