Intercultural cities: governance and policies for diverse communities

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Managed by the Council of Europe and the European Commission, the “Intercultural cities” project aims at strengthening and improving the management of intercultural diversity by European cities.

According to the Council of Europe, “The genuine intercultural city cannot emerge from disconnected initiatives or small-scale policy changes. It can only be the result of a shared vision and the concerted efforts of a range of institutional and civil society stakeholders”. This project gathered 11 pilot cities, including two Efus members, Reggio Emilia (Italy), and Lyon (France). Those cities evaluated their governance and political strategies, while developing global strategies for cultural integration. From 2011 onwards the network will open up to new cities, among which another member of the Efus, Lisbon (Portugal).