Report of the Horizon 2020 Expert Group on Cultural Heritage


A new report by the Expert Group on Cultural Heritage established by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Programme (DR Research and Innovation) in 2014 entitled Getting cultural heritage to work (April 2015) shows that “cultural heritage is increasingly regarded as a positive contributor to European GDP”. According to the experts:

"Cultural heritage is a significant force for 21st century Europe. Not only is it at the heart of what it means to be European, it is being discovered by both governments and citizens as a means of improving economic performance, people’s lives and living environments".

This expert report provides the rationale for setting a renewed European Research & Innovation policy agenda on cultural heritage. It is illustrated by several good practices. The ten members group, chaired by Dr. Philippe Busquin, former Commissioner for Research, Science and Technology and former Member of the European Parliament, comprised renowned experts from the private and public sector, including Professor Simon Thurley, former CEO of English Heritage and former head for England.

Read the report