Proposal for a European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018 (1)

On the occasion of the European Culture Forum organised in Brussels on 19-20 April 2016, Commissioner Tibor Navracsics – for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport – publicly announced that the European Commission will soon propose 2018 as European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH). The proposal was initially communicated by the Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz. Commissioner Navracsics declared:

“I am pleased that the European Commission will present a proposal to make 2018 the European Year of Cultural Heritage. I am convinced that it would be a good opportunity to boost awareness of and promote education about our cultural heritage. And I will be happy to start the legislative procedure and to work with Member States, the European Parliament and with stakeholders like you to make this happen.”

Silvia Costa, MEP and Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament, who was present at the Culture Forum, acclaimed this announcement by concluding “Culture and cultural heritage should be the new soul and new identity for a new Europe". This Year will indeed offer a great opportunity to face the current Euroscepticism by mobilising the civil society around common heritage initiatives which rely on soft values.

A ‘European Year of Architectural Heritage’ was already organised in 1975 under the auspices of the Council of Europe. It was greatly appreciated and initiated a series of successive conventions for the protection of cultural heritage.

The EYCH was first instigated by the German Cultural Heritage Committee (Deutsches Nationalkomitee fur Denkmalschutz, DNK) and was circulated by the EHHF in June 1014. A concept note entitled 'Sharing Heritage' has now been published and formulates the vision for this Year to come. Civil society organisations at local level but also European networks and Member State heritage authorities will have a key role to play in organising a successful Year. That is the reason why the Heads and delegates of the European Heritage Heads Forum will sit around a table at the next EHHF Annual Meeting (Bern, Switzerland) to discuss how they can make the best of this unique opportunity.


Read the News article from the European Commission here:

Read the concept note ‘Sharing Heritage’ here: