European Heritage Policy Agora


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Simultaneous interpretation in English, Français, Italiano.

09.30 – 10.00 Opening session
Welcome by Sneska Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic, Secretary General of Europa Nostra

Opening message by:

  • David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament (EU/Italy) (video message)

Opening addresses by:

  • Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for the Promotion of the European Way of Life (EU/Greece) (tbc)
  • Dario Franceschini, Italian Minister for Culture (Italy) (tbc)
  • Vasko Simoniti, Slovenian Minister of Culture, Acting Chair of the EU Council of Ministers (Slovenia) (live online)

10:00 – 11:30 Heritage at the heart of the European Green Deal
Moderated by Erminia Sciacchitano, Ministry of Culture of Italy, Minister’s Cabinet (Rome, Italy)

Introductory remarks by Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank (EU/Germany) (tbc)

Panel discussion

  • ​Andrew Potts, Coordinator of the Climate Heritage Network (United-States / Paris, France)
  • Alexandra Mitsotakis, President & Co-founder of the World Human Forum and member of the New European Bauhaus High-Level Roundtable (Greece)
  • Oliver Martin, Head of Section, Federal Office of Culture (Berne, Switzerland)
  • Pravali Vangeti, European Heritage Youth Ambassador, Europa Nostra/ESACH (Paris, France)


  • Iskra Mihaylova, MEP, Vice-Chair of the Renew Group (Bulgaria) (in person or online)
  • Philippe Gimet, CEO OPEREL (Paris, France)
  • Xavier Troussard, Head of Unit, New European Bauhaus, DG JRC, European Commission (Brussels, Belgium) (online)

Q&A with the audience

11:30 – 13:00 Cultural Heritage, a catalyst for peace and mutual understanding
Moderated by Gijs de Vries Senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (The Netherlands)

Opening statement by Stefano Sannino, Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) (EU/Italy) (tbc)

Panel discussion:

  • Karen Brown, representative of the EU-LAC project (United-Kingdom)
  • Guy Clausse, Executive Vice-President of Europa Nostra (Luxembourg)
  • Antigoni Michael, Heritage Professional & Archaeologist (Nicosia, Cyprus)
  • Vesna Marjanovic, Secretary General of Europa Nostra Serbia (Serbia)


  • Valéry Freland, Executive Director, International alliance for the protection of heritage in conflict areas (ALIPH) (Geneva, Switzerland) (online)
  • Salima Yenbou, Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA (France)

Q&A with the audience

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 15:30 Culture and Heritage as the basis of a New European Renaissance
Moderated by Luca Jahier, Former President of the European Economic and Social Committee 2018-2020 (Brussels, Belgium & Turin, Italy)

Opening statement by Sir David Chipperfield, Architect (United-Kingdom) (tbc)

Panel discussion:

  • Marshall Marcus, European Union Youth Orchestra, Secretary General (Ferrara, Italy)
  • Silvia Costa, Commissioner for the Italian Government for the restoration of the Santo Stefano prison, former MEP and Chair of the Culture and Education Committee of the European Parliament (Italy)
  • Basil Kerski, Director of the European Solidarity Centre, 2021 European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award Winner (Poland) (or his representative)
  • Hana Kohout, Project Assistant, Culture Hub Croatia & future European Commission Bluebook Trainee (Split, Croatia)


  • Marcos Ros, Member of the European Parliament (Murcia, Spain)
  • André Wilkens, Director of the European Cultural Foundation (EU/Germany)

Q&A with the audience

15:30 – 17:00 Closing session
Moderated by Sneska Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic, Secretary General of Europa Nostra (Serbia/The Netherlands)

  • Apostolos Tzitzikostas, President of the European Committee of the Regions (tbc)
  • Sabine Verheyen, Chair of the Committee for culture and education, European Parliament (online)
  • Jorge Chaminé, Founder-President of the European Music Centre (Europe)
  • Enrico Letta, President of the Jacques Delors Institute and Secretary of the Italian Democratic Party (tbc)
  • Dubravka Šuica, European Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography (Brussels,Belgium) (in person or online)

Closing Networking Gathering
Venue: Giardini Reali di Venezia (shuttle boats from San Giorgio Maggiore Island will be provided)

European Heritage Summit 2021

21 - 24 September, Venice