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Parliamentary questions
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3 June 2019
P-001918/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Navracsics on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-001918/2019

While the safeguarding of cultural heritage is the responsibility of the Member States, the Commission is supporting efforts undertaken by national authorities. Further to the devastating fire in Notre-Dame-de-Paris, it is committed to encourage further cooperation between Member States to protect Europe’s heritage in danger.

Safeguarding endangered heritage was one of the topics of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 and is one of the pillars of the European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage(1) which the Commission adopted as a follow-up to the Year. Any further action on heritage at EU level could build upon this framework.

Actions on cultural heritage receive significant funding from several EU programmes. In addition to the Creative Europe programme, an estimated amount of up to EUR 6 billion is available for cultural heritage under the European Structural and Investment Funds in 2014-2020. In 2018 and 2019, Horizon 2020 has spent up to EUR 100 million on research projects on cultural heritage.

The European Heritage Label will continue recognising sites that have played a significant role in the history, culture and development of the EU. In 2018, the Commission undertook measures to strengthen the networking and capacity building activities of European Heritage Label sites. The action will continue under the next Creative Europe programme.

The budget proposed for the next Creative Europe programme is 34% higher than for the current programme. This increase will be available for all programme actions, including for cultural heritage initiatives. The budgetary envelope for the next Multiannual Financial Framework is currently under negotiations.

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/culture/content/european-framework-action-cultural-heritage_en

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