Cooperatives for the European Cultural Heritage, this was the topic of an event hosted by the European Parliament

The cooperative model was highlighted by eminent experts and policy makers as a strategic resource for a sustainable Europe, at the event “The cooperative model for a sustainable development of the European Cultural Heritage”, hosted by the European Parliament on February 8th 2017.

“Culture create bridges and should be put at the heart of European policies”. This is how Silvia Costa, Member of the European Parliament and coordinator of the Committee on Culture and Education, opened her speech calling for stronger support and promotion of cooperative enterprises operating in the cultural and creative industries. According to the MEP, partnership between public authorities and cooperatives can be a key-resource for the sustainable development of cultural heritage, because of the very way of functioning of cooperatives, such as solidarity and equal distribution of surplus. Furthermore, Silvia Costa expressed the wish that the European Year of Cultural Heritage, to be celebrated in 2018, would be an opportunity for further promotion of innovating governance models in the cultural and creative industries.

Cooproute was mentioned by Lisa Mashimi, Policy Officer at Coooperatives Europe, as one of the initiatives promoting the role played by cooperatives in providing innovative and sustainable offers in the field of cultural tourism. The experience of the Italian cooperative CoopCulture was shared as an emblematic case of sustainability in the heritage and cultural activities sector.

The event was aimed to stimulate the dialogue and especially the cooperation between institutions, operators and entrepreneurs, in order to foster mutual understanding and a coordinated action for the redistribution and return to the territories of the revenue generated.

More information about CoopCulture’s impact in terms of organisational and territory sustainability can be found in its Sustainability Report 2015.