Trouble reading this newsletter? Visit the online version. Number 3 / December 2011
# 03 / December 2011
Dear colleagues,

As president of the Association of State Conservators in the Federal Republic of Germany (VDL) and on behalf of the German National Committee for Conservation (DNK) and the Association of State Archaeologists (VLA), I am glad to present you the third E-Newsletter of the European Heritage Heads Forum (EHHF). After this year’s inspiring conference in Amsterdam, Germany has assumed the secretary for the EHHF meeting in 2012 and I am looking forward to welcoming you all as our guests in Berlin and Potsdam. This newsletter will briefly inform you among other things about next year’s main topic and some organisational aspects. The annual meetings of the European Heritage Heads Forum have proved to be an excellent and important communication platform. Every year it is very motivating and a great pleasure to exchange experiences and information with colleagues from all over Europe.

Hopefully next year’s conference will be inspiring again for all of us.

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Gerd Weiß
Main topic 2012
2012’s meeting of the European Heritage Heads Forum will take place in Germany. From 23-26 May 2012 the heads of the European state heritage authorities are invited to join the 7th EHHF Conference in Berlin and Potsdam. The venue will be the beautiful palace of Glienicke, a small classical residence designed by Prussia’s famous architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel and since 1990 part of the UNESCO World Heritage site “Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin”.
Next year’s main topic, as discussed at the first preparation meeting in Wiesbaden (Germany) on 17 October 2011, is “Public Engagement with cultural Heritage”. In times of societal changes and technical progress, state conservation officers have to ask themselves, if their communication and education strategies are appropriate and up-to-date in order to address a vast variety of target groups including pupils, monument owners, peers and politicians. In this regard the future of the EHHF will also be an important subject of the discussion.
A call for papers on these topics and further information on the conference will be sent out early next year.

Overview on latest developments on heritage in the European countries
As our Dutch colleagues, we will ask all European state heritage offices to send us an overview -size A4 - with the latest update on the developments on heritage in your country until 1 May 2012. Please keep this at the back of your minds.

Accommodations during EHHF Conference 2012
We have reserved 70 rooms (100,- € per night / single room) for our participants at the Steigenberger Hotel Park Sanssouci in Potsdam ( Because of the high tourist traffic in Potsdam this contingent is only available until 12 March 2012. Because of that and due to organisational reasons (the daily meeting point for our bus shuttle to Glienicke Palace is in the lobby), we recommend to make use of this offer. For reservations, we will soon send you a form, which you can send back to us.

Please note: Later cancellations have to be arranged directly with the hotel and include cancellation charges.
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NET-HERITAGE (European Network on Research Programme Applied to the Protection of Tangible Cultural Heritage) is the first important initiative which has begun to coordinate national Research and Technical Development (RTD) programmes of European countries, and support European programmes in research applied to the protection of tangible cultural heritage. The ERA-NET is a partnership of ministries, funding agencies and national RTD authorities from 14 European countries. It makes a significant contribution to overcome the barriers of exchanging information on coordinated research activity applied to the protection of tangible cultural heritage.

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The Heritage Portal is funded by the European Commission via the Seventh Framework Programme ‘NET HERITAGE’. It is maintained by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, UK and provides an online news magazine, archive and networking for cultural heritage research, conservation, restoration, policy, education and training across Europe.

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During its plenary session on 16 November in Strasbourg, the European Parliament has adopted the European Heritage Label in second reading. A final decision by the Council is awaited by the end of the year.

The new scheme will start in 2013 – replacing the intergovernmental heritage label scheme. It will highlight sites that celebrate and symbolise European integration, ideals and history. EU countries can nominate sites for the label, to be awarded by the EU on the basis of an assessment by independent experts.

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The EU will invest € 50bn in infrastructure – connecting Europe, boosting competitiveness and creating jobs. Smart, sustainable and interconnected transport, energy and digital networks are priorities for Europe’s economic future. The financial crisis has diminished the flow of private and public funding to infrastructure projects.As a result, the Commission is proposing a new funding plan to speed up long-term investments in roads, railways, energy grids, pipelines and high-speed broadband networks. The €50bn fund would be used to encourage investors from the private and public sectors to help finance such projects. It would also promote cleaner transport modes and renewable energy – in line with Europe 2020, the EU’s growth and jobs strategy.

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The EU can help national governments raise the quality of higher education, make curricula more relevant to market needs and open access to students from a wider range of backgrounds. Some of Europe’s 400 universities and higher educational establishments rank among the best in the world. But not all of them have been able to keep pace with economic and social changes. According to a recent forecast, 35% of jobs in the EU are likely to require a higher education qualification by 2020. But today, only 26% of the workforce holds a degree, far below the levels in the US, Japan and Canada. A new strategy to modernise higher education points out the reforms EU governments need to make so enough people graduate with the skills needed to contribute to innovation, economic growth and job creation.

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The “European Heritage Alliance 3.3.” was recently launched by 27 European and international networks and organisations active in the wider field of cultural heritage on the occasion of the European Heritage Congress 2011, which was organised by Europa Nostra in Amsterdam. The name of the newly created Alliance refers to the article 3.3. of the consolidated version of the Lisbon Treaty of the European Union which stipulates that “[The Union] shall respect its rich cultural and linguistic diversity, and shall ensure that Europe’s cultural heritage is safeguarded and enhanced.” Europa Nostra will be acting as the facilitator of this alliance. 
On 7 September a few members of the Alliance have gathered in Brussels to discuss, among other things, the preparation of a joint plea to the European Commission to finance a comprehensive and comparative study on Europe’s cultural and natural heritage assets.

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Each year, Europa Nostra and the European Union reward the best of cultural heritage achievements. Through the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, they celebrate excellence and dedication by architects, craftsmen, volunteers, schools, local communities, heritage owners and media. In 2011 27 projects won the coveted awards. They were be presented on 10 June during a ceremony at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in the presence of Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Plácido Domingo, the world-renowned tenor and president of Europa Nostra. Out of the 27 winning projects, six were named as 'grand prix' laureates at the ceremony as 2011’s most outstanding heritage achievements. The applications for the Europa Nostra Award 2012 have been closed on 1 October 2011. 226 award entries were received. The European Heritage Awards Ceremony will take place in Lisbon 30 May – 2 June 2012 at the European Heritage Congress.

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What positive and negative influence does the financial crisis have on heritage? To what extent, can the broadly defined use of the economic potential of heritage, in the context of creating regional and extra-regional development strategies, act as a catalyst for economic growth and prosperity of the societies of the united Europe? How does heritage influence the local communities? To what extent can such resources include the capital of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of these countries? Seeking an answer to these questions became the purpose of the discussions of the 4th annual European Heritage Forum, which this year was held on 10-12 October in Wroclaw. The idea of the organisers – the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the National Heritage Board of Poland – was to hold a meeting that would become an opportunity to look at heritage as a permanent element in long-term development strategies, especially in the time of the economic crisis.

The opening ceremony was held at the Wrocław Museum of Architecture, where the Forum was inaugurated by Mr Bogdan Zdrojewski, Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Mr Daniel Thérond, Deputy Director of the Directorate of Culture and Cultural and Natural Heritage in the Council of Europe, Mr Alessandro Senesi, Deputy Head of the Culture Programme and Actions Unit of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture in the European Commission and Mr Adam Grehl, Deputy Mayor of the City of Wrocław. Mr László Tőkés, Vice President of the European Parliament and Mr Jan Kaźmierczak, Vice-Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on the Cultural Heritage of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, were also present. The Forum’s participants included experts on cultural heritage, economists and representatives of authorities and non-governmental organisations from numerous European countries and the United States. The central theme of this year’s Forum was: “Value the Heritage! European Heritage and Economic Development” and drew on the work and experience of the previous editions, among others, the Forum that was held in 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey, where heritage was perceived as a catalyst for activity and prosperity. During the sessions of the 4th European Heritage Forum, various philosophies of perceiving heritage were presented and the best practices and standards in this field were discussed. A series of case studies was used to try and present the broad scope and diversity of possibilities for evaluating the value of cultural heritage. The case studies were divided into three main subthemes:
  1. Heritage during the financial crisis – luxury or necessity?
  2. The economic potential of heritage beyond tourism
  3. Heritage and sustainable development

The purpose of the event was to assess the changing practices, methods and techniques in the interpretation, communication and dissemination of knowledge about cultural heritage. Each Forum contributes to updating the debate on the changes facing society, encouraging people to take a new look at heritage. This year’s edition of the event became an opportunity to exchange experiences and opinions between specialists on cultural heritage protection and representatives of the remaining sectors of social and economic life, including management and administration officials. The Forum is a meeting place for experts from a broad range of professional categories which may vary according to the theme chosen each year: heritage professionals, cultural mediators, public administration and local authority officials, tourism and cultural industry professionals, teachers and educators in school and out-of-school contexts, the initial and in-service vocational training sectors, researchers, members of voluntary organisations, and representatives of international governmental and non-governmental organisations. The participation of so many specialists in the Forum enables the creation of a platform of stakeholders and provides access to specialist knowledge through creating appropriate conditions for innovation and creativity in the heritage sector. Nearly 250 people took part in the event. The organisers made it possible to watch the sessions online, and the coverage was available via the website of the National Heritage Board of Poland and the event’s dedicated website at According to statistics, the online transmission was viewed by 1240 users. The European Heritage Forum was accompanied by the meeting of national coordinators of the European Heritage Days, as well as workshops on the promotion of social projects organised for them by the European Commission. The training was attended by the regional coordinators of the European Heritage Days from Poland, who cooperate with the NHB. The event was also accompanied by two exhibitions prepared by the National Heritage Board of Poland, which were received with much enthusiasm. The first one, entitled “Milestones”, referring to the central theme of this year’s European Heritage Days, covered a coherent and synthetic presentation of the most significant events in the history of Poland, as well as the achievements of Polish science and culture. The second exhibition, entitled “The European Heritage Days in Individual European Countries”, was devoted to Europe’s cultural diversity and presented the specificity of the EHD in various European countries.

The organisers of the Forum hope that the October meetings and discussions will initiate a broader debate on the potential of heritage for the economy, and that specialists from various fields, not only culture and art, but also local and regional authorities, as well as managers and executives from the private sector, will join this debate and that it will contribute to the development of constructive and tangible solutions and promote their implementation.

The main conclusions from the sessions of the 4th European Heritage Forum:
  1. The basic value of European heritage – as a common denominator in the context of value – lies in its diversity.
  2. It is imperative that heritage should be handed down to the coming generations. This is why we need to take care of our heritage and use its resources wisely, protecting its authenticity, above all.
  3. The development strategies should balance the social, cultural and economic benefits of using heritage. This is what sustainable development is all about, and this is the principle that, among others, constitutes the basis for the protection of the environment in the Republic of Poland (Article 5 of the Constitution of the Republic of Poland).
  4. Cultural heritage has a considerable economic potential, and it will always be a positive factor in the economic recovery. It is the mark of the community concentrated around it, the community that is stable and confident of its values and principles. The economic potential lies both in the tangible and intangible heritage.
  5. We need to study the benefits of using cultural heritage. It is essential in order to support arguments with real numbers and facts.
  6. Building a strong brand and the strategies of creating awareness in the field of heritage is extremely important. This should involve all the interested groups and motivate them to take further actions.
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At the conference of the Belgian EU-Presidency ‘Cultural heritage: a resource for Europe’ on 9 December 2010 the importance of cultural heritage and the major challenges related to it were discussed from a European perspective. The speakers included Claire Giraud-Labalte (Université Catholique de L'Ouest France and heritage delegate for the European network of Cultural Administration Training Centers), Simon Thurley (English Heritage) and Alison Crabb (European Commission, DG Education and Culture).
The speakers explored in-depth a number of potential strategies for better incorporating the interests of cultural heritage into the EU-policy. Prof Jan Beyers (University of Antwerp) demonstrated the way that interest groups in other sectors work and how this could offer a potential model. Hubert David (Chairman European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils) presented the strategies that the environmental sector has used to place its interests on the EU-agenda. Liesl Vanautgaerden made an interesting presentation on the prospects offered by territorial cohesion for an integrated policy that encompasses cultural heritage, and specifically landscapes.
At the roundtable discussion, a number of leading actors debated the vision for the future.

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With a proposed budget of €1.8 billion for the period 2014-2020, the European Commission plans to support the cultural and creative industries, which are a major source of jobs and growth in Europe.
The new programme would allocate more than €900 million in support of the cinema and audiovisual sector (area covered by current MEDIA programme) and almost € 500 million for culture (presently covered by the Culture programme).
The Commission is also proposing to allocate more than €210 million for a new financial guarantee facility, which would enable cultural operators to access up to €1 billion in bank loans, and would provide around €60 million in support of trans-national policy cooperation and would also aim to foster innovative approaches to audience building and new business models.

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The European Commission plans to cancel the research on cultural heritage within the upcoming 8th framework research programme “Horizon 2020” – a decision, which will bring 25 years of successfull research to an abrupt end with drastic consequences for the preservation of cultural heritage. Up to now the unique support programme has promoted 41 international projects with a total capacity of 40 m Euro.
Among them are many large-scale research and application projects, in which common strategies for the long-term preservation of historical momuments and practical solutions for museum work as well as other general questions concerning conservation have been developed.
The cancellation of the research on cultural heritage is a devastating signal for Europe’s reputation as a continent of culture.
Therefore the German Association of Restorers (VDR), the Fraunhofer Society and the journal RESTAURO have prepared a petition in order to protest against this intent.

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If you want to sign the petition, please visit:

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