European Heritage Alliance 3.3: Joint letter to EU leaders to recognise fundamental role of cultural heritage for the future of Europe
News, NEMO activities, EU Culture Policy, European funding for museums, Museums as Social Agents, Intercultural Dialogue, Urban Development | 06.02.2017

NEMO is among the 39 signatories of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3's appeal that was reiterated prior to the informal European Summit in Malta on 3 February 2017 for adequate financial resources for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

The appeal sent to the 28 EU Heads of State or Government before the Christmas break, called for a wider recognition of cultural heritage and its contribution to economy, identity, sense-of-belonging and shared history.

The European Heritage Alliance 3.3 is an informal platform of 40 heritage-related European and international networks active in the wider field of heritage. It brings together civil society, historic cities and villages, educational institutions, museums and other heritage organisations. It was founded in Amsterdam during the 2011 European Heritage Congress organised by Europa Nostra. Joint advocacy for cultural heritage is at the heart of the Alliance and its position paper Towards an EU Strategy for Cultural Heritage - the Case for Research (2012), for instance, inspired the project Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe. Europa Nostra has been coordinating these activities with the support of the EU Creative Europe programme as part of Europa Nostra’s network project "Mainstreaming Heritage".

The European Commission's proposal for the European Year of Cultural Heritage was published on 30 August 2016 and the EU Council of Ministers adopted its general approach on this proposal at the last meeting of the Council on 22 November 2016. Following the current procedure of "trialogue" between the Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission, the final decision on the Year with the probable allocation of a dedicated EU budget is expected to be adopted in the first trimester of 2017 during the Maltese Presidency of the EU.