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Cultural heritage as a factor in economic development
Europe's cultural heritage is a precious asset in economic terms too.
With this in mind, the Union is supporting projects in the field of vocational training, regional development and the use of digital content relating to culture. As a valuable resource shared by everyone, cultural heritage is protected at both national and European levels.
Training of heritage professionals
The Culture 2000 programme, through the annual projects and cooperation agreements for which it provides funding, promotes the mobility and training of those working in the field of cultural, archaeological and architectural heritage. Similarly, the Leonardo da Vinci programme supports projects which provide training in traditional occupations such as glassmaking. Under the national programmes financed through the European Social Fund, action is also being taken to provide training in the field of cultural heritage, for instance in the restoration and conservation of historical photographs.
Cultural heritage: regional development and employment
The European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF), which supports rural development projects, and the LEADER initiative also provide financial assistance for the renovation and development of buildings, cultural sites, movable property and objects, as, for example, in the project to revitalise the Welsh county of South Pembrokeshire. The SAPARD programme fulfils the same function for the enlargement countries.
A great many activities to promote cultural heritage are also supported by the Union through its policy to promote tourism and through the LIFE III programme, which contributes to the Union's environmental policy by facilitating the development of places of natural and cultural heritage and their management as tourist sites. Tourism is an important factor for social cohesion, economic growth and regional development. Europe is the number one tourist destination due to its rich and varied cultural heritage.
In 2002 a study was published on the subject of natural
and cultural heritage and the way it influences long term development
of tourism to non traditional tourist destinations.
Promoting cultural heritage through research and technology
As part of the research programme to promote a User-Friendly Information Society, work is carried out to explore how digital technologies can be used in projects relating to the enhancement and management of cultural heritage. The TEN-Telecom programme is geared more to the business sector and fosters the use of on-line services in areas of common interest, such as culture and access to heritage.
The sixth framework programme for research and technological development (2002-2006) includes a priority "Support to the other EU policies" which includes in particular one activity of research in the field of the cultural heritage. The sixth framework programme also finances under its international cooperation programme, certain research projects in the field of cultural heritage with partners from Mediterranean countries.
Finally, the eContent programme seeks to encourage the sale of digital content and the creation of multimedia information systems, some of which may relate to cultural heritage. The programme also aims to widen access to digital content by promoting linguistic diversity on worldwide networks such as the Internet.
Working together to combat trafficking in cultural goods
There are several European Commission initiatives concerning this issue:
|Last update: 03-05-2006|