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Parliamentary questions
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28 July 2015
Answer given by Mr Navracsics on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-008635/2015

The EU is very active in the field of cultural heritage although the protection and promotion of cultural heritage is primarily the responsibility of Member States.

A Working group of experts from Member States has been set up to identify innovative approaches to multilevel governance of cultural heritage involving the public sector, private stakeholders and the civil society, as a follow-up to the communication ‘Towards an integrated approach to cultural heritage for Europe’ and as part of the 2015-2018 Council Work Plan for Culture, the current platform for European cooperation in the field of culture,. Experts look into how public policies at all levels, including the EU, could better achieve long-term and sustainable value of Europe's cultural heritage and develop a more integrated approach to its preservation and valorisation.

All Comission initiatives are subject to inter-service consultations and impact assessments, which include the evaluation of the impact on cultural heritage. According to Article 167 of the Treaty on the Funtioning of the EU, the Union is obliged to take cultural aspects into account in all actions falling under its competence.

Legislative action has already been taken in areas of EU competence; for example, the recent revision of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive 2014/52(1) strengthens the requirement for Member States to assess the effects of certain public and private projects on material assets and cultural heritage.

Cultural heritage is also mainstreamed across the priorities of Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

(1)Directive 2014/52/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 amending Directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment Text with EEA relevance.

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