European Heritage Days: extracts from the press conference by Commissioner Jan Figel
Première transmission: 22/09/2008
Brussels, Belgium - EC/Berlaymont
Fin de production: 25/09/2008
On the occasion of the 2008 European Heritage Days, Ján Figel', Member of the EC in charge of Education, Training, Culture and Youth, held a press conference to introduce the European heritage days event.
Once a year, Europe's cultural heritage is celebrated by people in 49 countries. The events highlight local skills and traditions, architecture and works of art. The goal is to bring citizens together to enjoy heritage and bridge differences in culture and language. The programme offers particularly opportunities to visit buildings, monuments and sites, many of which are not normally accessible to the public.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the press conference room.
||Ján Figel', Member of the EC in charge of Education, Training, Culture and Youth, saying (in ENGLISH) that heritage is also one of the Europe's major economic assets. More than half - according one of the latest figures 55% - of world's tourism, is aimed or oriented towards Europe. He thinks it is specifically because of the richness, attractiveness of culture heritage.
||Ján Figel' saying (in ENGLISH) that so as he said, this year is specifically connected with the promotion of intercultural dialogue within multicultural societies and communities. This means more active, more respectful and responsible approach.
||Ján Figel' saying (in ENGLISH) that culture program which is the main instrument, since 2000, supports 450 projects with more than one hundred million euro in area of cultural heritage. It is a very famous and popular activity, more than 20 years existing and evolving as European capital of culture. Now it is Stavanger and Liverpool; they have 2 cities every year now; he thinks Tallinn will be such capital of culture in Europe in 2011.
||Ján Figel' saying (in ENGLISH) that he wants to mention, and that is his last remark, that the first ever agenda adopted last year in European Union on the culture, called European cultural agenda in term of globalization, counts a lot of cultural heritage and cooperation around heritage. This will be an important contribution of Europe, not only looking to the past, quoting the glory of the past or importance of history for their coming together but also for the future when they seek some answers on the future. They can get a lot of inspiration from best parts of their heritage and history. He wants to wish all people involved in these actions, professionals and volunteers, every success. And of course they thank and express gratitude for the wonderful work they are doing in opening Europe's heritage to as many people as possible.