The ROCK regulatory framework has been envisaged as an assemblage of key policy recommendations empowering Cultural Heritage (CH) as a driver for sustainable and smart growth, with a special reference to public procurement. Its development is an attempt to shape better implementation frameworks, targeting decision and policy makers from all administrative levels. The ROCK deliverable “Regulatory Framework, ROCKProcurement And Policy Recommendations” is now published (see it here the Resources section of the website).
The big challenge in the process of its development was to embrace the multifaceted nature of CH valorisation, which is inherent to CH-led urban development and regeneration and the ROCK circle model. Moreover, the focus had to be kept on four key supportive policies – culture, urban policies and space provision, economic frameworks and taxation settings, and environmental protection – plus a number of cross-cutting issues concerning public procurement and emerging monetary and non-monetary support tools.
For each of these areas, the report identifies main challenges, a selection of good practices and a set of remarks and recommendations, capitalizing the experience of the role model cities and the practices tested in the replicators as well as other findings of the ROCK project.
This analysis allowed to identify 5 overarching challenges to overcome and 11 cross-policy recommendations for an effective and sustainable cultural heritage valorisation in cities:
Many ROCK partners contributed to the development of the regulatory framework, namely Julie´s Bicycle (UK), Fondazione Fitzcarraldo (Italy), Urbasofia (Romania), University of York (UK), Eurocities, ART-ER Attrattività Ricerca Territori (Italy), Liverpool City Council (UK), Lisbon City Council (Portugal) and ICLEI Europe (Germany). The work was chaired and coordinated by TASO (Spain), in particular by its expert Sylvia Amann.
Download an overview of the report below.