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Cultural European Heritage Legislation
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Objectives and goals

IntroductionClick to read  

At the end of this module you will be able to:
•Understand what cultural heritage is
•Know the role and actions of the EU in CH
Cultural European Heritage LegislationClick to read  

The European Commission supports Member States and stakeholders to safeguard Europe’s cultural heritage.
Europe’s cultural heritage is a rich and diverse mosaic of cultural and creative expressions, an inheritance from previous generations of Europeans and a legacy for those to come.
Europe’s cultural heritage includes natural, built and archaeological sites, museums, monuments, artworks, historic cities, literary, musical and audiovisual works, and the knowledge, practices and traditions of European citizens.
Cultural heritage enriches the individual lives of citizens. Is a driving force for the cultural and creative sectors, and plays a role in creating and enhancing Europe's social capital.
It is also an important resource for economic growth, employment and social cohesion, offering the potential to revitalise urban and rural areas and promote sustainable tourism.
EU Member States pursue policy collaboration on cultural heritage through the Council of Ministers for Education, Youth, Culture & Sport, and through the Open Method of Coordination.
Running since 2019, the Commission expert group on cultural heritage advises on how to implement EU policies for cultural heritage. It involves Member States, associated countries, European cultural heritage networks, civil society organisations and international organisations, as well as EU institutions.



The role and actions of the EUClick to read  

While policy in this area is primarily the responsibility of Member States, regional and local authorities, the EU is committed to safeguarding and enhancing Europe's cultural heritage through a number of policies and programmes.

Europe’s cultural heritage is supported by a range of EU policies, programmes and funding, notably the Creative Europe programme.

EU policies in other areas that take increasing account of heritage span from research, innovation, education, environment, climate change and regional policies to digital policies. Consequently, funding for cultural heritage is available under Horizon 2020Erasmus+Europe for Citizens and European Structural and Investment Funds.



European Framework for Action on Cultural HeritageClick to read  

One of the most important features at EU level is the European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage (2018), which reflects the common set-up for heritage-related activities at European level.
It builds on the efforts of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, to capture and scale-up its success to ensure a lasting impact.