Mapping of practices in the EU Member States on Participatory governance of cultural heritage


The European Expert Network on Culture (EENC) published in June 2015 a “Mapping of practices in the EU Member States on Participatory governance of cultural heritage”. This report has been elaborated to support the OMC (Open Method of Coordination) working group under the same name (Work Plan for Culture 2015-2018). The document analyses a variety of examples reflecting several nuances of participation of citizens and communities in the cultural heritage sector and presents some final considerations based on these case studies as well as on a literature review.

The aim of the report is identify the challenges and future possibilities with regard to public policies on engaging communities, local population, cultural institutions and stakeholders in valuing and managing cultural heritage on one hand, and with regard to the development of multilevel and multi-stakeholder governance frameworks for the management of cultural heritage resources on the other. This document has been prepared by Margherita Sani, Bernadette Lynch, Jasper Visser and Alessandra Gariboldi on behalf of the European Expert Network on Culture – EENC.

The EENC is an expert group set up in 2010 to provide advice to the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission in fields related to cultural policy. It responds to specific questions, produces studies and reports on topics in the cultural sector and aims to contribute to the improvement of cultural policy development in Europe.

Link to the report