EU-UNESCO information meeting on underwater cultural heritage - protection and opportunities

Hosted by Ricardo Serrão Santos Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the "Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services" Working Group of the EP Intergroup "Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development"

Thursday 1 October 2015 | 11:00 – 14:00 | European Parliament, Brussels

The aim of the meeting is:

  • to examine the legal status of underwater cultural heritage;
  • to review recent technological achievements;
  • to suggest next steps for realising the potential of underwater cultural heritage , especially for informing us about Europe’s (pre)history and enhancing coastal areas’ tourist appeal.

Full program

Participants are kindly requested to register here.

Contact : Arjen Gerretsen +32 2 290 89 60 -


Public hearing on "Destruction and Trafficking of Cultural Heritage"

The Committee on Culture and Education will hold a public hearing on ‘Destruction and trafficking of cultural heritage’ on Monday, 13 July 2015 from 15:00 to 17:30 in Brussels, meeting room József Antall (JAN) 6Q2. Representatives from academic institutes, as well as from UNESCO, the International Criminal Court (ICC), INTERPOL and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) have been invited to take part in the debate.

These experts will give an overview of the main issues regarding the destruction and trafficking of cultural heritage, with a specific focus on the role of the European Union in crisis situations such as those in Syria and Iraq.

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