SEECOM conference in Brussels: Cultural heritage counts for positive communication about Europe
As one of the keynote speakers at the 5th annual conference of SEECOM, the South East Europe Public Sector Communication Association, Europa Nostra’s Secretary General Sneska Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic made a strong case for unlocking the economic and social value of culture, including cultural heritage, in times of European crises. With specific reference to the key findings of the report ‘Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe’ which highlights the role of cultural heritage as a driver of sustainable development and with regard to the upcoming European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018, Europa Nostra’s Secretary General drew attention to cultural heritage as the missing link in European integration: ‘The European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 provides us all with a chance for positive communication about Europe.’
On this occasion, Ms Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic handed the report ‘Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe’ over to Vuk Vujnovic, Secretary General of SEECOM, and to Christian Spahr, Director of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Media Program South East Europe, which was one of the hosts of the event.
Taking place on 6 October 2016 in Brussels, the conference ‘Public Dialogue for a Common European Future’ was the first SEECOM event organised outside the South East European region and brought together key stakeholders from the region as well as from Brussels-based institutions, such as communication professionals, policy-makers and civil society representatives. It was organised together with SEECOM partner Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and its Media Program as well as European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions which were hosting the conference.
More information about the conference including videos of the opening statements can be found on the website of the Media Progam of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung