The European cooperation project ‘Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe: Towards a European Index for Cultural Heritage’ organised the third meeting of its Steering Committee on 19 May in Leuven, hosted by one of the project’s partners, the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation. Representatives from the consortium’s six partners came together to discuss the progress made in the implementation of the project, with a special emphasis on the collection of existing data on the impact of Europe’s cultural heritage on society and the economy.

Since the beginning of 2014, the International Cultural Centre in Poland and the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (KU Leuven) in Belgium have been gathering and analysing hundreds of existing research documents, reports and case studies that demonstrate heritage’s social, cultural, economic and environmental benefits on society as well as its impact on smart, sustainable, inclusive growth and quality of life.

The result of this collection and analysis will be presented in mid-June 2015 during the Europa Nostra’s Annual Congress in Oslo. The aim is to raise greater public awareness on the multiple benefits of cultural heritage and present policy recommendations to the EU Institutions for tapping into heritage’s full potential.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be organised in October at the International Cultural Center in Krakow, Poland.

The cooperation project ‘Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe’ is supported by the Culture programme of the European Union.