New Narrative for Europe The New Narrative is a project designed to give a voice to the artistic, cultural, scientific and intellectual communities to articulate what Europe stands for today and tomorrow. The purpose of this is to contribute to bringing Europe closer to its citizens and reviving a "European" spirit via the arts and sciences. Central to this is the aim to identify a new, encompassing narrative that takes into account the evolving reality of the European continent, as well as highlighting that the EU is not solely about the economy and growth, but also about cultural unity and common values in a globalised world. Europe's core values of human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, and respect for human rights are an essential part of the European project. The initiative is vital to restoring the waning confidence in Europe. A "New Renaissance" is needed, whereby art, science and culture can shape the European Union's current society and lay the foundations for the future. A sustainable future for Europe requires the participation and engagement of all sectors of society. Citizens from all walks of life are invited to engage in this debate about our common future. Culture has an essential role to play in the shaping of the Union's curent and future societies. It is a key principle of the European project, and must remain firmly entrenched in our ideas if we are to succeed in achieving a truly inclusive, just, and diverse union. Responding to the call of the European Parliament and Commission, a group of prominent cultural figures present a declaration entitled "The Mind and Body of Europe"(615 kB) in March 2014. In October 2014 the contributions to the project were published as a book, "The Mind and Body of Europe: A New Narrative ", to provide an accessibile, attracting, and lasting tool to promote continued debate on the issue. The European Parliament has approved a Preparatory Action for 2015, and the Commission will develop a variety of actions with a focus on young people. The engagement of cultural, scientific, and artistic sectors in the ongoing discussion on the many narratives on Europe is to be continued with specific actions taking place in the Member States.