In CEJI's vision, the various cultures that make up Europe today bring to the continent a richness that needs to be cherished. Recognising this enhances the respect people have for each other.
Intercultural dialogue is a core value and practice which is integrated into all of CEJI’s work, best described by the European Institute for Comparative Cultural Research (ERICarts Institute):
Intercultural dialogue is a process that comprises an open and respectful exchange or interaction between individuals, groups and organisations with different cultural backgrounds or world views. Among its aims are: to develop a deeper understanding of diverse perspectives and practices; to increase participation and the freedom and ability to make choices; to foster equality; and to enhance creative processes.
Interfaith and intercultural dialogue, which are crucial in fostering this respect, are key aspects of CEJI's work. The dialogue approach is particularly pertinent to relations between Muslim and Jewish communities, which have been greatly affected by the volatile political climate of recent years. Jewish and Muslim people find themselves not only as perceived enemies but also as possible partners with a common religious and historical base and shared experiences of discrimination. Fostering dialogue and understanding between both communities is therefore essential.