To all members of the Europa Nostra Board and Council
On behalf of Europa Nostra’s Executive President Hermann Parzinger and Secretary General Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, I am pleased to share with you the Joint Press Release about the signature of our Berlin Call to Action “Cultural Heritage for the Future of Europe” by the European Investment Bank.
Emma Navarro, Vice-President of the EIB, signed the document at a special ceremony held yesterday evening at the Boghossian Foundation – Villa Empain in Brussels, and handed it to Europa Nostra’s Executive President Hermann Parzinger in the presence of high-level representatives from the European Investment Bank, the EIB Institute and Europa Nostra as well as the European Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee and members of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3.
Europa Nostra’s reaction to President Juncker’s State of the Union speech
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg today in his annual State of the Union speech, taking stock of Europe’s political situation and outlining priorities for 2018, the year which coincides with the European Year of Cultural Heritage.
Juncker’s third State of the Union speech was delivered under the motto “wind in our sails”, calling the current situation a “window of opportunity” to shape the future of Europe. When outlining his “personal scenario number 6” for the future of the European Union, the EC President stressed his firm “love for Europe”: “Love for Europe because Europe and the European Union have achieved something unique in this fraying world: peace within and outside of Europe. Prosperity for many if not yet for all. This is something we have to remember during the European Year of Cultural Heritage. 2018 must be a celebration of cultural diversity”. The European Parliament welcomed the reference to the European Year with a strong applause.
BREAKING NEWS: European Commission publishes proposal for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018
Brussels / The Hague, 30 August 2016 – In time for the political rentrée in September, the European Commission has today published its long-awaited proposal for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. After the initial announcement by EU Commissioner Tibor Navracsics in April 2016, the Commission’s detailed proposal now sets the framework in which the European Year will take place. It sends a strong signal to both citizens and policy-makers that cultural heritage matters for Europe and is at the heart of what connects peoples, cities, regions and countries in Europe.
UNESCO’s Director-General: “The protection of heritage has become a humanitarian imperative and a security issue”
We are delighted to inform you that the full press release prepared by Europa Nostra was posted this morning on the UNESCO website.
“The destruction of heritage is inseparable from the persecution of people. This is why we consider the protection of cultural heritage today as far more than a cultural issue. This has become a humanitarian imperative, and a security issue,” stated UNESCO’s Director-General Irina Bokova yesterday in The Hague during the Europe Lecture 2016, organised by the European Lecture Weiterlesen
Europa Nostra, through the voice of its President, Maestro Plácido Domingo, has urged the international community and the authorities at all levels to join forces to save the Venice Lagoon which is seriously endangered by climate change and by various forms of unsuitable (tourism) development. Plácido Domingo made this appeal in a video message(Italian and English) broadcast at a public event held on 16 March in Venice by Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank Institute. Watch video