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A call from Cultural heritage Experts

FEZ - On the third day of the Conference the Euromed Heritage experts are finalizing recommendations concerning the future of cultural heritage of the Euro-Mediterranean region. The programme, coming to an end, has achieved important results on which future actions should be built. Many have been the lessons learnt: the safeguarding of heritage is achieved through the appropriation by the citizens; heritage is an interdisciplinary field which draws on archaeology but also on architecture, art, economy, technology, law…; buildings, monuments, museums but also music, narrative and cultural landscape form a strong element in improving people’s quality of life. Partner countries have developed their capacities and now it is up to them to take up the initiative and go further, although the support and mediation of the European Union should be maintained within the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership. The final document should highlight the priorities for future action and the key questions are: how can heritage be integrated with development policies? How can it be a source of employment ?And finally, how can ,it become a vector for citizenship?

Facing the media

22-01-2013, FEZ - The Moroccan media have flocked to the press conference organised by the Euromed Heritage programme together with the Moroccan Ministry of Culture at the premises of the Batha conference hall in the old Medina of Fez. The EU Ambassador Eneko Landaburu and the Moroccan Minister of Culture, Mohamed Amine Sbihi, have greeted the guests with welcoming allocutions and then have answered to the questions of the journalists. “Cultural heritage has on enormous potential in terms of economic and human development - said the EU Ambassador Eneko Landaburu - The economic crisis hitting the European Union, and the world in general, is limiting the resources available to support cooperation programmes; but the cause for cultural heritage is still worth fighting for, and cultural heritage should stay on the agenda of both the European Union and the Mediterranean partner countries”.

Cultural experts rolling up their sleeves

FEZ - What major problems do we face in our work in cultural heritage development? How could we solve them? In the first day of the programme’s final conference in Fez, the Euromed Heritage experts, over 100, split themselves into 6 working groups to brainstorm about main issues that they have identify themselves. They have reacted positively to the ‘participatory approach’, an innovative methodology that combines two apparently incompatible elements: freedom (of expression, choice, movement) and structure (time constraints, clear objectives, written outputs). The response was beyond any expectations and experts have engaged enthusiastically to produce reports that will contribute to the formulation of a new vision for the future of cultural heritage of the Euro Mediterranean region.

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