About the Platform for Intercultural Europe

Mission, Vision and Background


A European membership association with the mission to fulfill the following needs:

  • To develop understanding of the concepts behind intercultural dialogue and action - Read more
  • To provide a space for cross-sectoral engagement, reflection and learning - Read more
  • To represent the experience, insights and needs of those civic actors who promote intercultural dialogue and action - Read more
  • To influence policy-making in the European Union through which national, regional and local policies on diversity and intercultural engagement can improve - Read more

For details of how we turn this mission into reality go to ‘activities’. Follow us on Facebook

For the record of our activities, read our annual reports:

2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 


Our vision is of a European community that values its diverse people and engages in Intercultural Dialogue as a means to enables their free, full and equal participation in society.

  • Free participation: voluntary and accessible without arbitrary barriers or restrictions.
  • Full participation: commitment to investigating low participation, efforts to encourage participation.
  • Equal participation: equal status with regard to the activities and processes, which determine people’s life chances; equal power to set the terms of participation.


A civil society initiative developed in response to the 2008 European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.

In 2006 the European Commission announced that 2008 would be the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. The European Cultural Foundation together with the European Forum for the Arts and Heritage (which later became Culture Action Europe) responded by initiating a civil society platform with the aim of “heightening the impact and effectiveness of the European Year, sharing concepts and practice of intercultural dialogue, working towards integrated strategies for intercultural dialogue, mobilizing the sector to have a voice, contributing to policy analysis and development, and influencing cultural policy-making.”[1]A consortium of six foundations, the “Culture Cluster” in the Network of European Foundations supported the initiative financially in 2007-8. The European Commission welcomed the creation of the civil society platform for intercultural dialogue and involved it in the preparations for and the activities of the European Year for Intercultural Dialogue 2008. At the end of 2008 the platform became a membership association in its own right. From 2009 to 2013 it benefited from annual operating grants under the EU Culture Programme. Since 2008, the Platform has been working to ensure that the legacy of the European Year 2008 is built upon by the EU institutions in particular, but also at other government levels and by civil society organisations.


[1] Communiqué of 26 September 2006.

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