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The EU’s Approach to Cultural Heritage Protection in Conflict and Crises
On 21 June 2021, the Foreign Affairs Council adopted Conclusions on the EU strategic approach to cultural heritage in conflicts and crises, formally recognising cultural heritage as a component of the EU’s foreign policy toolbox and providing institutions and experts with a new political and operational framework. These documents offer an important contribution to the EU’s strategic approach to peace, security and development, throughout the conflict cycle.
To follow up on this agenda, the EUISS in collaboration with culture Solutions organised an expert roundtable on the EU’s approach to Cultural Heritage Protection in Conflict and Crises in Brussels, Belgium, on 12 October 2022.
Bringing together senior officials and cultural heritage experts from the European External Action Service (EEAS), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and EU Member States, the event provided a forum to take stock of EU actions in the field of cultural heritage protection during conflicts, gather a set of good practices, and pave the way for future engagement, in light of recent challenges and threats against cultural heritage and peace.