Federica Mogherini:  “A church can have a huge symbolic power”

Federica Mogherini: “A church can have a huge symbolic power”

High representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, attended the European Culture Forum in Brussels on 20 April, to talk about the work she is doing with Commissioner Tibor Navracsics on the first-ever EU strategy on cultural diplomacy. The Forum was a great opportunity to reflect on the role culture plays in our foreign policy.

Mogherini said: “In many civil wars a church, or a bridge can have a huge symbolic power. Their protection and reconstruction is at times linked to reconciliation, the rebuilding of trust and the respect for different identities”.

“When discussing with the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo I witnessed that cultural heritage is above all about respecting history and protecting cultural and religious identity”.

Read the full text of the speech

 

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