Brussels, 25 September 2008
More than 30 000 sites and monuments are being opened to the public in 49 European countries throughout September and some 20 million people are expected to visit them. European Heritage Days have become a solid tradition, which is supported conjointly by the Council of Europe and the European Commission.
At this occasion the Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, Ján Figel' holds today a press conference together with Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Director General – Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport in the Council of Europe. The aim is to draw attention to the European dimension of the Days and present case studies to show how heritage can contribute in a practical way to life in multicultural societies.
The press conference is attended as well by the Director of the King Baudouin Foundation, Mr Guido Knops, who will link the 20th Anniversary of the European Heritage Days in Belgium with the first European Heritage Forum on “Heritage and Dialogue” which will take place in Brussels on 23-24 October 2008.
Three case studies presented by speakers from Estonia, France and the United Kingdom:
For more information please see: http://www.coe.int/t/dc/files/events/JEP/default_fr.asp
The Council of Europe officially instituted the "European Heritage Days" (EHD) in 1991, with the support of the European Union. Since then the Council has assigned responsibility for the practical aspects of organising the European Heritage Days to a co-ordination office appointed for a set period: the Stichting Open Monumentendag (the Netherlands) from 1991 to 1994, the King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium) from 1994 to 2000, the Centro Nacional de Cultura (Portugal) for 2001-2006 and now Europa Nostra. Since 1999 the EHD have been run as a joint initiative with the European Union.