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La culture dans une Union plus ambitieuse: le rôle des régions et des villes

Opinion Number: CDR 4646/2019
Rapporteur: BIANCO Vincenzo
Commission: SEDEC
Status: Adopted
Date: 12/02/2020
Capitalise on and promote the use of cultural resources, particularly by young people, with a view to securing developments in society, the economy and jobs;
Give Europeans a bigger role in cultural growth by giving them the tools they need to be active participants;
Plead for a culture which looks beyond the preservation and protection of heritage and helps us understand society’s dynamic and constantly changing nature;
Promote the culture of remembrance through an approach which takes a clear look at the past and emphasises its unique features, even in terms of its differences, and so bolsters a sense of common heritage in Europeans and young people in particular;
Ensure that cities and regions are aware of the role that they could play through a pluralist and innovative approach to culture by supporting peaceful integration based on consensus.

- considers it necessary to put in place a broad understanding of culture and Europe's cultural diversity that goes beyond solely the conservation and protection of tangible heritage and helps to understand the social and cultural changes taking place across European society;

- calls on the Commission to include culture as one of the political priorities to be pursued in the new term, and on the Council to support within the framework of the next MFF the allocation of adequate resources devoted to fostering regional and local promotion, management, use and development of cultural heritage;

- invites regions and cities in Europe, as well as regional cultural heritage organisations and networks, to draw inspiration from the framework in developing wide-reaching and effective actions and strategic plans on promoting and capitalising on cultural heritage;

- considers it necessary, at European level, to strengthen initiatives fostering knowledge of and access to Europe's cultural heritage, as an essential part of consolidating European citizenship and promoting individuals' sense of belonging to Europe;

- calls for increased investment in culture and in plans to bring aspects of cultural heritage, including those which have been neglected or abandoned, into use, under interactive and sustainable management within the new 2030 Urban Agenda. This will entail capitalising on innovative initiatives promoted by the municipalities and cooperation initiatives promoted by regional stakeholders;

- is aware of the importance of capitalising on digital opportunities to promote culture in an interactive way and attract all groups of society, especially young people, as the future custodians and promoters of cultural heritage;
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