On 27 April, the European Parliament approved € 8 million for cultural projects aiming to protect and promote Europe’s shared cultural heritage, as part of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. The rapporteur Mircea Diaconu stated after the vote: “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”.
“Our duty going forward, and first of all that of the European Parliament which is directly elected by the citizens, is precisely to restore the relationship between Brussels and the European citizens. Making 2018 the European Year of Cultural Heritage is a great step towards rebuilding this fundamental connection”, he added.
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As the next step, it is expected that the Council of Europe will adopt the relevant text at the first reading.
“European cultural heritage is a sum of the local cultural heritage”
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