The EIB signs the Berlin Call to action for cultural heritage
18 January 2019
The European Investment Bank has signed the Berlin Call to action “Cultural heritage for the future of Europe” to promote the “positive and cohesive power of our shared cultural heritage and values to connect Europe’s citizens and communities”.
Emma Navarro, Vice-President of the EIB, signed the document yesterday in Brussels at the Villa Empain - Boghossian Foundation where an exhibition of artworks from the EIB art collection (“Beyond Borders” until 24 February 2019) is currently hosted.
The signing of the Berlin Call to Action responds to EIB’s fundamental strategic priority – promoting economic and social cohesion in the EU.
The EIB has invested in cultural heritage over many years, supporting investments in urban development and tourism linked to the European Capital of Culture preparations in Plzen (Czech Republic), Pecs (Hungary) and Malta. It has also contributed with its financing to the refurbishment or development of cultural heritage buildings through several urban regeneration projects in Valletta, Nicosia or recently in Warsaw and Nancy (France).
The Berlin Call to Action builds on the momentum created in 2018 by the first ever European Year of Cultural Heritage. It seeks to involve and engage as many organisations and individuals as possible in an “ambitious European Action Plan for Cultural Heritage as a lasting legacy of the European Year”.
The Institute has been collaborating since 2013 with Europa Nostra in the framework of the 7 Most Endangered Programme strengthening it by bringing together the cultural expertise and lobbying work of Europa Nostra with the technical appraisal and rescue planning skills of the EIB.
Europe's leading heritage organisation Europa Nostra has launched today its new flagship programme ‘The 7 Most Endangered’ with the EIB Group, represented by the EIB Institute, as its founding partner. This programme will identify endangered monuments and sites in Europe and mobilize public and private partners on a local, national and European level to find a sustainable future for those sites.
Vienna, 4 May 2014 - The historic stage machinery of the Bourla theatre in Antwerp in Belgium, the neighbourhoods of Dolcho and Apozari in Kastoria in Greece, the citadel of Alessandria in Italy, the carillons of the Mafra National Palace in Portugal, the wooden churches in southern Transylvania and northern Oltenia in Romania, the Colour Row Settlement in Chernyakhovsk in Russia and the synagogue in Subotica in Serbiahavebeen selected as the 7 most threatened landmarks in Europe in 2014. The announcement was made today by the leading European heritage organisation Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank Institute (EIB-I) at a public event in the Austrian capital, which is hosting this year's European Heritage Congress. These gems of Europe’s cultural heritage are in serious danger, some due to lack of resources or expertise, others due to neglect or inadequate planning. Urgent action is therefore needed. Rescue missions will be organised during and after the summer and feasible action plans proposed by the end of the year.