Europa Nostra’s President Cecilia Bartoli meets high delegation of the European Investment Bank and its Institute

The Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), Teresa Czerwińska, and the Director of the EIB Institute, Shiva Dustdar, hosted a meeting in Luxembourg with the President of Europa Nostra. It was the first gathering of Cecilia Bartoli with EIB senior management representatives since her appointment as President of Europa Nostra last May  and followed her outstanding performance of Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito” at the Luxembourg Philharmonie. Cecilia Bartoli was accompanied by Europa Nostra’s Executive Vice-President Guy Clausse, Board Member Carla Toffolo, Council member Jorge Chaminé and Secretary General Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović.

Cecilia Bartoli thanked very warmly the EIB for their ongoing support to Europa Nostra, and more generally to the cause of cultural and natural heritage in Europe. She also invited the President of the EIB, Werner Hoyer, and other high representatives of the EIB, to attend Europa Nostra’s 60th Anniversary Summit in Venice to be held on 27-30 September 2023.

The representatives of the EIB reiterated the highest importance which their institution attaches to their partnership with Europa Nostra and to the safeguard of cultural and natural heritage as part of the Bank’s investment policy, including the Bank’s key role for investing in climate action and green transformation of our society and economy. They are also committed to making Europa Nostra and its partnership with the EIB Institute wider known inside and outside of the EIB. They will continue to support Europa Nostra in saving endangered heritage and also in advocating the need for stronger recognition of cultural heritage as a key resource for sustainable development, for climate action, for social inclusion and for ensuring a more beautiful society and living environment, in accordance with the core principles of the New European Bauhaus initiative.

Europa Nostra collaborates closely with the EIB Institute. It has been partnering with EIB Institute under the 7 Most Endangered Programme since 2013 to identify monuments and sites under acute danger of neglect or destruction. This innovative cooperation brings together Europa Nostra’s cultural expertise and advocacy with EIB’s technical assessment and financial sustainability expertise. To date, more than 30 monuments and sites in 16 countries have been rescued or saved through this partnership. Most recently, the EIB Institute has become an associate member of the European Heritage Alliance coordinated by Europa Nostra.

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