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2018 will be the European Year of Cultural Heritage

23 November 2017

2018 has been designated European Year of Cultural Heritage, a programme aiming at encouraging more people to discover and explore Europe’s cultural heritage and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European family. In particular, it will be emphasised:

  • Cultural heritage’s value to society
  • Its contribution to the economy
  • Its role in European cultural diplomacy
  • The importance of safeguarding it for the enjoyment of future generations

Main activities

Initiatives will be featured at European, national, regional and local levels. A coordinator is designated by each EU Member State while at EU level, the Commission, the Parliament, the Council, the Committee of the Regions and the Economic and Social Committee are involved.

It is expected for thousands of activities and celebrations to take place across Europe under the auspice of the European Year while the European Commission will lead 10 major initiatives with key partners such as the Council of Europe, UNESCO and other European organisations.

To get involved

Cultural heritage plays a strong economic role in Europe. Over 300,000 people are employed in the sector and 7.8 million European jobs are indirectly linked to it, for example in tourism and construction. Likewise, cultural heritage has a positive yet undervalued impact on our societies, contributing to the quality of life, social cohesion and intercultural dialogue. 

Universities have a significant role to play in safeguarding and promoting Europe's historical and intellectual heritage. Project proposals dedicated to cultural heritage will be encouraged in both Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 as will events dedicated to this theme. 

More information is available - including the list of the national contact points - on the website of the programme. 

European University Association (EUA)

Brussels office:
Avenue de l’Yser, 24
1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 (0) 2 230 55 44

Geneva office:
114, Rue du Rhône
Case postale 3174
1211 Geneva 3
Tel: +41 22 552 02 96