EAC - Europae Archaeologiae Consilium

European affairs update

April 2016

Presidency Council of the European Union Jan-Jun 2016: The Netherlands
Committee of Ministers (CoE) chairmanship Nov 2015-May 2016: Bulgaria
European Capitals of Culture 2016: Donostia-San Sebastián (Spain) and Wroclaw (Poland)



Communication of the European Commission ‘Towards a modern, more European copyright framework’ (COM(2015)626)

The Commission has presented its vision on a modern EU copyright framework in line with its Digital Single Market Strategy. The Communication gives a preview of legislative proposals and policy initiatives that will be developed in the next months. It also mentions issues related to digital cultural heritage. For more information, see this press release.

In preparation: Draft Conclusions of the Council of the EU on access, visibility and use of European digital cultural heritage and in particular on the role of Europeana

Conclusions are being prepared under the Dutch Presidency of the EU Council. A conference on this topic will be organised in June 2016. This is the link to the registration website for the conference, which also contains brief information on topics and intended participants.

European Parliament Round table discussion ‘Modern heritage at risk’

On 23 February 2016, MEP Momchil Nekov (S&D) hosted a round table discussion on ‘Modern heritage at risk’, focussing on socialist heritage in post-socialist countries. Europa Nostra and ICOMOS representatives were present and contributed to the discussion. See this page for the programme.


Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers on the Internet of citizens (CM/Rec(2016)2)

The Committee of Ministers has adopted a Recommendation which sets out policy guidelines promoting the human and cultural dimension of the internet. The CoM recommends that member States recognise digital culture as one of the key issues for modern cultural policy making and revisit their cultural policy approaches with a view to implementing the policy guidelines.

Implementation of the Namur Declaration: European Heritage Strategy for the 21st century ("Strategy 21")

As a follow-up to the Namur Declaration (April 2015), the CoE is now working on the drafting of a European Heritage Strategy. Preparatory meetings are taking place to explore and define the three main pillars of the Strategy: Social pillar, Sustainable development pillar and Knowledge and education pillar. The Strategy will be discussed at the next Steering Committee of Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) in June 2016. More details to come later.

Funding and investments


The Creative Europe programme aims to support culture and audiovisual sectors in Europe and encourages players to operate across Europe, to reach new audiences and to develop skills needed in the digital age. Currently, there are no calls open under the Culture sub-programme. New calls for (cooperation) projects are expected in fall 2016.

See for current calls this page. Contact details of National Creative Europe desks.


The Erasmus+ programme aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising education, training, and youth work in Europe. The 2016 Call for proposals supports several kinds of actions in education and training such as knowledge and sector skills alliances and strategic partnerships. For more details, see the Programme Guide.


The Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change supports the alignment of cultural heritage research in Europe in order to avoid fragmentation and to maximize the efficiency and added-value of national investments. The JPI on CH just launched a new 4-year (Horizon 2020) project which will support further alignment and joint activities. New project calls are to be expected in the next years (no details yet). Explore more about the JPI on CH on this website.


Horizon 2020 is the EU’s main funding programme for research and innovation in Europe. It is a financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. The business and academic world are also challenged to come up with solutions and ideas to tackle societal issues that arise across Europe, such as climate change and an ageing population.

Cultural heritage research and innovation in 2016 and 2017

Over €100 million is available this term (2016-17) for research and innovation in the field of cultural heritage. The H2020 programme is built around three pillars: Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges and some horizontal actions. Depending on your work area or research interest opportunities might be found under all pillars. Detailed information on calls can be found in the Work Programmes 2016-17 (see WPs under sections). Relevant heritage funding strands this year include:

  • Societal Challenges, SC3 Secure, clean and efficient energy
    • Horizon prize for Integrated Photovoltaic System in European Protected Historic Urban districts. (See p.139 of Work Programme, details to be announced later this year)

Also see the calls under Science with and for society for interesting opportunities in relation to participatory practices, responsible research and education. And calls under Co-creation for growth and inclusion (part of Societal Challenges pillar) might be interesting in relation to co-creation and evidence-based policy making topics.

Preparing of new Work Programmes 2018-2020

Preparations for the new Work Programmes have started. Stakeholder consultations are taking place in the first half of 2016. Consultation for Societal Challenge 5 is open until 8 April 2016.
For more details on consultations see this page.


Interreg V 2014-2020 (European Territorial Cooperation) is a framework for the implementation of joint actions and policy exchanges in Europe between national, regional and local actors from different Member States. The framework is part of the Cohesion Policy and promotes innovation, a better environment and harmonious economic, social and territorial development of the Union as a whole. Interreg is built around three strands of cooperation: cross-border (Interreg A, 60 cooperation programmes), transnational (Interreg B, 15 cooperation programmes) and interregional (Interreg C, 4 cooperation programmes.). There are 11 thematic objectives which guide the ERDF investments 2014-2020 of which Interreg is part. Conserving, protecting, promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage is one of the investment priorities (priority 6c).

Interreg Europe (former IVC)

A new call for interregional cooperation projects opened 5 April 2016. Applications can be submitted until 13 May 2016 via Interreg Europe’s online system. Specific objective 4.1 (see page 21-23 of Programme Manual) includes support to cultural heritage. For more information, see this page


A Call for Proposals for the creation of up to 15 Implementation Networks opened on 22 March 2016. Deadline of the Call is 22 June 2016. URBACT co-funds Implementation Networks for cities to improve the delivery of their integrated urban strategies and action plans addressing a (specific) policy challenge. Cultural heritage is one of the urban topics under URBACT. For more information, see this page.


Europeana Space Hackathon ‘ART//GAMES//HACKATHON’ (16-17 April 2016, Nottingham, UK)

An intensive weekend workshop, which will allow artists, coders and technologists to collaborate, team up and develop prototypes of game / art projects.
More information? See this link.

InHERiT seminar ‘Cultural Heritage as Economic Value: Economic Benefits, Social Opportunities, and Challenges of Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Development’ (11-13 May 2016, Athens, Greece)

More information? See this link.

European Heritage Heads Forum (EHHF) Annual Meeting (18-20 May, Bern, Switzerland)

The 2016 Annual Meeting will focus on the changing approaches to heritage in the European cultural heritage sector. Attendance is strictly by invitation only.
More information? See this link.

Interpret Europe conference ‘Heritage interpretation – for the future of Europe’ (21-24 May 2016, Mechelen, Belgium)

The 2016 Interpret Europe conference, organised by Herita, invites participants from all backgrounds to experience and to discuss how heritage interpretation can help to reflect upon important European subjects such as human rights, sustainability, peace, lifelong learning and active citizenship.
More information? See this link.

Europa Nostra’s ‘European Heritage Congress’ (22-27 May 2016, Madrid, Spain)

Special focus on the theme of social participation in heritage protection. European Heritage Awards Ceremony on 24 May.
More information? See this link.

RICHES policy seminar ‘New horizons for cultural heritage – Recalibrating relationships: bringing cultural heritage and people together in a changing Europe’ (23 May 2016, Brussels, Belgium)

Scope of the seminar is to discuss how the RICHES project can provide insights to support evidence-based policymaking in Europe. The programme includes updates by representatives from the European Parliament and the European Commission, policy recommendations by RICHES and a round table discussion, which will provide recommendations for the H2020 work programme 2018-2020.
More information? See this link.

The European Archaeological Heritage Prize 2016 - Call for Nominations (deadline: 1 June 2016)

Each year the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) awards a prize to an individual, institution, or to a local or regional government for an outstanding contribution to the protection and presentation of the European archaeological heritage. The prize will be awarded during the EAA Annual Meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania (31 August 2016).
More information? See this link.

CHeriScape Conference V ‘Landscape in imagination and the virtual future’ (14-16 June 2016, Newcastle, UK)

This fifth and final conference of the CHeriScape Project will look forwards, and inward into imagination.
More information? See this link.

Conference ‘Ready to reach out – Conference on Digitisation of Cultural Heritage’ (29-30 June 2016, Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

During its Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Netherlands will host a conference on digital heritage. The conference focuses on the future of digital and digitalized heritage.More information? See this link.

European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) Annual Meeting (31August-4 September 2016, Vilnius, Lithuania)

Registration for the EAA Annual Meeting is now open. The sessions during the meeting focus on six interesting themes.
More information? See this link.

Other updates

Update on the initiative for a European Cultural Heritage Year 2018

The German Cultural Heritage Committee (DNK) has published an update on the progress of the ECHY 2018 initiative and the intended schedule. A group of involved stakeholders has drafted a concept paper ‘Sharing heritage’ outlining the theme and plans for the European Cultural Heritage Year. For more details on the ECHY 2018 initiative, see this page.

European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS) included in ESFRI Roadmap 2016

On March 10th the European Strategic Forum for Research infrastructures (ESFRI) launched its new roadmap. This strategy document identifies a limited number of Research Infrastructures projects of special relevance for Europe. E-RIHS has been chosen as one of the six new projects which will enter the Preparation phase, thus recognizing the importance of heritage sciences for European science and innovation competitiveness. The Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH) and the Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure (CLARIN) have received the status of ‘ESFRI Landmark’, indicating them as a successful example of how ESFRI projects develop into ERICs. Explore the ESFRI Roadmap 2016 here.

Dialogue on the free movement of archaeologists in the EU

The European Heritage Heads Forum has published an online news item on an issue which has come up in the context of the implementation of Directive 2013/55/EU on the recognition of professional qualifications. This directive should help enable the free movement of professionals. The profession of archaeologist falls under this directive but some questions have come up in Flanders for example. The Flanders Heritage Agency is in dialogue with the European Commission on compensatory measures needed to deal with the issues encountered. Read more about this topic on the EHHF’s website.

9 historical sites added to European Heritage Label list

The European Commission has added 9 new sites to the European Heritage Label list. They add up to the 20 sites that received the Label in the past two years. Read more about the 9 selected sites on this page.

Study on societal value of arts and culture: ‘Cultural Times’

After the ‘Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe report’ there is now a new interesting study presenting a mapping of the impact of Cultural and Creative Industries on society and economy: ‘Cultural Times’ (by CISAC, UNESCO and EY).
Explore the study here.

Conference proceedings ‘‘Heritage Counts’ Reflections on Cultural Heritage Theories and Practices’

This publication is the result of an international conference on the economic, social, environmental and cultural impact of built cultural heritage which was organised in 2015 by the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (KU Leuven) in Leuven, Belgium. It reflects on heritage impact by providing research, case studies and reflections that can serve as baseline records, guidance and inspiration. You can order the publication on this page.

Good practice report on innovative financing instruments for the cultural and creative sector

In the context of the Work Plan for Culture, an OMC group on access to finances for the cultural and creative sectors has published a new report: ‘Towards more efficient financial ecosystems’. Written by experts from national governments, the report addresses the challenges the cultural and creative small businesses face finding funding. It highlights over 100 innovative instruments and 32 success stories. You can download it here.

By Djurra Scharff, Assistant European Archaeological Council (EAC) (djurra.scharff@e-a-c.org)

Special EAC Briefing

Special EAC Briefing Notes on the newly-proposed EU funding strands covering the 2014-2020 period. 

The Future of EU Structural Funds 2014-2020

Briefing Maritime and Fisheries COM 804

Horizon 2020 Briefing Note 

Successor to Culture 2000 Briefing

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