The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker highlighted in his State of the European Union speech in Strasbourg the importance of culture and heritage for Europe’s future.
Mr Juncker’s third State of the Union address called on the current situation as a “window of opportunity” to shape the future of Europe.
He addressed members of the European Parliament to share his love for Europe while announcing firm support for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (EYCH).
When outlining his “personal scenario number 6” for the future of the European Union, the EC President stressed his firm “love for Europe”.
He said: “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”.
Future for Religious Heritage (FRH) praises Mr Juncker’s support for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 and is looking forward to work closely together with the European institutions to make the best use of our heritage.
Throughout 2018, a series of events and activities across Europe will encourage European citizens to understand the past and imagine the future in relation to our shared heritage, reinforcing the sense of belonging to a common European space.
The president outlined the Commission’s priorities for the year ahead and shared his vision for how the European Union could evolve by 2025.
Mr Juncker also reflected on Europe’s current political and economic landscape and he presented a Roadmap for “a More United, Stronger and More Democratic Union”.