This was for the first time that such an event was being held at the European Parliament, an Art of living release here said.
The inaugural ceremony was attended by among others Her Highness the Begum Aga Khan, Belgian Senator John Marie Edeker, Member of European Parliament Erika Mann, former prime minister of Netherlands Rudd Lubbers, ace musician Peter Mafay and many other members of the European Parliament.
In his inaugural speech, Sri Sri said ''ethics is the common thread that unites all fields of life. Devoid of spirituality, religion breeds terrorism, business breeds greed and exploitation, politics breeds corruption and sports and entertainment turns into stress.'' Terming it one medicine that takes care of all illnesses, Sri Sri said, ''spirituality will liberalise politics, socialise business and secularise religion. If business can ensure that values are maintained in society, then nothing else can take it away. Ethical values in business can help people become socially responsible,'' he said.
Impressed by the success of the symposium, the European Parliament had offered to host the symposium next year too. On the occasion, the first Ethics Award for Global Governance, instituted by Corporate Culture and Spirituality, was presented to the Tata Group.
Mr T R Doongarji, Managing Director, Tata Services received the award on behalf of Tata Group, the release said.
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