European Policy Debate culminates with presentation of Berlin Call to Action
The European Policy Debate “Sharing Heritage – Sharing Values”, which was held on 22 June in Berlin during the first ever European Cultural Heritage Summit, culminated with the presentation of the Berlin Call to Action “Cultural Heritage for the Future of Europe”. Europe’s high-level decision and policy makers and cultural heritage stakeholders discussed how best to use cultural heritage as a strategic resource with multiple benefits for the future of Europe. The French President Emmanuel Macron, the Romanian President Klaus Werner Iohannis and the Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa sent powerful messages on the topic that were read during the concluding session of the debate.
Among the speakers of the European Policy Debate were Monika Grütters, Minister of State and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Germany; Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport; Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the European Committee of the Regions; Luca Jahier, President of the European Economic and Social Committee; Françoise Nyssen, Minister of Culture, France; and Luís Filipe de Castro Mendes, Minister of Culture, Portugal.
After the concluding session of the debate, the Presidents of the three co-hosting organisations of the European Cultural Heritage Summit, namely Maestro Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, Martina Münch, President of the German Cultural Heritage Committee (DNK), and Prof. DR. Hermann Parzinger, President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK) and Executive President of Europa Nostra, signed the Berlin Call to Action.
All those who care for Europe’s past, present and future are now invited to sign, support and widely share the Berlin Call to Action.