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What is Europe doing ?

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"The duty to remember". This expression applies not only to human beings, but also to the testimonies that they leave behind them. This duty concerns vestiges of civilisations that were forged over a long period of time and which enable generations of people to trace their roots to a common cultural identity. In this respect Europe is privileged to be one of the wealthiest and most diversified cradles of civilisation in the world. Its landscapes and cities are full of impressive reminders and more humble traces of a fabric of beliefs, ways of living and governing, shared and pluralistic values that was woven over a period lasting centuries.
These emblems of cultural heritage, whose protection is not merely a matter of aesthetic and historical concern, are under constant threat from pollution, ageing and natural disasters - not to mention negligence. Heritage preservation constitutes an important economic activity and a source of jobs. Research also has a role to play in this highly specialised sector of conservation, which requires an extremely high level of know-how.
For several years, the Union has been supporting a scientific and technological approach focusing on four major areas. In the field of prevention, the aim is to assess the damage (sometimes hardly visible, but nevertheless real) suffered by monuments and works of art. With respect to preservation, innovatory and reliable technologies have been developed to deal with the many aspects of their protection (structure, materials, resistance to meteorological conditions, climatological analyses of rooms, etc.). Detailed studies on the conservation, presentation and management of collections are being carried out to respond to new problems posed by the increasing importance of cultural tourism. Finally, since Europe is endowed with many historical towns, researchers are also exploring the complex interactions between urban contexts and the items of heritage which they contain.

 
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