Cultural tolerance ‘is not enough,’ says EU culture commissioner

Jan Figel, the EU’s Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture, and Youth asserted that tolerance of different cultures is no longer enough, and that Europeans should create an inter-cultural society for interaction across cultural boundaries as a new norm. Figel said: “We want to go beyond multi-cultural societies, where cultures and cultural groups simply coexist side by side: mere tolerance is not enough any more.” European officials announced recent plans to be held in member countries to showcase the interaction of cultures, histories on European immigration and cross-border relations, deepening of religions, and dialogue of solidarity among all EU citizens.