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Gezamenlijk statement Europese ministers van Cultuur

Gezamenlijk statement Europese ministers van Cultuur

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JOINT STATEMENT OF THE MINISTERS OF CULTURE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

On Wednesday 7 January 2015, a terrorist attack on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris killed 12 people, most of them journalists and artists working for the magazine.
Despite regular death threats, they had vowed to continue expressing their freedom to think and to create with humour and talent. They were murdered because they drew and published cartoons.
This unspeakable act was intended to silence them forever, to terminate the publication of the magazine and more broadly, to restrict the freedom to think, to speak and to create. These freedoms are core values of European democracy. They are universal democratic values.
In this time of profound sadness and grief, we, the ministers of culture of the European Union, condemn this senseless barbarity, which attempts to undermine our essential values in the most violent way.
We unanimously express our belief that artistic freedom and freedom of expression stand firm and unflinching at the heart of our common European values. France and her allies in the EU safeguard these values and promote them in the world. We affirm our determination to continue to do so in the future.
We, the ministers of culture of the European Union, do not accept terrorists’ attempts to impose their own standards. Since time immemorial, the arts have been an inspiration for reflection giving rise to new ideas and fighting against intolerance and ignorance. It is the freedom of expression in a culturally diverse environment that brings these ideas into meaningful dialogue.
We, the ministers of culture of the European Union, stand in solidarity to defend the freedom of expression and vow to protect the rights of artists to create freely.

Dace MELB?RDE
Minister for Culture
Holder of Rotating EU Council Presidency
Latvia

Josef OSTERMAYER
Federal Minister for Arts and Culture, Constitution and Media
Austria

Fleur PELLERIN
Minister for Culture and Communication
France

Joëlle MILQUET
Vice Minister President of the French-speaking Community and Minister for Education, Culture and Childhood
Belgium

Jean-Claude MARCOURT
Vice Minister President of the French-speaking Community and Minister for Higher Education, Research and Media
Belgium

Isabelle WEYKMANS
Vice-minister-president of the German-Speaking Community and minister of Culture, Employment and Tourism
Belgium

Sven GATZ
Flemish Minister for Culture, Media, Youth and Brussels
Belgium

Vezhdi RASHIDOV
Minister for Culture
Bulgaria

Prof. Costas KADIS
Minister for Education and Culture
Cyprus

Daniel HERMAN
Minister for Culture
Czech Republic

Ph.D Andrea ZLATAR VIOLI?
Minister of Culture
Croatia

Prof. Monika GRÜTTERS
Minister of State for Culture and Media
Germany

Marianne JELVED
Minister for Culture
Denmark

José Ignacio WERT ORTEGA
Minister for Education, Culture and Sport
Spain

Urve TIIDUS
Minister of Culture
Estonia

Pia VIITANEN
Minister of Culture and Housing
Finland

Zoltán BALOG
Minister of Human Capacities
Hungary

Konstantinos TASOULAS
Minister of Culture and Sports
Hellenic Republic

Heather HUMPHREYS
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Ireland

Dario FRANCESCHINI
Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and of Tourism
Italy

Šar?nas BIRUTIS
Minister for Culture
Lithuania

Maggy NAGEL
Minister for Culture
Luxembourg

Dr. Owen BONNICI
Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government
Malta

Dr. Jet BUSSEMAKER
Minister for Education, Culture and Science
The Netherlands

Sander DEKKER
State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science
The Netherlands

Prof. Ma?gorzata OMILANOWSKA
Minister of Culture and National Heritage
Poland

Jorge Barreto XAVIER
Secretary of State for Culture
Portugal

Ioan VULPESCU
Minister for Culture
Romania

M.Sc. Julijana BIZJAK MLAKAR
Minster for Culture
Slovenia

Marek MA?ARI?
Minister for Culture
Slovak Republic

Alice BAH KUHNKE
Minister for Culture
Sweden

Ed VAIZEY
Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy
United Kingdom



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