Wednesday, 27 April 2016

FUNDING CULTURAL HERITAGE IN EUROPE:



Upon invitation of the European Investment Bank Institute (EIB), the governing bodies of Europa Nostra met on 27-28 November 2015 in Luxembourg on the occasion of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This Policy Conference was organised in the framework of the network project 'Mainstreaming Heritage', which has the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. A policy session on "Funding Cultural Heritage in Europe" was held on 27 November at the EIB headquarters and was introduced by Maggy Nagel, Minister of Culture of Luxembourg and Acting President of the EU Council of Ministers. Minister Nagel welcomed the discussion on the vital issue of funding of cultural heritage in Europe and Luxembourg. She also presented the results of the EU Council of Ministers meeting of 24 November, placing a special focus on the Council Conclusions on Culture in the EU's external relations. She reiterated the crucial role that cultural heritage has to play in favour of social integration, and in promoting respect and tolerance between various communities; hence the support of the EU Council of Ministers for the proposed European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 under the proposed motto "Sharing Heritage". The EIB support and funding for cultural heritage comes as good news and it is hoped that heritage in Ireland will see continued benefits as a result. Certainly the Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018 is one to look forward to. For more information on developments regarding heritage in Europe visit www.europanostra.org.

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