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A Cultural Deal for Europe

A Cultural Deal for Europe
A central place for culture in the EU’s post-pandemic future

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Joint Statement by Europa Nostra, Culture Action Europe and the European Cultural Foundation

Dear Colleagues and Partners,

We are pleased to share with you an important follow-up to the “Cultural Deal for Europe” online debate, which took place on 18 November hosted jointly by Europa Nostra, also on behalf of the European Heritage Alliance, Culture Action Europe and the European Cultural Foundation. The aim of this successful online event was to discuss the strategic ways of putting culture where it belongs: at the heart of the European project.

On November 18, more than 500 viewers followed the high-profile online discussion with contributions by representatives of EU institutions, Member States, major pan-European cultural and heritage networks as well as civil society. Based on the fruitful and inspiring discussions held on this occasion, the three organising partners have launched today a Joint Statement entitled A Cultural Deal for Europe: A central place for culture in the EU’s post-pandemic future.

We are pleased to share with you this Joint Statement, calling EU and national policymakers to commit to an ambitious #CulturalDealEU, an umbrella strategy for reviving and reimagining Europe through culture and cultural heritage.

Our Joint Statement puts forward an overarching and transversal Cultural Deal for Europe, including a series of concrete proposals for realising the potential of culture and heritage as major forces in the EU’s socio-economic recovery and its long-term future.

Our Joint Statement highlights the importance of mainstreaming culture and heritage across all policy fields: from the green transition to Europe’s geopolitical ambition, and from the digital shift to a value-driven Union. It bundles together both short-term and long-term perspectives. It eyes the immediate recovery of our societies with the ambition to build a new paradigm for designing the Future of Europe.

With best regards on behalf of the partners behind this ambitious initiative,

Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović,
Secretary General, Europa Nostra

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EUROPA NOSTRA
The Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe | La Voix du patrimoine culturel en Europe

Headquarters
Lange Voorhout 35, 2514 EC The Hague, The Netherlands | 31 (0)70 302 40 50 |
info@ europanostra.org

Brussels Office
Rue de Treves/Trierstraat 45, 1040 Brussels, Belgium | 32 (0)2 486 25 26 |
bxl@europanostra.org

Webinar on Successful EU Funded Projects

EHH Webinar Presentation

Name of the event: Webinar on Successful EU Funded Projects

Date: November 18, 2020

Location: Zoom

Number of participants: over 55

Number of registrations: over 130

Contact emails: e.oksiuta@europeanhistorichouses.eu; theodoracanciu@europeanhistorichouses.eu; m.malaspina@europeanhistorichouses.eu

Addendums: The recording of the webinar, the speakers’ presentations and the “Support Document of the Study ‘Heritage Houses for Europe’ – EU funding guide to family-owners of heritage houses”.

Webinar Summary

 On November 18th, 2020, European Historic Houses organised a webinar where remarkable speakers from different European countries shared their successful experiences regarding EU funded projects.

The purpose of the webinar was to bring together private owners of historic heritage from a variety of countries across Europe and to promote discussion and information sharing among them on the topic of EU funding opportunities. 

The event included four different sessions. Firstly, the EHH Executive President, Alfonso Pallavicini, welcomed all the participants and speakers. Then, the EHH Head of Office, Ewelina Oksiuta, presented the different EU funding opportunities and programmes that were going to be discussed by the speakers – Erasmus+, Creative Europe, the European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund, and the European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development. The particularities of each programme and the respective way of accessing the EU funds can be found in the “Support Document of the Study ‘Heritage Houses for Europe’ – EU funding guide to family-owners of heritage houses”. This document will be sent by EHH to all the participants in the webinar, together with the recording of the webinar itself and all the PowerPoint presentations. After the six presentations of successful EU funded projects given by their protagonists and before saying goodbye, there was a fruitful question time, during which the participants had the chance to address questions directly to the speakers.

Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027

Very important to mention is that, in the abovementioned EU funding guide, the budget of each funding programme is based on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020. As explained during Oksiuta’s presentation, there are some changes in the programmes from this point of view under the MFF 2021-2027, which should also be supplemented by the new Recovery Fund.

 

Erasmus+ 2021-2027

Total budget: +2,2 billion compared to the previous period.

Its new priorities are oriented towards more opportunities abroad for over 14 million people, inclusiveness, accessibility and international visibility.

Creative Europe

Total budget: 2.4 b EUR, i.e. 57% increase compared to 2014-2020 level.

Creative Europe is the only programme focusing exclusively on cultural and creative activities and enterprises, it falls under the ‚Cohesion and values‘ heading of the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework.

As part of the new MFF, it will provide more opportunities for cultural and creative actors to run cross-border projects; more attention to digital transformation that affects the cultural and creative sectors and more support for the promotion of the European cultural and creative work beyond the EU.

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Fund (CF)

During 2021-2027, 65% to 85% of ERDF and Cohesion Fund resources will be allocated to these priorities, depending on Member States’ relative wealth.

The programs will focus more on achieving a smarter Europe, through innovation, digitisation, economic transformation, and support to small and medium-sized businesses, as well as a Greener, carbon-free Europe, implementing the Paris Agreement and investing in the energy transition, renewables, and the fight against climate change

European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)

The EAFRD aims to foster the competitiveness of agriculture, ensure the sustainable management of national resources, support climate actions, and achieve a balanced territorial development of rural economies and communities. This also includes restoration, maintenance, and upgrading of cultural and natural heritage sites and rural landscapes. Thus, it is important to note that the EAFRD does not only fund farming-related activities but has a much wider scope.

Successful EU funded projects

The core part of the webinar was dedicated to the presentation of six successful EU funded projects.

The first project, presented by Lluís Bonet Agustí, Professor at the University of Barcelona, is an Erasmus+ project called “CHARTER – Cultural Heritage Action to Refine Training, Education and Roles”. Very important to mention is the fact that the European Historic Houses Association is one of the 25 partners of the project consortium.

The next project, presented by Alice Bovone, Chief Operating Officer at Le Dimoredel Quartetto, is another successful Erasmus+ project called “MUSA: European young MUsicians soft Skills Alliance”. ADSI, the Italian historic houses association, is associated partner of the project.

Afterwards, Stefania Pignatelli, cultural entrepreneur operating in the Italian region Marche, introduced a successful Creative Europe project called “OPHERAOPening cultural HERitage to communities during the central-Italy post-earthquAke long-term restoration process. Digital technologies and new competencies for cultural professionals”.

The following project to be presented was another Creative Europe, named “Artists in Architecture Re-Activating Modern European Houses”, coordinated and presented by Francis Carpentier and Magdaléna Lišková, respectively Curatorial Project Coordinator and Head of Institutional Relations of BOZAR, the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts.

Then, Prof. Heinz Schinner, owner of Scholss Rotenturm in Austria, and Dr. Martina Bergmann, his personal assistant, talked about the renovation of Schloss Rotenturm, whose project was co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Finally, the last successful experience was presented by Pol de la Pintière: it was about his successful renovation project of Château d’Auteuil based on the LEADER method and co-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

Outcomes

The EHH Webinar on Successful EU Funded Projects had an extremely positive outcome. Many were the participants and many were also those who would have liked to participate but could not: for technical reasons, EHH could not accept more than a certain number of people in the video call on the Zoom platform. This is why, as previously mentioned, EHH will send to everyone the recording of the webinar itself. The atmosphere throughout the whole webinar was formal and friendly at the same time: the speakers presented their interesting personal experiences and then made themselves available to answer all the numerous and stimulating questions the participants asked them.

EHH intends to continue raising awareness among its members on the issue of the access to EU funds, which EHH believes is particularly important for the sector of privately-owned historic houses. Through the presentation of some success stories during the webinar, EHH aimed at stimulating some interest in the topic, in anticipation of and waiting for our next events. As a matter of fact, this webinar is intended to be a foretaste of the Seminar on the EU and Access to Funds that EHH was organising in Brussels this autumn and which for obvious reason was postponed and will take place (hopefully) next spring. 

Webinar recording

EHH Extraordinary General Assembly

Post-Extraordinary General Assembly Summary Report

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Name of the event: EHH Extraordinary General Assembly

Date: November 17, 2020

Location: Zoom

Number of participants: over 40

Contact emails: e.oksiuta@europeanhistorichouses.eu; theodoracanciu@europeanhistorichouses.eu; m.malaspina@europeanhistorichouses.eu

Appendix: presentation

 

Extraordinary General Assembly Summary

 

Unconventionally, the Extraordinary General Assembly took place virtually on November 17th, 2020.

The main reason for gathering together all the governors was due to Statutory Changes 1 (Par 8.2.1),  Statutory Changes 2 (Changes demanded by the new Belgian law), Statutory Changes 3 (Changes decided in GA 2019), Existing members to be renewed until the end of 2022, Existing members to be renewed until the end of 2023, the Nomination of the newly proposed members until the end of 2023, as well as the Approval of accounts 2019 and budget 2020 (AISBL).

Everybody was virtually welcomed by the EHH Executive President, Alfonso Pallavicini. The first topic on the agenda was related to the renewals/changes in EXCOM (see presentation p. 7-12). Then, the new members of EXCOM had the opportunity to address their first words and introduce themselves to the governors.

Important to mention is that EXCOM had decided to expand in order to increase political visibility and lobbying capacities. Therefore, the initiative was mainly oriented towards the countries in which the association is not yet present, namely the Communist countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

 Dana Beldiman will be in charge of this twofold démarche. The idea is to present the importance of a Historic Houses Association to CEE countries. The new associations will therefore be granted a two-year “observer” status within EHH with no membership payment obligation.

EHH invited the new potential members who gladly presented their thoughts and the situations in the country they represent (see presentation p. 15-29).

The first speech was delivered on the behalf of Schlösser und Gärten in Deutschland e.V. (SGD). Afterwards, Károlyi Stately Home Fehérvárcsurgó was presented. Moreover, two more Romanian castle owners showed their will of creating an Association for private owners, as well as the President of Pro Patrimonio France who explained the importance of protecting the Romanian cultural heritage.

Another topic elaborated during the Extraordinary General Assembly was related to the financials. Alfonso Pallavicini presented a detailed overview of the 2018-2020 budget and highlighted the anticipated 2021 budget.

Thereafter, the Vice President, William Cartwright Hignett, talk about Next Generation. He gave an insight into the 2021 conference and explained the strategy behind the NextGen membership launch.

A topic of great interest was dedicated to lobbying. The Head of Office, Ewelina Oksiuta, outlined the fact that EHH is part of the European Commission’s expert group on cultural heritage in which the association is actively engaged. Moreover, she talked about two new networks that EHH joined in 2020 – European Tourism Manifesto Alliance and Climate Heritage Network.

At the moment, EHH is in touch with Chair CULT Committee European Parliament, Sabine Verheyen. A. Pallavicini, W. Lobkowicz and E. Oksiuta virtually met S. Verheyen and discussed the main priorities of our sector and the importance of buil heritage. 10 key messages were addressed by S. Verheyen (see presentation p. 40).

Another current priority of the association is the EU building stock renovation policy and private historic houses. Besides the general overview of this topic and its main aspects, Alfonso Pallavicini explained EHH current position and priorities against potential amendments to the EU legislative framework within the Renovation Wave Strategy, focusing mostly on the assurance that the exemption favorable to historic houses will not be modified and lobbying activity at the national level.

An inspiring part of the meeting was related to the activity review. Firstly, Ewelina Oksiuta was honorable to present the success of EHH in terms of EU projects. Blueprint Skills Alliance for Cultural Heritage is the first project to which EHH was selected. EHH was not selected for the submission of HORIZON 2020 – Coordination and Support Actions. However, two more projects were submitted at the end of October whose results are expected to be received in February.

Towards the end of the General Assembly, Ewelina Oksiuta has also presented some of the activities organised by EHH during 2019 and 2020 and showed off the virtual projects of the association – European Heritage Weeks: Facebook Live Visits and Houses of the Month.

The Extraordinary General Assembly was finalised with the Strategy 2019-2023 and key focus areas of 2021.

Open presentation

European Heritage Awards Ceremony 2020

Invitation: European Heritage Awards Ceremony 2020 – Live online – 10 November 17:00 CET

Join us in celebrating the winners of the 2020 European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards and the shortlisted projects of the 2020 ILUCIDARE Special Prizes on 10 November (17:00 CET).

The European Heritage Awards Ceremony will be held entirely online for the very first time, with the virtual participation of Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, and Hermann Parzinger, Executive President of Europa Nostra. The ceremony will be moderated by Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General of Europa Nostra.

Register now

During the Ceremony, the three Grand Prix laureates and the Public Choice Award winner, selected from among the 21 winners of the 2020 European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, will be announced.

On this occasion, the two winners of the very first edition of the ILUCIDARE Special Prizes – selected from among the 6 shortlisted projects for excellence in heritage-led innovation and international relations – will also be unveiled.

The event will be enhanced by exceptional musical performances prepared by our invaluable partners, the European Union Youth Orchestra, Le Dimore Del Quartetto (Italy), an Award winner from last year, and the European Music Centre in Bougival (France).

The Ceremony will be followed by a “Meet-and-Greet the Award Winners” online networking session.

The Ceremony is free of charge but registration is compulsory. Please note that in order to access the event, on 10 November, all registered participants will be asked to enter their name, email address and country as from 30 minutes before the beginning of the Ceremony.

EUROPA NOSTRA
The Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe  |  La Voix du patrimoine culturel en Europe

Headquarters

Lange Voorhout 35, 2514 EC The Hague, The Netherlands | 31 (0)70 302 40 50 | info@europanostra.org

Brussels Office

Rue de Treves/Trierstraat 45, 1040 Brussels, Belgium | 32 (0)2 486 25 26 | bxl@europanostra.org

Photos: credits for each image on the website

COVID-19 & BEYOND

von Europa Nostra

EUROPA NOSTRA PAPER
„COVID-19 & BEYOND: Challenges and Opportunities for Cultural Heritage“

 

 

An extensive paper on the challenges and opportunities presented by the COVID-19 pandemic for the heritage world has been issued today by Europa Nostra – The European Voice of Civil Society Committed to Cultural Heritage. Entitled “COVID-19 & BEYOND: Challenges and Opportunities for Cultural Heritage”, this paper provides unequivocal evidence of how deeply the pandemic has affected the heritage world and makes concrete proposals to support the heritage sector through existing EU instruments and those proposed within the ‘Next Generation EU’ socio-economic recovery plan. This strategic paper has been firstly presented during this afternoon’s meeting of the European Commission Expert Group on Cultural Heritage by Europa Nostra’s Secretary General Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović.

The Paper “COVID-19 & BEYOND: Challenges and Opportunities for Cultural Heritage“ summarises and analyses the main findings of a consultation on this topic conducted by Europa Nostra among its large pan-European network of members and partners.

The Paper assesses implications for heritage personnel and security of jobs; implications for security of heritage sites, contents and visitors; social, cultural and financial implications; as well as implications to ensure proper communication and to keep networks alive. It provides recommendations for heritage actors and policy-makers, and points out to available EU mechanisms that can be used to tackle the various implications of the COVID-19 crisis. The Paper also differentiates between immediate impacts observed during the first months of the COVID-19 outbreak and related lockdown, from medium to longer-term implications. Finally, the Paper provides a non-exhaustive yet useful mapping of initiatives launched by heritage stakeholders in relation to cultural heritage and the pandemic, such as surveys and data collection tools as well as statements, appeals and letters.

During the 3rd meeting of the European Commission Expert Group on Cultural Heritage, held virtually on 14 and 15 October, Europa Nostra was invited to present this important Paper in the presence of Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture Themis Christophidou, representatives from the European Commission and members of the Expert Group.

On this occasion, Europa Nostra’s Secretary General Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović stated: “This Paper will underpin Europa Nostra’s advocacy action, conducted jointly with our members and partners, to ensure that cultural heritage is duly included in the EU’s immediate response to the COVID-19 crisis as well as in the ‘Next Generation EU’ recovery plans. Indeed, Europa Nostra and our members and partners are fully convinced of the immense potential of culture and cultural heritage for Europe’s socio-economic recovery in the aftermath of the pandemic and of their huge value as a powerful catalyst for the future of Europe”.

Europa Nostra’s Secretary General also invited not only members of the Expert Group, but all other heritage stakeholders – public and private – in Europe, to submit their comments on the Paper, which has to remain a “living document”. It will be updated at a later stage according to further insights and developments in relation to the pandemic. The Paper “COVID-19 & BEYOND: Challenges and Opportunities for Cultural Heritage“ has already benefited from the input of the members of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3, of which Europa Nostra is co-founder and coordinator, as well as key partners of Europa Nostra.

An advanced draft of the Paper also featured prominently in a media debate entitled “COVID-19 and culture: Europe’s arts & heritage take a pandemic hit” organised by the international TV channel France 24 on September 28 with the participation of Members of the European Parliament Laurence Farreng, Niklas Nienaß and Željana Zovko. On this occasion, Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović stated: “We are proud that our Paper “COVID19 & BEYOND: Challenges & Opportunities for Cultural Heritage” is becoming a reference point, already prior to its official launch”.

The Paper provides convincing evidence and concrete recommendations that will support the advocacy efforts of Europa Nostra and its partners to place cultural heritage where it belongs: at the very heart of Europe’s recovery in the aftermath of the pandemic. The Paper will be widely disseminated among heritage actors and policy-makers at all levels of governance also inviting their further input and comments.

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EUROPA NOSTRA
The Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe | La Voix du patrimoine culturel en Europe
Headquarters
Lange Voorhout 35, 2514 EC The Hague, The Netherlands | 31 (0)70 302 40 50 | info@europanostra.org
Brussels Office
Rue de Treves/Trierstraat 45, 1040 Brussels, Belgium | 32 (0)2 486 25 26 | bxl@europanostra.org
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European Heritage Alliance Manifesto

European Heritage Alliance Manifesto “Cultural Heritage: a powerful catalyst for the future of Europe” just released

On 9 May 2020, on the occasion of Europe Day which this year marks the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration and the launch of the process of European integration, members of the European Heritage Alliance have launched the European Heritage Alliance Manifesto Cultural Heritage: a powerful catalyst for the future of Europe.

The European Heritage Alliance Manifesto aims to convey a strong message of solidarity, hope and unity to Europe’s leaders and citizens at a time when Europe and the entire planet are struggling to overcome an unprecedented crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus. Through this Manifesto, representatives of major European and international heritage networks which form part of the European Heritage Alliance express the readiness of the wider heritage world to contribute to Europe’s immediate social and economic recovery, as well as to the longer-term advancement of the European project…….

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