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One-day conference titled "Innovative and Novel Museums in Europe: EMYA Awards by the European Museum Forum. The Greek and International Experience" took place at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens on Monday, November 28, 2016, as a result of cooperation between NAM and Heritage & Museums and with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland to Greece.

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The President of H&M, Heritage & Museums and a member of the European Museum Forum Board, Mrs. Lila de Chaves Chronopoulou and the Director of the National Archaeological Museum in Athens Dr. Maria Lagogiannis have co-organized the conference. During the event issues of special interest were presented, such as cultural evolution of museums in the European countries and the experiences of the winning museums, Greek and foreign, in the forty years since the founding of the EMF European Musem of the Year Award and Council of Europe Museum Prize – one of the most important institutions in the field of museums, founded 40 years ago by the British non-conformist museologist Kenneth Hudson.

The one-day conference was a big success: greeting were addressed by the General Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Sport Mrs. Maria Andreadaki Vlazaki, the General Director of Antiquities of the Ministry of Culture and Sport Mrs. Elena Korka, the President of H&M Heritage & Museums, Member of the Board of EMF Council of Europe, Coordinator of the national correspondents of European states Mrs. Lila de Chaves Chronopoulou, the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Councilor Mr. Alexander Voudouris, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland Mrs. Anna Barbarzak, President of the Cultural, Sport and Youth Organization of the Municipality of Athens Mr. Christos Tentomas, the former General Director of the Ministry of Culture and Sport Mrs. Vivi Vassilopoulou, a journalist Mr. Dimitris Trikas and a panel discussion was chaired by a writer and journalist Mr. Takis Theodoropoulos.

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Important speeches and opinions, with the positive message for the development of museums for the benefit of societies were presented by the most distinguished colleagues from the museum field, including the honorary Director of Antiquities of the Ministry of Culture Mrs. Ekaterini Romiopoulou, prize EMF, EMYA 1977, for the temporary exhibition "The Treasures of the Ancient Macedonia" in the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, the honorary Director of the Museum of Byzantine Culture in Thessaloniki Mrs. Anastasia Tourta, Council of Europe Award 2005 and the Director of the Archaeological Museum of Tegea Mrs. Anna Karapanagiotou, "Special Commendation", EMYA 2016.

Two special guests from Poland participated in the conference: the directors from Polish award-winning museums: Museum of the History of Polish Jews “POLIN” in Warsaw, EMYA 2016 and European Solidarity Center in Gdansk, Council of Europe 2016 Prize, who presented their awarded institutions to the audience.

 
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Europa Nostra held its autumn Board and Council meetings on 9-11 November 2016 in Leipzig, Germany, on the occasion of the denkmal fair, Europe’s leading Trade Fair for Conservation, Restoration and Old Building Renovation. An insightful three-day programme of events, with side meetings, ensured that participants had ample time to network and exchange views with professionals from the wider heritage field and participants of the denkmal fair.

Europa Nostra also organised two key events that brought together members of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3 as well as the wider public attending the denkmal fair.

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European Heritage Alliance had a meeting and public debate in Leipzig on the theme

„Towards the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018“

The event was organised in cooperation with Europa Nostra as the main coordinator of the alliance and Deutsches Nationalkomitee fur Denkmalschutz and supported by Creative Europe. The meeting was organised to strengthen messages and keep focus on the joint activities for 2018 since this will be a unique opportunity to address issues of utmost importance. One of them is certainly the problem of the financial limit to invest into cultural heritage monuments – 5 million euro maximum per object.

Goranka Horjan, chair of European Museum Forum stressed that this limitation is particularly difficult for museums. They are usually housed in a cultural monument that needs constant maintenance and often renovation and restoration on one hand and huge investment into museum contents and expositions to make them attractive to various audiences.

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EU alliance

European Museum Forum’s Chair participated at the European Heritage Alliance Meeting in Brussels on the eve of announcing 2018 as the Year of Cultural Heritage by the EU Commissioner Tibor Navracic.

Together with 20 other representatives of different heritage networks Goranka Horjan, Chair of the EMF Board of Trustees, took part at the meeting held on 18th April 2016 where possibilities of further cooperation between organisations have been explored.

However, the main issue on the agenda was proclamation of the year 2018 as the Year of Cultural Heritage by the EU Commissioner Tibor Navracic, expected to be officially announced during the European Culture Forum the next day. All members of the Alliance have been asked for contributions in defining the main strategies how to use the huge political significance of this decision and how to address issues of utmost importance for the whole sector. Although the allocated budget is expected to be relatively small, by joining forces in using existing events for additional promotion can have a multiple effect. Therefore, each organization has been asked to draft the plan for 2017-2019 main events and to list protagonists.

During the meeting the exchange has been made with Mr Jens Nymand Christensen, Deputy Director General of the DG Education and Culture from the European Commission.

The 40th Anniversary of EMYA next year has been announced as a key event of the European Museum Forum in 2017 and partner organizations that are actively involved with museums will be invited as speakers on the Saturday panel prior to the main Ceremony. This can help to articulate the key messages for 2018.

The next Alliance meeting will take place on 10th November 2016 in Karlsruhe during the NEMO annual conference.

 
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IN ODER NOT TO FORGET THE UNIVERSAL VALUE OF CULTURE

European Museum Forum expresses concern about the increase of violence towards Cultural Heritage sites and their visitors. Yesterday attack to the Bardo museum, is just the last one of a long series.

While European Museum Forum conveys its solidarity to the families of the victims, the staff of the museum and to all the Tunisian people, it must be remembered that Cultural Heritage is a universal language for the construction of a peaceful and democratic society, as in the processes of sustainable development and the promotion of cultural diversity.

European Museum Forum, under the patronage of the Council of Europe, make a call on everyone to take active part in the defence of human rights, affirming the universal value of Cultural Heritage for humanity in every situation.

Besides, EMF call on the ICOM Observatory for Illicit traffic to secure that pillaged objects don’t enter the black market for financing war actions.

Read here the full declaration.

 
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The MUCEM wins the 2015 Council of Europe Museum Prize

The Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2015 has been awarded to the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MUCEM) in Marseille, France.

The museum was selected for the prize from a shortlist of three candidates by the Culture Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). The museum displayed “a new and innovative concept, in a breathtaking site with outstanding architecture, which perfectly fulfils all the criteria of the Council of Europe Museum Prize,” said PACE’s rapporteur on the prize Vesna Marjanovic (Serbia, SOC).

MUCEM explores the Mediterranean as the birthplace of civilisations and a crossroads of both European and Arab cultures. Ms Marjanovic particularly praised the museum’s role as a “contemporary Agora”, attracting a wide public with an impressive programme of educational visits, debates with artists and writers, seminars, festivals and concerts.

The prize is decided on the basis of a shortlist presented by a jury of the European Museum Forum, and forms part of the European Museum of the Year Awards.

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