Agora: European Year of Cultural Heritage: Investing in Cultural Heritage Pays Off

7 May 2019

15:45-17:00 | Sax Room -


Karel Lannoo

Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Chief Executive

Gerry Salole

European Foundation Centre

Chief Executive

Sneska Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic

Europa Nostra

Secretary General

R. de Looz-Corswarem

European Historic Houses Associations

Executive President

Viviane Hoffmann

European Commission

Deputy Director General of DG EAC


2018 is the ‘European Year of Cultural Heritage’ which puts the spotlight on Europe’s wealth of cultural heritage, showcasing its role in fostering a sense of shared identity, in promoting social cohesion and in building the future of Europe.
To quote the words of the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth, and Sport, Tibor Navracsics: “Cultural heritage is at the heart of the European way of life. It defines who we are and creates a sense of belonging. We need to preserve and treasure our cultural heritage for the next generations.”

In addition to highlighting the value and multiple benefits of cultural heritage for our society, environment and well-being of Europe's citizens, this EBS session aims to showcase the economic potential of investing and promoting cultural heritage in cities and countryside throughout the continent.
As demonstrated in the EU-funded Report "Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe" coordinated by Europa Nostra, an estimated 300,000 people work directly in the EU’s cultural heritage sector with as many as 7.8 million jobs are created indirectly by the sector. Cultural Heritage is a vital part of Europe’s economy and a key resource for sustainable development, with related growth and employment.

This EBS session will engage with various stakeholders: EU Institutions, private companies, private foundations, private owners as well as European think tanks and civil society.