Rapporteur Mircea Diaconu's, vice-chair of the Committee on Culture and Educaton (CULT), statement made after the vote was very clear:
"This topic is one of the few where doctrinal controversies do not have a place. This initiative goes beyond politics or natural competition between states. The European Year of Cultural Heritage is an initiative which can unite and prove that the European space of our 27 nations is one belonging to a unitary civilisation founded on a common history and benefiting from globally outstanding heritage"
The vote secures 8 million Euro for cultural projects aiming to protect and promote Europe’s shared cultural heritage during EYCH 2018.
The European Year aims to promote the role of European cultural heritage through a number of activities that will enlarge the accessibility of cultural heritage and promote it as a source for innovation, inspiration, creation, social cohesion, sustainable tourism and local employment.
In a next step the Council of the European Union should adopt the text voted on by the European Parliament (draft version) at the first reading.
The initiative grew through the European Heritage Alliance 3.3 and was strongly supported by Tibor Navracsics, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. NEMO - the Network of European Museum Organisations - is a member of the The European Heritage Alliance 3.3, an informal European sectoral platform composed of more than 40 European or international networks and organisations active in the wider field of cultural heritage.