The challenge of making Europe's cultural heritage more accessible and ensuring a thriving creative economy was among the issues addressed by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, at the Cultural Summit in Avignon, France.
The event, which was organised as part of France's Presidency of the G8-G20 group of world economic powers, was attended by President Nicolas Sarkozy, French Minister of Culture and Communication Frédéric Mitterrand and representatives of the G8-G20 countries.
Commissioner Vassiliou highlighted recommendations by the Commission's expert group on digitisation (Comité des Sages) for Europe's digital library Europeana to become the main portal for online access to cultural heritage and to encourage public-private partnerships to drive digitisation and job creation).
"Preservation of cultural heritage for future generations should be an imperative for every society," said Commissioner Vassiliou before the event. The Cultural Summit took place in parallel with the Forum D'Avignon, an annual meeting dedicated to exchanges between stakeholders from the worlds of culture, the creative industries, the economy and the media.