Fire in Notre Dame de Paris!!
It was shocking to see.
It may be one of those moments where a majority of people will be able to say "I remember where I was when Notre Dame burned."
It was a vivid reminder that we value our heritage. Of course heritage is also of importance locally, regionally and nationally. It matters to us, to our sense of place and of identity.
It may be reassuring to know that local and regional authorities charged with protecting and promoting our cultural heritage already have significant support from the European budget funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
What is the scope and volume of support to culture and heritage?
In the period 2014-2020 support to culture and heritage is mainly through actions funding the protection, development and promotion of public cultural actions.
Around EUR 4.7 billion is planned under the ERDF primarily with a view to creating local jobs in the running of such heritage sites and attracting visitors to the specific cities or localities.
Other relevant actions include development of heritage and cultural services, e-culture applications and private initiatives in the area of the cultural and creative industries all with the main objective of contributing to regional and economic development.
When successful such activities can make cultural and heritage sites more accessible and secure their preservation for the future.
And does the breakdown by investment actions compare by country?
In the period 2014-2020 the ERDF financial allocations to the different culture related investment actions can be compared countries. The chart below presents the relative shares of the planned amounts allocated by investment action.
Concrete examples of cultural and heritage projects supported are presented below!