President Tajani to open High level conference on European year of cultural heritage tomorrow
The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, will open the High-Level Conference on the European Year for Cultural Heritage tomorrow.
The event - "Cultural heritage in Europe: linking past and future" - will take place at 14:00 at the European Parliament's hemicycle in Brussels, as part of the initiatives for the European Year dedicated to cultural heritage.
Tajani will deliver a speech on the importance of the creative and cultural industries in Europe. The European Commissioner for Culture and Education, Tibor Navracsics, and several representatives of national and regional governments, civil society and industry will also take the floor.
Ahead of the conference, President Tajani declared:
"Our values and our very European identity are the result of over three thousand years of history and culture. From the ancient European civilizations to the splendours of the Renaissance with Leonardo da Vinci, Erasmus of Rotterdam and Van Eyck, from the Baroque of Caravaggio, Bach or Velázquez up to the century of lights of Voltaire, European creativity has forged an immense and priceless heritage. We are the continent with over half of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Europe is at the forefront of cultural and creative industries, where beauty, design and style merge with technology and industrial know-how in the continuous search for excellence. These sectors are among the most dynamic and open opportunities for growth and creativity for new skilled jobs for our youth. Even before the economy, it is culture that distinguishes, brings together and unites the peoples of Europe, offering a solid base to give new impetus to the European project ".
Tajani and Navracsics will hold a joint press conference at 15:30 at the 'Anna Politkovskaya' Press Room of the European Parliament.
WHERE: Hemicycle, European Parliament, PHS Building (Rue Wiertz 60 - Bruxelles).
WHEN: Tuesday 26 June (14h00-19h00).
LINK1: Programme of the event
LINK2: You can follow it live here
Twitter hashtag: #EuropeforCulture