Milena DRAGIČEVIĆ ŠEŠIĆ & Corina ŞUTEU
This exercise is exclusively aimed at pointing out a certain number of important issues and basic statements that
influenced the design of cultural cooperation policy in the region in the previous fifteen years; it is far from an
exhaustive analysis; its aim is to challenge and explain the importance of Western European and SE European
cultural policies approach to one another by what the French Euro deputy Olivier Duhamel called in his speech
about the European Convention: “Trying to give up the protective illusions cradled by our certitudes and launch
ourselves in the courage of consensus” (from French original, European Convention debate, 15 May 2003).