2018 was the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Over the course of these 12 months, the European Year showcased the wealth and diversity of Europe’s cultural heritage, highlighting its role in driving economic and social development, and in creating a shared sense of identity and building Europe’s future.
To make sure the Year has a lasting impact beyond 2018, the Union will implement 60 concrete EU actions, which aim to promote cultural heritage as a resource for the future, involving a wide range of stakeholders and policies, based on evidence.
The actions cover five thematic areas, helping to meet the main challenges facing cultural heritage as well as its potential for Europe. The areas are also those where EU action can bring the highest added value, and where joint European action is needed to make a difference.