The Council of the European Union adopted the legal basis for the European Year of Cultural Heritage
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The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have now officially adopted the European Year of Cultural Heritage, which will officially be launched during the European Culture Forum, to be held in Milan in December 2017.
Cultural heritage plays a strong economic role in Europe. Over 300,000 people are directly employed in this sector and 7.8 million European jobs are indirectly linked to it, for example in tourism and building works, ancillary services such as transport, interpretation services, maintenance and security. European cultural heritage allows us to understand the past and to look to the future of the EU.
The objectives of the European year are therefore to: encourage the sharing and appreciation of Europe's cultural heritage as a common resource; raise awareness of our common history and values; and reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. The Year will highlight what the EU can do in the fields of conservation, digitisation, infrastructure, research, and skills development.
Events will be organised across Europe, as along with information, education, and awareness-raising campaigns. National coordinators have been appointed (mostly national ministries in charge of culture), who will identify projects and events based on the objectives of the Year: engaging people with cultural heritage; promoting its values; fostering its protection; and stimulating innovation.
At European level, the Year will be a jointly organised and coordinated effort of the Commission, the Parliament, the Council, the Committee of the Regions, and the European Economic and Social Committee.
The financial envelope for the implementation of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is set at EUR 8 million, with resources provided for in the Creative Europe Programme and other existing resources. A dedicated Creative Europe call should be published in the second half of 2017.