Mr Dominioni, Executive Secretary of the EPa and Director of the EICR, is attending the European Culture Forum 2017, a biennial event organised by the European Commission, in order to foster European cultural cooperation, to gather cultural sectors key stakeholders to discuss about EU culture policy and initiatives. The 2017 edition is taking place for the first time outside of Brussels, in Milan.
The event marks also the official launch of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, to whose implementation the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe will contribute. In this respect the European Commission has released today a memo with questions and answers related to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018; in addressing the key question of how rich is Europe's cultural heritage, the document makes explicit reference to the "31 Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, crossing over 50 countries in Europe and beyond".
During the two days of the Forum several crucial and challenging issues will be discussed, among the others, can culture help to tackle European and global challenges? Does cultural heritage matter to Europeans? How can culture in cities and regions help to shape more cohesive and inclusive societies?
Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament and Dario Franceschini, Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism of Italy addressed the audience during the official opening session.