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Parliamentary questions
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13 February 2018
Question for written answer E-000898-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Michaela Šojdrová (PPE)

 Subject:  Promotion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage and EU-China Tourism Year
 Answer in writing 

Near Place Schuman in Brussels, it is hard to miss the posters advertising 2018 as EU-China Tourism Year (ECTY). The European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH 2018) is not being promoted in that way at all, however. EYCH 2018 is an official ‘EU year’ approved not only by the Commission, but also Parliament and the Council. ECTY is no more than an initiative by the Commission in cooperation with the Member States, but is being given much greater publicity.

In the Members’ debate on question O-000071/2017, I expressed the opinion that these two initiatives are not compatible, and expressed concern that the ECTY could supplant the European Year of Cultural Heritage. In that context:

1. Why are no posters advertising the European Year of Cultural Heritage being displayed near the Commission headquarters, where all the previous thematic years were advertised — including a poster on the Berlaymont building?
2. How is the Commission ensuring that the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage is being properly promoted in the Member States and in Brussels?

Original language of question: CS 
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