The European Heritage Alliance 3.3, the informal European sectoral platform composed of 37 European or international networks and organisations active in the wider field of cultural heritage, of which the European Historic Houses Association is a part, is calling on the 28 Heads of State or Government in the Council of the European Union to ensure that the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 is supported with adequate financial resources at all levels of governance: from European to national, regional and local.

In order to do so, a joint letter to the leaders of EU Member States has been sent with a forceful message:

“Given the huge value of cultural heritage and its proven positive impact on Europe’s economy – creating jobs and growth, as well as on Europe’s society, culture and environment, it is fully justified to allocate a significant budget to the implementation of this historic European initiative.”

Members of the Alliance added that:

“At a time when EU Member States and Institutions are confronted with an unprecedented political, economic, social, environmental and cultural crisis, (…) the European Year of Cultural Heritage provides us all with a unique opportunity to convey a positive and cohesive message to Europe’s citizens.”

The letter also referred to the events which will take place on 25 March 2017 in Rome when all members of the Council will meet to mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome:

“We call on you all to seize the opportunity of this historic gathering to publicly recognise that the entire European project has a wider cultural meaning and significance derived from our shared cultural patrimony, both tangible and intangible.”

Members of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3 confirmed their readiness to cooperate closely with EU Institutions and Member States “with the aim of giving our cultural resources and related capital a much stronger recognition and a much more central place within the future agendas of the European Union”. To start with, each member of the Alliance will mobilise their members and partners across Europe to contribute to the success of the European Year of Cultural Heritage “in a creative and dynamic way.”

For the blog post of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3 about this letter, see: http://europeanheritagealliance.eu/2016/12/20/european-year-of-cultural-heritage-needs-adequate-funding/

For an example of the letter, see the one sent to Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany: Alliance3.3Letter_ChancellorMerkelofGermany