The climax of the European Year of Cultural Heritage took place at the EuropeForCulture closing conference. The event was held in Vienna on 6 and 7 December and was organised in collaboration with the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Commission. The conference aimed at sustaining the commitment to the objectives of the year well beyond 2018 and at capitalising on its achievements for the benefit of future EU policies and actions. It showcased successful projects and discussed the legacy of the year. There was also a session addressing the importance of young people’s participation in preserving and taking responsibility for our cultural heritage.
At the conference, Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport presented the first-ever European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage, reflecting the common set-up for heritage-related activities at European level, primarily in EU policies and programmes. The framework establishes a set of 4 principles and 5 main areas of continued action for Europe’s cultural heritage, to which the EU is contributing. It includes over 60 actions that will be implemented by the European Commission in 2019 and 2020.
The 4 principles of the European Framework for Action on Cultural heritage are:
- A holistic approach, looking at cultural heritage as a resource for the future and putting people at its heart
- Mainstreaming and integrated approach across different EU policies
- Evidence-based policy making, including through cultural statistic
- Multi-stakeholder cooperation, encouraging the dialogue and exchange among a wide range of actors when designing and implementing cultural heritage policies and programmes.
For further information on the European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage, click here