Draft programme

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14:00 | Registration and coffee

14:30 | Welcome

  • Brendan Burns, EESC Member, President of the study group

Opening speech

  • Luca Jahier, EESC President


  • Tom Jones, EESC Member, Rapporteur

14:50 | Session 1 : EYCH 2018 - what has been planned and achieved so far

  • Guido Castellano, Deputy Head of Unit – Conception and Consistency of Rural Development,DG AGRI, European Commission
  • Rodolphe de Looz-Corswarem, Executive President of the European Historic Houses Association, Member of the Board of Europa Nostra, member of the network "European Heritage Alliance 3.3"Europa Nostra
  • Brigitte Myle, Coordinator of EYCH 2018 in Flanders (Belgium)
  • Anne Grady, National expert – Cultural Heritage/ EYCH 2018, Cultural Policy Unit, DG EAC, European Commission


15:50 | Session 2 : Specific aspects of rural cultural heritage

Villages and their cultural heritage

  • Alex Meszmer, artist and curator, Co-director of the Transitory Museum at Phyn, Vice President of Culture Action Europe

Economic and social value of cultural heritage

  • Lisanne Raderschall, Policy Analyst, Regional and Rural Policy, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities at the OECD

Cultural heritage of landscapes & buildings

  • Delphine Dupeux, Senior Policy Officer - European Affairs, European Landowners' Organization / European Historic Houses Association

Crafts and skills

  • Lene Noer, Grasslands

Building bridges between rural and urban

  • Lone Leth Larsen, International cultural adviser, Central Denmark EU Office

Innovative ways of presenting and transferring cultural heritage

  • The Piscu School, Romania (video)


17:20 | Conclusions by the rapporteur and next steps

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