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<TitreRecueil>pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure</TitreRecueil>

<Titre>on preserving Europe’s religious heritage</Titre>

<Depute>Dominique Bilde</Depute>


Motion for a European Parliament resolution on preserving Europe’s religious heritage

The European Parliament,

 having regard to Article 3 of the Treaty on European Union,

 having regard to the Convention concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) of 16 November 1972,

 having regard to Resolution 2038 (2014) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe,

 having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas around half the sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List, including several cathedrals, are located in Europe[1]; whereas, according to the Special Eurobarometer 466 of December 2017, 84% of respondents claimed that cultural heritage was of personal importance to them[2], and whereas, according to a 2014 survey conducted by Future for Religious Heritage, four out of five respondents considered religious buildings to be essential[3]; 

B. whereas, according to the French Observatory of Cultural Heritage, 500 religious buildings in France are under threat and around 5000 are in disrepair, and whereas, according to Le Figaro, ‘more than two thirds of the projects undertaken by the Cultural Heritage Foundation involved religious heritage sites’[4];

1. Calls on the Commission and the Council to support EU action to preserve religious heritage sites, particularly Christian sites, in keeping with the powers conferred on the Member States. 

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