2018 was the European Year of Cultural Heritage. It created the momentum for cultural heritage to be placed higher on the EU’s agenda, through an integrated approach. A new publication by the European Union sets out the European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage. This essential agenda is now available online!
Cultural heritage is a common good passed from previous generations as a legacy for those to come. The European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 aimed at celebrating cultural heritage as a shared resource, raising awareness of a common history and values, and reinforcing a sense of belonging to a common European cultural and political space. The European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage, announced in the new European Agenda for Culture builds on the results of the European Year of Cultural Heritage and ensures its legacy by developing further concrete actions. The Framework for Action promotes and puts into practice an integrated and participatory approach to cultural heritage, and contributes to the mainstreaming of cultural heritage across EU policies. The European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the Committee of the Regions and the Economic and Social Committee support this approach.
The framework proposes around 60 actions be implemented by the European Commission in 2019 and 2020, which focus on five main thematic areas: (1) Cultural heritage for an inclusive Europe: participation and access for all (2) Cultural heritage for a sustainable Europe: smart solutions for a cohesive and sustainable future. (3) Cultural heritage for a resilient Europe: safeguarding endangered heritage (4) Cultural heritage for an innovative Europe: mobilising knowledge and research (5) Cultural heritage for stronger global partnerships: reinforcing international cooperation
"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)