2018: European Year of Cultural Heritage on the move...
ICOM Europe actively involved in the “Voices of Culture and Heritage” Stakeholders panel
Time do be creative and propositive
Cultural Heritage is in the EU agenda since 2007. In 2014, after orientations taken by the European Council, the European Commission adopted the Communication "Towards an integrated approach to cultural heritage for Europe", leading to the decision of the Council suggesting the celebration of a European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH). The European Parliament resolution of 8 September 2015 invited the Commission 'to designate, preferably for 2018, a European Year of Cultural Heritage', which as subsequently been the case: http://ec.europa.eu/culture/news/20160830-commission-proposal-cultural-heritage-2018_en. Finally, the Commission proposal has been just approved (Aril, 27, 2017) by the European Parliament (http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-1111_en.htm), establishing the goals and also the basic organizational architecture for the EYHC, based in two pillars: the National one (focused in “national coordinators” designated by governments) and the European one (composed by the EU bodies, especially the Commission central departments, and the “civil society” contribution, organized under the frame of a “Stakeholders Committee”).
The first meetings of both the national coordinators assembly and the Stakeholders Committee have just took place last week, in Brussels. The last one, selected with the assistance of Voices of Culture - Structured Dialogue between the European Commission and the cultural sector (http://www.goethe.de/ins/be/prj/voc/enindex.htm) from a total of several hundred potential candidates, composed by a panel of 38 European representatives of the cultural and cultural heritage sector (integrating organizations like ICOMOS, NEMO, European Museum Forum, Europa Nostra, ICCROM, Europeana, Eurocities, etc), will in the two forthcoming years have meetings with the European Commission to exchange views about the implementation of the Year.
ICOM Europe, throughout its President, Luís Raposo, actively participates in this panel. At the occasion of the first meeting, the following set of departing proposals for the success the Year and the benefit of museums and their publics were advanced:
• travelling exhibitions on European landmarks program, including commonly assurance facilities
• sharing researchers or other staff program
• sharing services (restoration, inventory, digitization, insurances, etc.) program
• support services (HR, ICT, accountancy, facilities) program
• inserting of collections in international networks program
• building collection programs, educational programs with other public bodies
A part from these lines of proceeding, aiming to be practical, ICOM Europe stressed as a major motto for the EYCH the concept “Museums, European Landmark”.
Our initial suggestions were integrated in the vast range of proposals putted forward by the members of the Stakeholder Committee and will in the future be considered, as well as others arriving in the meanwhile. So, it is time now to be creative in advancing ideas for activities. ICOM Europe strongly welcomes proposals coming from all ICOM National Committees, as well as all potentially interested professionals in general. They will certainly be taken into consideration and eventually transmitted to the European Commission.
And do keep your agenda free for the launch of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, in Milan, 7-8 December 2017.
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