Europa Nostra works closely with all institutions of the European Union to put cultural heritage high on their agenda. We also seek to actively contribute to a global mobilisation for heritage, especially through our close relations with UNESCO and the United Nations. Below you can find important reference documents, resolutions, conclusions and conventions, organised by institution.
Europa Nostra has been a longstanding partner of the European Commission on issues relating to cultural heritage as the largest network of civil society organisations in the field – with the EU Commissioners in charge of culture, the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture and other DGs related to cultural heritage. As part of a structured dialogue, Europa Nostra regularly invites Commission representatives to participate in meetings and events.
Our network project “Sharing Heritage – Sharing Values” (2017-2020) covering a vast array of our activities – such as the annual European Heritage Congresses, the European Heritage Alliance 3.3 or the 7 Most Endangered programme – is co-funded by Creative Europe, the European Commission’s framework programme for support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.
Since 2002, Europa Nostra is organising the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards in partnership with the European Commission, building on the success of the Europa Nostra Awards which had been launched in 1978.
- Press Release: Commission welcomes European Parliament’s backing for European Year of Cultural Heritage
- Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on a European Year of Cultural Heritage
- Joint Communication to the European Parliament and the Council ‘Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations’
- Communication Towards an integrated approach to cultural heritage for Europe
- Mapping of Cultural Heritage actions in European Union policies, programmes and activities
- Report of the Horizon 2020 expert group on cultural heritage: Getting cultural heritage to work for Europe
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Representing Europe’s citizens and EU’s law-making body, the European Parliament is one of our key institutional partners. Together, we have called for a European Year of Cultural Heritage. Europa Nostra closely monitors the activities of the Culture and Education Committee relating to cultural heritage and has developed a good cooperation with its members.
- Decision (EU) 2017/864 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2017 on a European Year of Cultural Heritage (2018)
- Press Release: Proper funding for 2018 – European Year of Cultural Heritage
- Report on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on a European Year of Cultural Heritage
- Resolution Towards an integrated approach to cultural heritage for Europe
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Council of the European Union
The Council represents the executive governments of the EU’s member states. It adopts EU laws and coordinates EU policies. Europa Nostra actively follows its work.
- Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on a European Year of Cultural Heritage (2018), General approach
- Conclusions of the Council and of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States, meeting within the Council, on a Work Plan for Culture 2015-2018
- Conclusions on participatory governance of cultural heritage
- Conclusions on cultural heritage as a strategic resource for a sustainable Europe
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Presidencies of the Council of the European Union
Every 6 months one of the 28 member states takes the lead in the Council and chairs meetings helping to ensure the continuity of the EU’s work. The current presidency (Jan-June 2018) is held by Bulgaria, to be followed by Austria. Member states holding the presidency work closely together in groups of three, called ‘trios’. Europa Nostra collaborates with the various Presidencies on heritage related issues and conferences.
- Vilnius Final Statement of the European Conference ‘Cultural Heritage and the EU 2020 Strategy – Towards an Integrated Approach’
- Declaration of Bruges. Cultural Heritage: a Resource for Europe. The Benefits of Interaction
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Committee of the Regions
The Committee of the Regions (CoR) is an European advisory body representing Europe’s regional and local authorities, composed of 350 members – regional presidents, mayors or elected representatives of regions and cities – from all EU countries. It is entitled to express its views on all major issues of local and regional relevance, including Culture. Europa Nostra liaises on relevant dossiers with the Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture (SEDEC) which coordinates the work of the Committee of the Regions in Culture and Cultural Diversity.
- Draft Opinion ‘Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations’ (link to opinion factsheet)
- Resolution on the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (adopted at 119th plenary session)
- Opinion Towards an integrated approach to cultural heritage for Europe
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Council of Europe
The Council of Europe was founded in 1949 to promote democracy and protect human rights and the rule of law in Europe. It is located in Strasbourg (France) and has 47 member states. It has been a partner for over 50 years on many heritage-related issues including the European Heritage Days. Europa Nostra has observer status at the CoE Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP), and regularly cooperates with the Sub-Committee on Culture, Diversity and Heritage of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Since 2013 the CoE Development Bank became an associate partner of the 7 Most Endangered Programme.
- Namur Declaration “Cultural heritage in the 21st century for living better together. Towards a common strategy for Europe”
- The Namur Call “Cultural heritage in the 21st century for living better together. Towards a common strategy for Europe”
- Faro Convention: Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society
- Valletta Convention: Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage
- Granada Convention: Convention for the Protection of the Architectural Heritage of Europe
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Europa Nostra is an officially recognised NGO partner of UNESCO and both organisations team up regularly on policy matters and campaigns such as #Unite4Heritage.
- Vancouver Declaration: The Memory of the World in the Digital Age
- The Hangzhou Declaration: Placing Culture at the Heart of Sustainable Development Policies
- Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights
- Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
- Declaration concerning the Intentional Destruction of Cultural Heritage
- Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage
- Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity
- Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage
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Europa Nostra also cooperates with the United Nations (UN), the intergovernmental organisation comprising 193 Member States which promotes international cooperation. The Human Rights Council of the United Nation adopted a resolution following a report by the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights Ms Karima Bennoune, strongly supported in this video message by Maestro Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra.
- ‘Cultural rights and the protection of cultural heritage’ – Resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council on 30 September 2016
- Report of the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights of 9 August 2016
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