EUROCITIES has been selected by the European Commission to take part in the stakeholders’ committee, which will assist it in implementing the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 at EU level.
Thirty organisations have been selected from among 300: this clearly shows the huge interest of stakeholders in contributing to the year’s events.
The objectives of the European year are to: encourage the sharing and appreciation of Europe's cultural heritage as a shared resource; raise awareness of our common history and values; and reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. The year will highlight what the EU can do in the fields of conservation, digitisation, infrastructure, and research and skills development.
Events will be organised across Europe, as along with information, education, and awareness-raising campaigns. National coordinators have been appointed (mostly national ministries in charge of culture), who will identify projects and events based on the objectives of the year. At European level, the year will be jointly organised and coordinated by the Commission, the Parliament, the Council, the Committee of the Regions, and the European Economic and Social Committee.
A dedicated Creative Europe call should be published in the second half of 2017. The year will officially be launched during the European Culture Forum, to be held in Berlin on 7-8 December.