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EU Cultural Diplomacy gives ‘human face’ to cooperation with Tunisia

07/04/2015 - 00:00
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The European Union and Tunisia are united in solidarity and partnership following the terrorist attacks in Tunisia’s Bardo Museum. High Representative/ Vice President Federica Mogherini declared “it is the EU’s responsibility to accompany the construction of a strong Tunisian democracy, guaranteeing security, economic development and social progress for all Tunisians. Tunisia can count on the EU.”

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The attacks underlined the common threat terrorism poses to peoples everywhere and the need to work together even more closely to tackle this danger. The death and destruction wreaked in the Bardo attacks were also an insult on centuries of common cultural heritage that links people on both sides of the Mediterranean. This is why part of the common response lies in deepening the cultural ties that bind Europe and Tunisia. 

 One example of the EU’s cultural diplomacy is the exhibition "The SFAX Project" currently on display at the European External Action Service’s headquarters in Brussels. The exhibition brings together the works of photographers from Europe and the Maghreb portraying the diverse cultural heritage and traditions of the Sfax World Heritage Site. In her opening address High Representative/Vice President Mogherini said the exhibition contributed to giving a "human face" to the partnership between the European Union and Tunisia, portraying the rich culture and beauty of Tunisia as well as the reality of day to day life in the country.

The High Representative inaugurated the exhibition together with her Tunisian counterpart, foreign minister Taieb Baccouche, at the occasion of the EU-Tunisia Association Council to underline that in addition to deep political ties and EU support for the reform processes in Tunisia, the partnership between the EU and Tunisia is deeply rooted in a common history and culture.
Throughout its political transition, the EU has stood by Tunisia by supporting the political process and through increased financial cooperation. Cultural diplomacy forms an essential part of how the European External Action Service engages with partners around the world.

Read more about The EU's relations with the Republic of Tunisia