The European Commission proposes to organise a European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018. The proposal will be drafted in the next few months and presented to the European Parliament and the Council, who were repeatedly asking for such an initiative and will be taking the final decision on the actual proposal.
The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, communicated the decision to the President of the European Parliament Martin Schultz on 14 April 2014.
The Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics announced the decision during the opening session of the bi-annual European Culture Forum in Brussels last 19 April.
The European cultural heritage sector, and the Reflection Group in the first place, was campaigning in favour of such a year since 2014: the decision was therefore welcomed as a remarkable achievement by the whole sector. The Year will offer the opportunity to raise the profile of heritage policies, to interconnect and give visibility to the numerous initiatives at international, national, regional and local level, to raise awareness on the contribution of cultural heritage to other policy sectors.