ACTIVITIES 2005 - European Academy of Sciences and Arts

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ACTIVITIES 2005 - European Academy of Sciences and Arts

generation will be inspired to better understand cultural, ethical and consensual

values to build a sustainable future.

In 2005 the Budapest Round Table was organised by the Hungarian Section

of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and Gilbert Fayl. The latter

conceived the idea and elaborated the concept.

The discussions focused on the challenges today’s younger generation will

meet and their related intellectual and moral responsibilities. Outstanding

students and international experts participated. They issued the “Budapest

Memorandum: The European Way in the 21 st Century – Our Message to

the Future”. In an official ceremony the Memorandum was handed to Professor

Ferenc Mádl, President of Hungary. Subsequently, the Memorandum

and the DVD were transmitted to various Rector Conferences and highschools

and universities, as well as to the European Parliament and European

Commission.

Vll. Formulating advice

As appropriate, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts formulates advice

/ declarations on current burning issues and transmits these to relevant

EU- and national political leaders. The most recent deliberations were:

- the “Reaction to the Conclusion of the Brussels European council, 15/16

December 2005” that notes that the funding allocated by the EU leaders

for research for the period 2007 - 2013 is considerably below the level requested

by the European Commission and is inadequate to boost Europe’s

competitiveness. The Academy invites the EU leaders to compensate for

this within the agreed Financial Perspective. Structural Funds must be

specifically used to support R&D related initiatives. This would be particularly

important for the new EU Member States and especially for the

States in the stage of pre-accession.

- The declaration “Political Obligations and Moral Duty” issued on the occasion

of the “World Science Day for Peace and Development”. The declaration

stresses that economically strong and competitive European Un-

i ion could help develop the indigenous scientific and innovation potential

of less developed regions in Europe and beyond. To be able to fulfil its

political obligations and moral duties, the European Union must receive

adequate research funding.

- The declaration “Protect Variety” that notes that cultural pride, diversity

and historical awareness are the pillars upon which the future of Europe

rests. Linguistic diversity is an essential element in maintaining cultural

heritage in Europe. This highlights the importance of all European minority

languages. The Academy invites the EU member states to allow for

specific and regional cultural diversity in their respective countries. The

steady decrease in the use of European minority languages must be reversed

before they become extinct.

VIII. European Culture

This noble task is directed mainly by Eugen Biser, Munich. His mission is

to begin to establish and foster the bedrock for a conscience of our culture

by unearthing constitutive notions that underpin the European Idea.

The European Culture has participated in several discussions and meetings

under the leadership of Eugen Biser:

1. “Zwei Wege – ein Ziel? Die Theologie der Zukunft und das Musiktheater

der Gegenwart”, Munich, April 5 th , 2005.

2. „Der Gestaltwandel des Atheismus“, Munich, April 8 th , 2005.

3. “Forum for Believers and Nonbelievers”, Munich April 8 th and

September 26 th , Munich.

4. „Was können wir hoffen? – Überlegungen zum neuen Pontifikat

Benedikt XVI.“, Munich, May 9 th , 2005.

5. „Das zweite Vatikanum – vierzig Jahre danach“, Munich, June

20 th , 2005.

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