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European Policy Debate “Sharing Heritage – Sharing Values”

22/06/2018, 09:30 - 18:30

Allianz Forum, Pariser Platz 6, 10117 Berlin & Berlin Congress Centre, Alexanderstraße 11, 10178 Berlin

Part I (09.30 – 15.00) Venue:  Allianz Forum, Pariser Platz 6, 10117 Berlin 
Part II ( 17.00-19.30) Venue: bcc Berlin Congress Center, Alexanderstraße 11, 10178 Berlin

As one of the main events of the European Cultural Heritage Summit, this European Policy Debate will provide a platform for Europe’s high-level decision and policy makers and cultural heritage stakeholders to engage and discuss how best to use cultural heritage as a strategic resource with multiple benefits for the future of Europe.

With its symbolic motto “Sharing Heritage – Sharing Values”, this debate will provide the perfect occasion to ensure a concrete follow up to a most favourable political momentum, as demonstrated by the first-ever European Council conclusions on education and culture adopted on 14 December 2017. These conclusions build on the main results of the discussion held by EU Leaders at the Gothenburg Summit on 16 November 2017 as well as on the European Commission’s communication on “Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture” and related key policy suggestions to EU Leaders published ahead of the Gothenburg Summit.

This European Policy Debate will include the presentation of a “Berlin Call” promoting a future European Agenda and Action Plan for Cultural Heritage to be adopted by EU Institutions and Member States as a lasting legacy of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

The Special Eurobarometer on Cultural Heritage (December 2017) – the first EU-wide survey conducted on this topic – assesses the attitudes and opinions of people in all EU Member States on cultural heritage. The survey shows, for instance, that three quarters of Europeans think primarily Member States and the EU should allocate more resources to protecting Europe’s cultural heritage.

Multiple studies – such as the European ReportCultural Heritage Counts for Europe (June 2015) –  have demonstrated the multiple benefits that cultural heritage provides for our society, economy and the environment. These studies provide convincing evidence that cultural heritage is a strategic resource for promoting sustainable development and social cohesion in Europe.

The event will be translated German-English. The Concluding Session will also be translated in French.

Please find the event booklet here.



Part I (09.30 – 15.00)
Venue:  Pariser Platz 6, 10117 Berlin

09.30 – 10.00 Opening Session

Chair: Martina Münch, President, German Cultural Heritage Committee

Welcome by Monika Grütters, Minister of State and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Germany and Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport


10.00-11.00 Session I ‘Sharing Values’

Chair: Guilherme d’Oliveira Martins,  National Coordinator for the European Year of Cultural Heritage in Portugal/Trustee, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal 

Inspirational Introduction (video): Wim Wenders, Film Director and President of the European Film Academy, Germany (tbc)

PanelistsSilvia Costa, Member of the European Parliament, Member of the Committee on Culture and Education, Italy; Lazare Eloundou Assomo, Deputy Director, World Heritage Centre, UNESCO; Lydia Koniordou, Minister of Culture and Sports, Greece; Rüdiger Kruse, Member of the German Bundestag


11.00-11.30 Coffee Break


11.30-12.30 Session II  ‘Bridging Local and European’ 

Chair: Beatrice Kelly, National Coordinator for the European Year of Cultural Heritage in Ireland/Head of Policy & Research, The Heritage Council, Ireland

Inspirational Introduction: Nemanja Milenković, CEO, ‘Novi Sad 2021 – European Capital of Culture’ Foundation

Panelists Lars Amréus, Director General, National Heritage Board, Sweden; Rafał Dutkiewicz, Mayor of the City of Wrocław, Poland; Markus Lewe, President, Association of German Cities; Nina Obuljen Koržinek, Minister of Culture, Croatia; Oliver Martin, Chair of Council, International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) / Head of Section Swiss Federal Office of Culture, Switzerland


12.30-12.45 Messages from the young generation

Moderator: Lorena Aldana, European Year of Cultural Heritage Task Force, Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC), European Commission

Zala Resnik–Poljaševic, Student at Gimnazija Brežice, Slovenia

Wouter Hinrichs, Archaeology student, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands; Aoife Hegarty, PhD candidate in Digital Arts and Humanities, University College Cork, Ireland; Eliseo Martínez Roig, Living Heritage Consultant & Campanologist, Spain

Larissa Borck, MA student in Ethnology /Cultural Anthropology, University of Hamburg, Germany; Víctor San Frutos Serrano, MA student in Cultural Heritage in the 21st Century: Management and Research, Complutense University of Madrid /Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain; Darina Kupryianova, Law student, University of Opole /UNESCO Chair on Cultural Property Law, Poland



12.45-13.45 Lunch Break


13.45-15.00 Session III ‘Contributing to social and economic cohesion’

Chair: Themis Christophidou, Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission

Inspirational Introduction: Andrus Kõresaar, Architect, Tallinn Seaplane Harbour – Grand Prix Winner of the 2013 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, Estonia

Panelists:  Johannes Ebert, Secretary General, Goethe Institute, Germany, Petra Kammerevert, Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education, Francisco de Paula Coelho, Dean of the European Investment Bank Institute, Ingrid Schulerud, Ambassador of The Kingdom of Norway to The Kingdom of Belgium, and Deputy Head of the Mission of Norway to the EU, Henri Swinkels, Regional Minister Liveability and Culture, Province of Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands


Part II ( 17.00-19.30)
Venue: bcc Berlin Congress Center, Alexanderstraße 11, 10178 Berlin

Concluding session ‘Cultural Heritage for the future of Europe’
Co-Chairs Uwe Koch, National coordinator for the European Year of Cultural Heritage in Germany/Director, German Cultural Heritage Committee and Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General, Europa Nostra

Inspirational Introductions: 1) Joseph Calleja, Tenor, Maltese Cultural Ambassador, Malta (video contribution to the #Ode2Joy Challenge), 2) Jorge Chaminé, Baritone, President-founder of the Centre Européen de Musique in Bougival, Spain/ Portugal

Panelists: Stéphane Bern, Founder of Fondation Stéphane Bern pour l’Histoire et le Patrimoine – Institut de France, France / Winner of a 2018 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards in the Category Dedicated Service; Luís Filipe de Castro Mendes, Minister of Culture, Portugal; Luca Jahier, President of the European Economic and Social Committee; Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the European Committee of the Regions; Françoise Nyssen, Minister of Culture, France; Hermann Parzinger, President, Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation/Executive President, Europa Nostra, Germany


18.30-19.30 Networking Reception


19.30-23.00 European Heritage Awards Ceremony 2018

The concluding session of the European Policy Debate will be followed by the European Heritage Awards Ceremony at the same venue. During this ceremony, the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2018 will be presented to the winners by Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education and Culture, and Maestro Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra.

We are honoured to announce that the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who gave his patronage to the European Year of Cultural Heritage in Germany, will be our Guest of Honour for this high-profile Ceremony when we shall celebrate Europe’s “Heritage Heroes”.

The European Policy Debate is jointly organised by the German Cultural Heritage Committee (DNK), Europa Nostra and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK).


Participation fee PROGRAMME/Part1 : 50 Euro.

Participation fee PROGRAMME/Part 2: 75 Euro.

Registration is required.


Please notice: The Policy Debate sessions at the Allianz Forum (09.30 – 15.00) and the Concluding Session at the Berlin Congress Center  (17.00 – 18.30) are hosted in different venues. The Concluding session is linked with the European Heritage Awards Ceremony. If you are interested in taking part in the full Policy Debate you need to register for:
– European Policy Debate “Sharing Heritage Sharing Values” at Allianz Forum (09.30 – 15.00)  and
– European Heritage Award Ceremony with the Policy Debate Concluding Session

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