The value of cultural heritage in a democratic society
Reply to Recommendation
| Doc. 14962
| 12 September 2019
- Committee of Ministers
- Adopted at the 1352nd meeting
of the Ministers’ Deputies (4 September 2019). 2019 - Fourth part-session
- Reply to Recommendation
- : Recommendation 2149
The Committee of
Ministers has considered with great attention Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 2149 (2019)
“The value of cultural heritage in a democratic society”.
It has brought it to the attention of the governments of member
States and has communicated it to the committees involved.Note
2 The Committee of Ministers considers that culture and cultural
heritage play an important role in defending democratic values and
European unity and contribute to the democratic stability of Europe.
Culture and heritage, encouraging dialogue and developing respect
for identities and diversities, are valuable tools to counter current
threats to democracy.
3 The Committee of Ministers shares the Assembly’s views that
the Council of Europe instruments and programmes, including the
European Cultural Convention (ETS No. 018), the Council of Europe
Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society
(CETS No. 199, known as the “Faro Convention”), the European Cultural
Heritage Strategy for the 21st Century
(Strategy 21), the Council of Europe Cultural Routes Programme,
the European Heritage Days and the European Heritage Network (HEREIN)
provide an excellent framework for promoting cultural heritage in
member States and for contributing to their sustainable development
4 It takes good note, in any event, of the Assembly's call for
increased support for work programmes in the field of culture and
cultural heritage, as well as of the recommendation to strengthen
co‑operation with the European Union based on the Memorandum of
Understanding between the Council of Europe and the European Union
to promote innovation in the areas in question.
5 In this context, the Committee of Ministers sees the European
Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage and the new European Agenda
and Work Plan for Culture as optimal frameworks for stepping up
the long-standing co-operation between the two organisations. It
agrees with the Assembly that exchanges and projects with the Union
could propose targeted assistance to member States, promote European
cultural values and contribute to sustainable development in Europe
and beyond, following the principles of the Faro Convention and
the European Heritage Strategy for the 21st Century.
6 Given the challenges Europe is facing, the momentum created
through the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 and the Council
of Europe's innovative and recognised standard-setting acquis, it seems that culture and
heritage have the potential to become real drivers of change.