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Heritage conservation, a key element in socio-economic development

Strasbourg, 07.03.2014 – The Standing Committee, meeting today in Paris, proposed a series of measures to member states for conserving the endangered heritage in Europe. The resolution adopted, on the basis of the report by Vesna Marjanović (Serbia, SOC), stresses that heritage preservation needs long-term integrated strategies and coherent policies, which should take into account not only the costs of conservation projects but also their significant contribution to economic and social development. States should ratify and implement the Faro Convention, the Council of Europe treaty which defines principles and guidelines in this field.

The parliamentarians also recommend conducting national surveys to identify endangered heritage and set priorities for action, and introducing financial incentives for conservation and restoration projects, for example tax reductions, soft loans and other incentives.