Legacy of EYCH2018: prominent role for cities

The European Commission adopted a new set of actions on cultural heritage

To ensure that the efforts initiated during the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 have a lasting impact, the European Commission recently adopted a European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage which acknowledges the significant role cities can play.

The new framework is based on four principles:

  • a holistic approach, looking at cultural heritage as a resource for the future and putting people at its heart

  • mainstreaming an integrated approach across different EU policies

  • evidence-based policy making, including through cultural statistics

  • multi-stakeholder cooperation, encouraging dialogue and exchange among actors when designing and implementing cultural heritage policies and programmes.

Five areas of action are proposed:

  • cultural heritage for an inclusive Europe: participation and access for all

  • cultural heritage for a sustainable Europe: smart solutions for a cohesive and sustainable future

  • cultural heritage for a resilient Europe: safeguarding endangered heritage

  • cultural heritage for an innovative Europe: mobilising knowledge and research

  • cultural heritage for stronger global partnerships: reinforcing international cooperation.

The new framework recognises that urban centres are natural partners for experimentation, anticipating trends and exploring models for social and economic innovation. The area of action ‘cultural heritage for a sustainable Europe’ includes a specific cluster of actions on ‘regenerating cities and regions through cultural heritage’, with actions in 2019 including:

  • a joint project with the OECD aiming to equip local authorities with the tools needed to maximise the impacts of culture, creativity and cultural heritage for local development

  • a study on the impacts of material cultural heritage on territorial development

  • the second edition of the cultural and creative cities monitor, a benchmarking and monitoring tool aimed at facilitating peer learning between cities based on similar population, income and employment

  • the launch of the urban partnership on culture and cultural heritage as part of the Urban Agenda for the EU, with which EUROCITIES will be involved as a partner.

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Author: Houpert Cecile - EUROCITIES