European Policy Debate “Sharing Heritage – Sharing Values”

Summit 2018: main event

22/06/2018, 09:30

DNK, Europa Nostra, SPK

Allianz Forum & Berlin Congress Centre

Allianz Forum (09.30 – 15.00)
Berlin Congress Center (17.00 – 18.30)

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.


Participation fee PROGRAMME/Part1 : 50 Euro.

Participation fee PROGRAMME/Part 2: 75 Euro.

Registration is required.



Part I
09:30 – 15:00
Venue: Allianz Forum

Opening Session
Session I ‘Sharing Values’
Session II ‘Bridging Local and European’
Session III ‘Contributing to Social and Economic Cohesion’


Part II
17.00 – 18.30
Venue: Berlin Congress Centre

Concluding Session ‘Cultural Heritage for the Future of Europe’

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).


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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