The New European Bauhaus aims to combine design, sustainability, accessibility, affordability and investment in order to help deliver the European Green Deal. The New European Bauhaus is a creative, interactive and interdisciplinary initiative, creating a space of encounter to design future ways of living, located at the crossroads between art, culture, social inclusion, science and technology. The New European Bauhaus is also a participatory project in the spirit of the historical Bauhaus created in 1919, and of the global cultural movement it gave rise to. The New European Bauhaus is a project of hope and perspectives, which is even more meaningful in the current dramatic situation in Ukraine. It brings a cultural and creative dimension to the European Green Deal with a view to enhancing sustainable innovation, technology and economy. With its creative and cultural dimensions, the Bauhaus seeks to build a greener and fairer future for Europe together and to promote a new lifestyle combining sustainability and style, while accelerating the green transition in several aspects of Europeans' daily lives. This cultural movement aims to provide all citizens with access to goods that are circular and less carbon-intensive in their places of living, work, public buildings and housing, thanks to practical experiences that should be promoted as close to citizens as possible, at the level of the area and neighbourhood where they live.
The European Economic and Social Committee is convinced that the participatory approach of the New European Bauhaus is an outstanding opportunity to bring the EU closer to its citizens and their local areas, through appropriate communication and grassroots initiatives. The Committee believes that the sustainability of the process needs to be ensured beyond the institutional cycle. The webinar on "Bauhaus at the service of citizens" aims at inserting the values of services of general interest in relation with social and health services, assistance for the elderly, etc. into the Bauhaus project approach. This does not only concern the building, but also the destination of this building and its insertion in the living environment of European citizens: health services or services for the elderly will not be the same, and in the same buildings. Similarly, the mobility dimension is particularly important for these populations.