Let’s Celebrate The Diversity and Richness of Our European Heritage

2018: The Year of European Cultural Heritage

2018 is planned to be an eventful year, since Malta’s presidency of the EU agreed the planned programme with officials from the European Parliament. 2018 is also the year celebrating Valletta as one of the two European capitals of culture.

Earlier this month the Council and European Parliament representatives came to a provisional agreement on a verdict establishing a European Year of Cultural Heritage (2018).
Cultural heritage incorporates resources from the past in a variation of forms and aspects. These comprise in monuments, sites, traditions, transmitted knowledge and expressions of human creativity, in addition to collections conserved and managed by museums, libraries and archives.

The goal of this initiative is to increase sentience of European history and values and to reinforce a sense of European character. Simultaneously, it draws attention to the opportunities provided by our cultural heritage, yet also to the trials it faces, such as the influence of the digital change, ecological and physical burden on heritage sites, and the unlawful trafficking of cultural items.

The key aims of this European Year are:

• to endorse cultural multiplicity, intercultural discourse and social unity;
• to underline the monetary support of cultural heritage to the cultural and artistic sectors, together with small and medium-sized enterprises, and to local and regional expansion
• to highlight the function of cultural heritage in EU external relations, including conflict deterrence, post-conflict resolution and reconstruction of ruined cultural heritage

The European Year will have a devoted pecuniary envelope of €8 million. Representatives of the European Parliament will be able to contribute as witnesses in the meetings of national directors assembled by the Commission for the organisation of the European Year.

Subsequent steps

Coreper will be requested to promote the agreement at a impending meeting. The Chairman of Coreper will then send a letter to the Chairperson of the European Parliament's CULT committee. That letter will designate that, if the Parliament implements at its plenary session the compromise text as ratified by the Coreper, the Council will adopt the text in first reading without adjustments. This should facilitate the new regulation to enter into power soon enough to let the Commission and member states adequate time for the necessary arrangements.  


The concept of a European Year of Cultural Heritage was brought to light for the first time in 2014, when the Council mentioned to it in its decisions on the involved governance of cultural heritage. The notion received strong support from the European Parliament, after the Commission presented its proposal for a European Year of Cultural Heritage in August 2016.

Back in November 2016, the Council adopted a general approach on the proposal. The report on the decision was voted at its meeting by The European Parliament's Culture and Education Committee (CULT Committee).

The Valletta 2018 Foundation salutes the hard work of the Maltese Presidency, representing the Council of the EU, to efficaciously concluded negotiations with European Parliament in establishing 2018 as a European Year of Cultural Heritage.

What’s more, 2018 will also be the year in which Valletta is European Capital of Culture and will be presenting a series of cultural ventures and events as part of the Valletta 2018 Cultural Programme.

As evidenced by this article, we firmly believe that Malta and Gozo have so much to offer, historically, culturally and traditionally. If you’re interested in property purchase, contact 77 Great Estates today.

Our helpful Estate Agents are always ready to give you sound advice about recommending property that echoes your vision.

For the latest updates on news and property for sale in Malta and Gozo, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.



ALL types of residential & commercial properties wanted to sell & to let - Book a free valuation today!