Creative Ireland Forum and Conference 2017 launched the European Year of Cultural Heritage in Ireland this morning in Dublin Castle.
The European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, addressed the attendees. In his speech he said: "Above all, the European Year of Cultural Heritage is for citizens – all of them, regardless of their backgrounds. And we know it means a lot to them: According to a new Eurobarometer study that we released just last week, a large majority of Europeans say that cultural heritage is important to them personally, as well as to their community, region, country and the EU as a whole. A large majority also take pride in cultural heritage, and agree that it can improve their quality of life and their sense of belonging to Europe. In Ireland, 78% of respondents agreed with this sentiment, and I am sure that this also reflects the work of the Culture Ireland programme."
See below for the full text of the Commissioner's speech.
As part of a series of "town hall" meetings across the EU, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport will lead an Irish event with Minister for European Affairs, Helen McEntee TD. This follows Jean-Claude Juncker's invitation to Member States to tell the Commission where they want Europe to head in the future, whether they want more or less "Europe" and how.
The event, which takes place on Wednesday 13 December starting at 12.30 pm, is open to the public, just registration is needed. UCD and RTE's Aoibhin Ní Shúilleabháin will moderate the discussion. There will be light refreshments at 12 pm.
The event will be webstreamed below.
The Commission Representation in Ireland is hosting a Citizens' Dialogue on the Future of Europe on Wednesday 13 December starting at 12 noon in the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin.
The keynote speakers at this event will be:
- EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics
- Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee TD.
The event will be moderated by Aoibhinn Ní...
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