Special focus on European Year of Cultural Heritage
The European Heritage Congress in Turku from 10-15 May 2017 will provide an inspiring platform for discussing the latest European developments related to heritage. With less than one year until the official launch of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, this upcoming European initiative will be in the spotlight during the entire Congress and especially during our General Assembly on the afternoon of 12 May.
Europa Nostra dedicates the public session of its General Assembly to a debate on the Year at a time when the role of different European, national and regional stakeholders has been clarified and it is now up to all, including the civil society, to fully engage in the preparations. During a high-level panel discussion, speakers will reflect on how public authorities can draw on the strength of civil society organisations in mobilising and engaging citizens throughout the Year. A particular focus will be on the role of NGOs as well as European regions and cities and their contribution to the Year.
Among the discussants will be Europa Nostra’s Council member and President of the Polish National Commission for UNESCO Professor Jacek Purchla who has been appointed national coordinator for the European Year in Poland and who will be chairing the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee to be held in July in Krakow. Michel Magnier from the European Commission and Uwe Koch from the German Cultural Heritage Committee (DNK) will provide insights into the preparations at European and national level, respectively, including the preparation of the European Heritage Summit to be held in June 2018 in Berlin.