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Keep up to date with the latest news and views on cultural heritage events



HUB – IN , a Horizon 2020 project launches with its kick off meeting/ workshop on the 30th September, followed by a further 2 half-day workshops for the project partners on the 1st and 2nd of October. Heritage Europe is one of the partners in this 18 partner consortium from acro

The workshop Hubs of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Transformation of Historic Urban Areas, inaugurates and celebrates the beginning of a “journey” that will be carried out by the HUB-IN project, over the next four years. This workshop is open to a broad European and international community involved in urban transformation processes, with a focus on historic areas. We expect the attendance and participation of policy makers, academia, NGO´s, SME´s and potential follower cities across Europe.

During our one day “journey” the participants will have the opportunity to debate the transformation processes of historic urban areas, to talk with the HUB-IN project team, to gain knowledge listening to European Commission experts, to find inspiration listening to our invited keynote speaker. During the day, the participants will find interactive moments to participate in several types of activities including informal network, debates, inspirational moments, and collaborative sessions to share idea

Welcome to the HUB-IN “journey” and seize the day!


Guidelines for Sustainable Cultural Tourism – “A Unique Opportunity for Change Post Covid -19”

Joint paper authored by Brian Smith (Heritage Europe) and Matthias Ripp (Organisation of World Heritage Cities)

‘We see the key leadership role in securing more sustainable cultural tourism as falling, in large part, to historic towns and heritage cities.These guidelines show how decision makers can assess their current approach and begin to scope a clear plan of action for a better, more sustainable and resilient future. The Covid 19 pandemic presents them,and all of us, with a once in a life time opportunity to rise to that challenge and ensure the pandemic cloud can indeed have a silver lining.’

Click here to read the full document



OCTOBER 17, 2020
On Wednesday 14 October, during a meeting of the European Commission Expert Group on Cultural HeritageEuropa Nostra presented a new paper: “COVID-19 & BEYOND: Challenges and opportunities for cultural heritage”.

Since the very outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Europa Nostra has been working to identify specific impacts of the crisis on cultural heritage sites and stakeholders, including by holding virtual conversations with members and partners, as well as through a meeting of the European Heritage Alliance.

Download and read the paper here.



EHA 3.3 Manifesto launched

European Heritage Alliance ManifestoCultural Heritage: a powerful catalyst for the Future of Europe‘, was launched on 9 May and presented to EU leaders prior to the EU Council meeting in July

The European Heritage Alliance Manifesto puts forward 7 interconnected ways in which cultural heritage can be a positive catalyst for change and contribute to shape a better and more prosperous future for our continent.

 At a time when Europe is struggling to overcome an unparalleled crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the cultural heritage world can and should contribute to Europe’s recovery and revival because our cultural heritage is not only the foundation of our shared history and memory, but also a solid bridge between our past, our present and our future

The Manifesto is available in 13 languages and has been signed by over 700 prominent signatories and heritage supporters (full list here). If you haven’t done it yet, we encourage you to read, sign and share this important Manifesto.



Findings on the consultation on the impact of COVID-19 on the heritage world to be released in September

 Deeply concerned about the massive negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the cultural heritage world, Europa Nostra launched on 26 March a consultation on this topic among its large pan-European network of members and partners. Europa Nostra has already communicated important information and initial observations on the specific impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the heritage sector to the European Commission, via the Commission Expert Group on Cultural Heritage.

In total, some 40 extensive responses from 20 countries in Europe and beyond were received, providing for a varied and geographically diverse overview. The vast majority of respondents are organisations, many of which represent at the same time a conglomerate of organisations with a large membership. Responses by individual heritage professionals or volunteers were also collected. Through this consultation, there is now a better and more complete understanding of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the cultural heritage world, the reactions it has triggered on the ground and on the specific needs of the heritage sector to overcome this far-reaching crisis.


Horizon Europe

The European Union’s next research and innovation programme “Horizon Europe” replaces Horizon 2020 and will run from 2021 to 2027 and be worth €100 billion, according to proposals launched on 7 June by the European Commission.

The planned programme is structured around three pillars: open science, global challenges and industrial competitiveness, and open innovation. The first pillar includes funding for fundamental research and grants for research mobility and infrastructure. The second pillar groups research into five clusters: health; inclusive and secure society; digital and industry; climate, energy and mobility; and food and natural resources. The third pillar is designed to enhance Europe’s innovation output.

There is also money set aside to strengthen Europe’s research base as a whole, including a doubling of funds designed to help Member States make the most of their national research and innovation potential, and by taking measures to reform and enhance the European research and innovation system.


BREXIT – UK future participation in EU Creative Europe Programme (2021 – 2027)

With the BREXIT transition period coming to an end by the close of 2020, under the future programme, the only route that may possibly be open for UK organisations to take part in the Creative Europe Culture sub-programme, specifically Cooperation Projects, would be as a Third Country Participant.

What is a Third Country Participant?

A ‘Third Country Participant’ is a project partner from outside the (currently 41) eligible countries participating in the Creative Europe programme. Third Country partners are seen as project delivery partners – they will have responsibility for specific parts of the project, but are not full project partners, and won’t have the level of accountability and responsibility as them.

For more information go to Third Country guide for UK organisations participating in Cooperation Projects from 2021 | Creative Europe Desk UK (


Cultural Heritage recognised – at last – as cross cutting priority for the EU!

The European Year of Cultural Heritage has come to its end, having generated a wide range of initiatives and activities, as well as a new enthusiasm for cultural heritage across Europe and beyond. Importantly it has led to significant policy breakthroughs at the European level. For example:-

The Berlin Call to Action presented at the first European Cultural Heritage Summit in June has been signed to date by over 2,000 organisations and individuals -including Heritage Europe. Following which cultural heritage has been recognized as a “cross-cutting priority” within the new European Agenda for Culture and the new 4-year Work-Plan for Culture recently adopted by the EU Council has identified “sustainability in cultural heritage” as its first priority.

Finally, at the Closing conference for EYCH 2018 held in Vienna in December the European Commission presented an ambitious and holistic Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage to ensure the lasting legacy of the Year.

The implementation of this Action Plan will benefit from the setting up of a future Cultural Heritage Forum which will serve as a multi-stakeholder platform for consultation, exchanging of ideas and best practices and for promoting adequate public policies. Thanks to the joint commitment of all stakeholders, public and private, we now have a forward-looking roadmap ahead of us.

The European Heritage Alliance 3.3, of which Heritage Europe is a founding member, can take satisfaction from these outcomes which closely relate to the recommendations set out in its earlier research report ‘Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe’ and reflects the significant role the Alliance and its members have played in raising awareness and mobilising activities and events throughout 2018. The Alliance coordinator -Europa Nostra – has an upbeat message for all of us –

‘to continue building lasting bridges and partnerships and to step up our efforts in 2019 and beyond. In this way, we can be confident that the new European Parliament and the new European Commission will sustain the momentum and build upon the significant achievements of our European Year of Cultural Heritage.’