The European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage aims to capture and scale-up the success of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. During this very special year dedicated to cultural heritage, over 6.2 million people took part in more than 11,700 events organised across 37 countries.
To ensure that the efforts initiated during the year has a lasting impact beyond 2018, the Commission has proposed around 60 actions related to promoting and protecting cultural heritage, which will benefit citizens and communities in the longer term.
Setting a common direction for heritage activities
The European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage reflects the common set-up for heritage-related activities at European level, primarily in EU policies and programmes. It establishes a set of 4 principles and 5 main areas of continued action for Europe’s cultural heritage and includes over 60 actions that will be implemented by the European Commission in 2019 and 2020.
The European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage can also serve as an inspiration for regions and cities in Europe, as well as for cultural heritage organisations and networks when developing their own actions. It was prepared through regular exchanges with EU Member States, the European Parliament, civil society organisations, cultural operators and international organisations such as the Council of Europe and UNESCO.
The European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage establishes a Cultural Heritage Forum. This forum will be a platform for consultation and exchanging best practice for sustainable and participatory cultural heritage policies in Europe, involving European institutions, EU Member States, European cultural heritage networks and international organisations. It will meet at least once a year as of 2019.
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