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.
The EIB Group has stepped up its level of precaution at its headquarters in Luxembourg and in its external offices. All staff will telework as of 16 March. A small number of staff whose physical presence on EIB premises is indispensable will continue to be present on the EIB campus. The decision aims to protect the health of employees and ensure the continuity of the EIB Group’s activity.
On Wednesday the EIB identified its first case of one staff member who tested positive for corona virus.
As a precautionary measure, the EIB decided not to hold the meeting of its Board of Directors planned for Thursday 12 March in person. Decisions on the Board’s agenda will be taken by written procedure. The Bank has put in place measures to prevent disruption to its governance or operation approval schedule.
On Monday 2 March, the former President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, visited the EIB in Luxembourg on a joint invitation from the Bank, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the Court of Auditors.