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L’Europe devrait adopter une stratégie globale de protection et de mise en valeur de son patrimoine culturel.

Un label du patrimoine européen a été lancé en 2007 et il est important de créer, soutenir et renforcer de telles initiatives en faveur de notre patrimoine.

Il est primordial que les citoyens européens, dont les plus jeunes, prennent conscience de l’existence et de l’importance de notre patrimoine culturel commun. Celui-ci a été façonné à travers les siècles et les années et a subi des influences diverses qui lui confèrent aujourd’hui un vrai caractère européen.

Il est un lien entre tous les citoyens de l’Europe. Il est la mémoire de l’Europe et il doit servir de tremplin pour renforcer le sentiment de citoyenneté européenne.

Pour cela, il est essentiel que l’Europe agisse activement en faveur du patrimoine culturel.

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  1. Europe’s cultural heritage provides multiple benefits for society, the environment and the economy. The potential of heritage conservation, enhancement and education should therefore be recognised and developed to its full potential for contributing to the achievement of current EU policy priorities, in particular the implementation of the Lisbon objectives (knowledge economy and job creation), the Gothenburg agenda (sustainable developement and environment protection; the promotion of social cohesion and integration; and the development of active European citizenship and participatory democracy.

    Article 151.4 of the Treaty states that “The Community shall take cultural aspects into account in its action under other provisions of this Treaty, in particular in order to respect and to promote the diversity of its cultures”. This “horizontal clause” is the key to the effective safeguarding and enhancement of cultural heritage by the EU Institutions and Member States.

    The EU and its Member States should therefore fully exploit the synergies between action related to cultural heritage and other EU policy- and action-areas with a direct or indirect impact on cultural heritage, in particular the following: active European citizenship, education and training, environment and climate change, energy, rural and regional development, Common Agricultural Policy, tourism, Neighbourhood Policy, external relations …

    Culture and cultural heritage need to become a transversal dimension within a wide range of policy- and decision-making areas. To this end, a European Agenda for Cultural Heritage would need to be adopted.

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