The European Union is leading the way in recognising the importance of cultural heritage as a resource for social and economic development.
At a historic meeting on 21st May 2014 reported by Europa Nostra, it adopted conclusions on cultural heritage as a vital resource for the first time. Europa Nostra report,
These conclusions adopt a holistic policy approach by the EU to cultural heritage – tangible, intangible or digital – recognising it as a unique and non-renewable resource and a major asset for Europe and for the entire European project. The conclusions emphasize the important role that cultural heritage plays in creating and enhancing social capital, as well as its important economic impact and its specific role in achieving the Europe 2020 strategy goals for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth because of its social and economic impact and its key contribution to environmental sustainability.
The conclusions call for more resources to be invested in cultural heritage and for the mainstreaming of cultural heritage in national and European policies.
Read more: http://www.europanostra.org/news/460/.
Europa Nostra is ‘the voice for cultural heritage in Europe’.