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									                             Anita Pollack
                                European Consultant
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EU REPORT for EAC                                       NOVEMBER 2011
Polish Presidency:
Capitals of Culture: Turku and Talinn
EU Year of Volunteering

Please note this Briefing is bi-monthly. Expect the next issue January.
Next EU Presidency, from 1 January will be Denmark.

The Euro-zone fiscal crisis dominates all policy-making.


Interreg IVC
Fourth Call for projects has closed.
North Sea Region
The 7th Call for applications is now closed.

Baltic Sea Region
The 13th Baltic Development Forum Summit and EC 2nd Forum on EU strategy for the
Baltic Sea Region were jointly held in Gdansk on 24-26 October. Amongst various
new projects approved starting this autumn, one is on Baltic Landscapes (PA9), with a
budget of over 2 million Euro including some Norway co-financing. Lead partner is
Sweden and there are 15 partners. The aim is to foster good governance and look at
innovative approaches towards sustainable forested landscapes. For information go to or telephone the Rostock office on +49 381 45484 5281 or the
Riga office on +371 6737373.
The next Baltic Sea Region Programme Conference will be held on 19 – 20
September 2012, in Lillestrom, Norway.

North West Europe Region
Ninth Call closed.

Central Europe Region
Fourth Call closed.

Atlantic Area
This region’s Annual Conference will be held in Dublin on February 7th, 2012, under
the theme “The Marine Economy’ – a key component of the EU Integrated Strategy

for the Atlantic Area”. For details go to: Joint Technical Secretariat - Atlantic Area
Operational Programme 2007-2013. Tel: 00351 226 086 300. Note that this is a
change of date.

South East Europe Region
Third call closed. Their website now has a partner search facility. www.southeast-

They have just produced a lengthy document listing on-going projects. Some of these
may be of interest to archaeologists, (lots concerned themselves with spatial
development) so the whole document is worth downloading and looking at, even
though it is 84 pages. See
For example, take a look at the project on page 61, Landscape Policy for 3 countries
Parl LP3LP. This is under Priority 2, Targeted analysis, in the cross-border Meuse-
Rhine region, looking at how landscape identity contributes to a smart, inclusive and
sustainable development. The lead partner is not yet selected. Stakeholders various,
but include the Flemish Region Department of Spatial Planning and Cultural Heritage,
and City of Aachen Department of Planning. Budget approximately €360,000. Or the
project on page 62, Liveable Landscapes: a key value for sustainable territorial
development, LIVELAND. This is also priority 2 and its aims include developing a
definition for regional development towards sustainability. No lead partner yet, with
inputs from areas such as Basque, Delftland, Offenburg and Ljubljana. Budget
approximately €380,000.
You can subscribe free, online, to the ESPON Newsletter, which may well be worth
while, by going to

The proposal for the follow-on to Culture 2000 fund, to cover the period 2014-2020,
was published on 23 November. It is projected to be worth €1.8 billion over this
period, (a 37% increase on current funding) although historically the proposed amount
has always been slashed by the Council of Ministers. In these times of austerity
doubtless this one will suffer the same fate.

Although there are plenty of details about the proposed structure of the fund, detailed
negotiates will take place during 2012 and there is little point getting too involved at
this stage.

The text is available at


On 6 October 2011 the European Commission published its draft Cohesion legislative
package for the funding period 2014-2020. This is subject to agreement by the
European Parliament and Council of Ministers, and it is expected that it will be under
negotiation until about the end of 2012.

Your editor has read and analysed all the documents (which run to hundreds of pages)
and can provide a special report (terms still to be agreed).

Decision 1194/2011/EU, establishing an EU action for the European Heritage Label,
was published in the Official Journal on 22 November (OJ L303), after the European
Parliament approved it at a second reading on 16 November. A panel of independent
experts will be established to administer this (four appointed by European Parliament,
four by the Council, four by the European Commission and one by the Committee of
the Regions. There is to be €650,000 up to 31 December 2013 attached to this. As
the heritage Label is highly likely to be relevant to archaeologists, your editor
strongly recommends EAC members to read the full text. It is nine pages long. Click
on http://eur-

The European Commission continues its efforts to make Europe’s cultural heritage
more accessible online. On 28 October it adopted a Recommendation (See OJ L283)
asking Member states to step up their efforts, pool their resources and involve the
private sector in digitising structural material. Vice-President Kroes of the European
Commission will make a short presentation on this at the Council of Education, Youth,
Culture and Sport Ministers meeting on 28-29 November. The Commission would like
to see 30 million objects in Europeana by 2015 (today the count is 19 million.) For the
text see
Also, see Europeana on

Natura 2000, the EU's network of protected areas, has undergone a significant
expansion. Nearly 18 800 square kilometres have been added, including a major
addition of marine areas covering 17 000 square kilometres which will increase
protection for many endangered marine species. The new marine sites will provide a
vital refuge for many of Europe's rarest and most endangered species. The expansions
will also increase protection for a range of valuable terrestrial habitats, including peat
bogs in Lithuania, salt plains in Hungary, and species-rich chalk grasslands in Italy and
Cyprus. For details see

On Monday 28 November, in Lisbon, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and
Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, will present a new maritime strategy for growth and jobs in
the Atlantic Ocean area, just adopted by the European Commission. The strategy
identifies challenges and opportunities in the region and takes stock of existing
initiatives that can support growth and job creation. The strategy will be implemented
through an Action Plan in 2013. The Commission calls on stakeholders to help design
concrete projects which would be able to benefit from EU funding. The Commission
will facilitate the development of this Action Plan through a series of workshops and
discussion groups that will be open to a wide array of participants - the 'Atlantic Forum'.
The new strategy is developed under the EU's Integrated Maritime Policy and follows
similar strategies for the Baltic, the Arctic and the Mediterranean areas. Commissioner

Damanaki will present the strategy at the high-level Lisbon Atlantic Conference and
Stakeholder Day, on 28-29 November, where a first discussion will take place.

Twenty-one destinations from across Europe received the 2011 EDEN Award for
exemplary regeneration and promotion of their declining physical sites; at a gala Award
ceremony at the end of September, an exhibition of awarded destinations and an EDEN
network meeting. From abandoned mines and disused factories to derelict railways and
overgrown farmsteads, these neglected sites once played a key role in European history.
Through well-considered sustainable regeneration people can rediscover the past and
learn about traditional ways of life.
All destinations have played a key role in reviving their region, bringing new life to run-
down cultural, historical and nature sites, and acting as a catalyst for wider local
regeneration. City of Gmund/Carinthia (Austria), Marche-en-Famenne (Belgium),
Pustara Višnjica (Croatia), Kalopanayiotis (Cyprus), Slovacko (Czech Republic),
Lahemaa National Park Manors (Estonia), Roubaix (France), Municipality of Delphi
(Greece), Mecsek (Hungary), Stykkisholmur Municipality (Iceland), The Great Western
Greenway, Co Mayo (Ireland), Montevecchio, Municipality of Guspini (Italy), Ligatne
Village (Latvia), Rokiškis Manor (Lithuania), Għarb (Malta), Veenhuizen
(Netherlands), Żyrardow (Poland), Faial Nature Park (Portugal), Idrija (Slovenia),
Trasmiera Ecopark (Spain), Hamamonu-Altındağ Ankara (Turkey).

    The European Commission is taking action against Finland for concerns about
      the country's transposition of the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive
      and its failure to meet the 2010 deadline to transpose the EU Waste Framework
      Directive into national law. In the Commission's view, the Finnish laws
      transposing this Directive contain several shortcomings.
    The European Commission is taking action against Spain over shortcomings in
      its transposition of EU water legislation. As Spain already received a
      communication from the Commission on the matter and has failed to adopt the
      measures required to meet EU standards, the Commission is referring the case to
      the EU Court of Justice. Spanish legislation transposing the Water Framework
      Directive still contains several shortcomings, especially as regards River Basin
      Management Plans.
    The European Commission is urging France and Greece to take stronger
      measures to combat water pollution caused by nitrates. In France, the current
      legal framework and the nitrates action plans for zones vulnerable to nitrate
      pollution do not effectively guarantee that this pollution is addressed effectively,
      as required by EU law. Greece too has a number of failings in this area. In spite
      of the Directive being in force since 1991, both Member States have still not
      fully implemented it. The Member States have yet to designate all the zones
      which are vulnerable to nitrates pollution and adopt measures to effectively
      combat nitrates pollution in these zones.
    CAP reform continues to be debated and is unlikely to be resolved for many
      months. Many critics suggest that the proposed reforms are too timid, and the
      bias against the “new” Member states remains in the funding proposals. The

      documents acknowledge the importance of the role played by cultural and
      natural heritage in rural development.
    Tar sands/shale gas extraction policy is still under debate, with environmental
      organisations lobbying hard to discourage increased extraction in the EU on a
      number of grounds.
    Recognition of qualifications may become easier if proposals for the creation of
      a professional card that would help certain professions be recognised across the
      EU becomes a reality. The proposal is that the card would be linked to a
      database in which national authorities could check the qualifications of
      professional staff. The European Parliament has given this its stamp of
    €38 million is to be transferred from rural development projects to finance
      payments to Spain and Italy from the European Solidarity Fund.
    European Commission work programme 2012 The emphasis is
      on jobs, growth and confidence building. It is the Annex to the Work
      Programme that contains the proposals for legislation in the coming year. There
      is forseen a review of the EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) Directive,
      for an EU label in the tourism sector, and for a new EU forestry strategy. No
      mention of archaeology per se, and no timetable is attached at this stage.
    Sustainable Development Strategy. The EU will review this strategy during
      2012. At this stage no documentation is available.
    Europa Nostra November newsletter is available for viewing on
    Conference in Berlin The German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and
      Urban Development is organising a major conference in Berlin on 8-9
      December, titled “The Heritage of the City, the future of Europe”. For
      information go to or contact



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